Dec 182014
 

In a dual that included three forfeits, Minnesota built an early lead and held on to remain undefeated on the season

After scoring the first 12 points in Thursday’s night dual against No. 18 Northwestern, No. 1 Minnesota held off a charge from the Wildcats to win, 21-19, and remain undefeated on the season. The victory improves the Gophers record to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. The win also extended Minnesota’s winning streak over Northwestern to 13 matches and marks the fifth consecutive season Minnesota has begun conference competition 2-0.

The dual began at 174 with No. 4 Logan Storley earning six points by forfeit. The match was the first of three forfeits on the evening. Northwestern forfeited the match at 157 to No. 1 Dylan Ness, and Minnesota forfeited the match at 125 to Garrison White. Continue reading »

Dec 182014
 

In the fifth episode of Minnesota Wrestling: Through the Lens, titled “Giving Back,” Gopher wrestlers head out to do some holiday shopping, but they’re not buying gifts for parents, siblings or friends. Each year, a donor to the Gopher Wrestling program gives money specifically for wrestlers to go out and shop for those in need and personally drop off the donated items at a local charity. Continue reading »

Dec 172014
 

In this week’s Coach’s Corner, Gopher Wrestling Head Assistant Coach Brandon Eggum looks ahead to the team’s return to dual action Thursday against Northwestern, which will include three ranked-versus-ranked matchups and offer two Gophers a shot at the No. 1 wrestlers at their weights – Jake Short at 149 against defending Big Ten and National Champion Jason Tsirtsis and No. 12 Michael Kroells against three-time All-American Mike McMullen. Continue reading »

Dec 172014
 

MANKATO, Minn. – Ten wrestlers will represent Minnesota State as it competes Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev.

This year’s Reno Tounament of Champions field consists of 21 teams including Clackamas (#1 NJCAA), Southern Oregon (#2 NAIA), Montana State-Northern (#3 NAIA), Oklahoma State (#8 NCAA Division I), and Menlo College (#10 NAIA). Two NCAA Division II teams will compete who are ranked, #18 Colorado Mesa University and #19 Upper Iowa. Continue reading »

Dec 172014
 

Gophers welcome No. 18 Northwestern to the Sports Pavilion, a venue at which the Wildcats have not won since 1990

After a trip to Las Vegas and a week away from competition for final exams, No. 1 Minnesota will resume its dual schedule on Thursday when it hosts No. 18 Northwestern. The top-ranked Gophers are 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while the dual will be the Big Ten opener for the 8-1 Wildcats.

Thursday’s match will be the fourth consecutive home dual for Minnesota after opening its dual season with a pair of road victories against Air Force and Wyoming. The Gophers began this stretch of home meets with victories against Grand Canyon (36-8) and Michigan State (36-3) on back-to-back nights, the latter of which is Minnesota’s lone Big Ten dual to-date. The following weekend, Minnesota defeated No. 8 Oklahoma State, 19-15. In its five duals so far this season, Minnesota has won by an average score of 30-9. Continue reading »

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