Gophers open as preseason favorites

Minnesota is ranked No. 1 after finishing second to Penn State at last year’s NCAA championships.

Tony Nelson flexed his biceps as the heavyweight champion of college wrestling last March, but he and his Gophers teammates had to watch as Penn State ran away with the team title.

Minnesota finished second to Penn State at the NCAA championships, but it carries the No. 1 ranking into this season, according to the USA Today poll. They shoulder equally lofty goals.

“Our goal is a national title,” assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. Continue reading at

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