U finishes second at NCAA wrestling, crowns a champ in heavyweight Tony Nelson

Heavyweight Tony Nelson used a late takedown to win the NCAA title, while the Gophers were a solid runner-up behind powerful Penn State

ST. LOUIS — Tony Nelson made a promise to himself on the night of Dec. 4, 2011.

The Gophers sophomore heavyweight had just dropped his second successive match after winning the first seven of the season.

“I just kind of had a mental lapse that weekend,” Nelson recalled. “I told myself that was never going to happen again.”

It didn’t. Continue reading at startribune.com