Gophers’ Dardanes, Ness both lose in NCAA wrestling semifinals

The Gophers’ hopes of a national team title (longshot) or one or more individual titles (realistic) ended Friday.

St. Louis – The Gophers, with four wrestlers in the quarterfinals and three in wrestlebacks, attempted to stay alive on Day 2 for another high finish at the NCAA wrestling championships.

It didn’t happen.

Two of Minnesota’s wrestlers lost in the quarterfinals and two more — the Gophers’ highest seeded — in the semifinals.

“We have 3 more All-Americans after wins in wrestlebacks — [Logan] Storley, [Scott[ Schiller and [Michael] Kroells,” Gophers coach J Robinson tweeted late Friday night. “That’s 5 for this season.” Continue reading at