Jacks return home to face rival Bison

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The South Dakota State wrestling team returns to Frost Arena for the final homestand of the season as the team hosts North Dakota State Friday at 7 p.m. in Western Wrestling Conference action.

Aaron Pickrel leads the Jackrabbits with a 2-1 WWC record and a 24-8 overall record. Pickrel notched four-straight wins at the North Country Open last week to win the 125-pound weight division. Pickrel is 5-0 in falls with the quickest in one minute three seconds. He will not compete Friday against NDSU due to injury. 

This week’s Competition

North Dakota State Bison – North Dakota State enters the weekend 7-4 overall and 1-3 in the WWC. The Bison dropped a dual against Air Force 22-19 and no. 25 Wyoming 35-3 in their last conference action.

Trent Sprenkle, ranked no. 19 by Intermat and no. 22 by the NCAA owns a 26-7 record, including 3-1 in the WWC. Sprenkle lost his first conference bout to no. 18 Michael Martinez of Wyoming Jan. 30, but he won seven of his last eight matches. The sophomore lost only two of 11 dual matches on the season so far.

Vince Salminen, ranked no. 18 by Intermat and the NCAA, is 31-5 on the season and 4-0 in the WWC. The 157-pounder was the lone Bison to tally a win against no. 25 Wyoming in NDSU’s last conference matchup. The senior has won seven of his last eight bouts and has only three dual losses.

The Jacks are 19-34-1 against the Bison all time.

Jacks by numbers – The 11 grapplers on the probable lineup for the matchup against NDSU own 59 wins on the season with 126 bout losses.

As a team, the Jacks won 35 matches by fall with the two quickest falls in 32 seconds (Joe Brewster) and 34 seconds (Cord Willers).

David Michaud and Dustin Walraven claim the most wins by fall, both with a 6-0 falls record. Aaron Pickrel follows with a 5-0 falls record.

The Jacks have 68 wins by decision, 20 wins by major decision and six wins by technical fall.

Wrestlers on Facebook – Fans can show their support for the Jackrabbit wrestlers on Facebook. Log onto Facebook.com/JackrabbitWrestling to keep up with the Jackrabbit grapplers.

Fans can also follow Jackrabbit Athletics on the all new Facebook page by logging onto Facebook.com/SDSU.Jackrabbit.Nation.

Jackrabbit Extra – Subscribers to the Jackrabbit Extra on GoJacks.com can view select SDSU wrestling matches live on the internet. To subscribe to the Jackrabbit Extra, log onto GoJacks.com, select Jackrabbit Extra on the Audio/Video tab and click  “sign up.”

Jackrabbit Insider on FOX and FSN –  “Jackrabbit Insider” airs at 10:30 p.m. Sundays on KTTW FOX 7.  The show can also be seen on FOX Sports North Tuesdays at 6 p.m. CT. FOX College Sports Central will air the program Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. “Jackrabbit Insider” is also available through the Jackrabbit Extra video on-demand service at GoJacks.com.

Hosted by Tyler Merrium, “Jackrabbit Insider” is a weekly half-hour program that provides Jackrabbit fans with a behind-the-scenes look at South Dakota State University Athletics.

Last week – Aaron Pickrel and Dustin Walraven tallied top finishes for the South Dakota State wrestling team Saturday in the North Country Open, hosted by Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.

No. one seed Pickrel went 4-0 at the tournament to win the 125-pound weight class. He defeated his opponents 52-12, including two wins by decision, one major decision and a technical fall.

No. two seed Walraven went 4-1 in the 149-pound division to place second. Walraven won his first match by fall in 51 seconds against Alex Stepanek of Concordia Nebraska. He went on to win his next match by medical forfeit. He defeated the no. seven seed by technical fall 28-7 in 5:12 before beating the no. three seed by fall 4:47. He dropped the championship match to no. one seed Myanganbayar Batsukh of St. John’s 20-4. 

Next Up – The Jacks wrap up the regular season when they host Utah Valley Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in Frost Arena.

NCAA announces 2011 Division I Wrestling Championships are sold out

NCAA announces 2011 Division I Wrestling Championships are sold out

February 9, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — The Division I Wrestling Committee, Rider University and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference have announced that tickets for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are sold out.

“The committee is absolutely thrilled to see the wrestling championships sold out for the second year in a row,” said Derek van der Merwe, chair of the Division I Wrestling Committee and senior associate director of athletics at Central Michigan University. “This championship event continues to grow and it is great to see how the city of Philadelphia and the college wrestling community have enhanced this.”

The three-day event, taking place March 17-19 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., officially sold out of all-session tickets, and because of this no single session tickets will be available for the championships.

The NCAA Fan Festival, a free event for all fans, will be open March 17-19 from 1-7 p.m. each day at Lincoln Financial Field. Events include USA Wrestling National Team practices, the “Family Ties” National Wrestling Hall of Fame presentation and display, the NWCA Coaches Clinic and the annual Semifinals Preview Show. Additionally, there will be daily autograph sessions, a trivia contest, the WIN Magazine Memorabilia Show and a “Taste of Philadelphia” food, beverage and lounge area.

Tickets for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., go on sale Thursday, March 17. To purchase tickets or for more information on the wrestling championships, log on to NCAA.com/wrestling.

Dragons Host Wolves In Annual John Sterner Endowment Dual

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team remains No. 20 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association poll for the NCAA Division-II wrestling standings. Tallen Wald joins Brady Schneeberger and Corey Ulmer in the individual national rankings for the Dragons.

No. 3 Corey Ulmer (19-4) moves up three spots in the latest polls, in large part to his 8-0 win over then-No. 2 Andy Forstner of Minnesota State Mankato on Jan. 20. Ulmer is currently on a 7-match winning streak since his one-point loss to No. 1 ranked Russell Weakley of North Carolina-Pembroke. Heading into the dual versus Northern State, Ulmer is 7-2 against the NSIC.

Brady Schneeberger remains No. 3 despite being inactive since the dual at the University of Mary (N.D.). Schneeberger has posted a 9-8 record this season, 3-2 in conference action, including a 2-2 record against U-Mary’s Todd Beaman with one loss being a medical default.

Schneeberger became the NSIC’s top 141-pounder when he upset Augustana’s Jay Sherer at last year’s NCAA Division-II Super III Regionals in Aberdeen, S.D. Schneeberger beat Sherer a second straight time at Augustana by a final of 5-2 and is a game day decision against Northern State (S.D.).

Also joining the national rankings is redshirt senior Tallen Wald at 157 pounds. Dating back to the national duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Wald has posted a 7-4 record and holds a 15-10 record overall. In the NSIC, Wald is 5-2 with his only losses coming to the top two wrestlers in conference, No. 2 John Sundgren of St. Cloud State and No. 3 Marcus Edgington of Augustana.

THE WOLVES

The Northern State Wolves are unranked but do bring in two ranked wrestlers, including No. 4 Cale Cornemann at 184 pounds and No. 2 ranked heavyweight Matt Meuleners.

The Wolves are currently on a six dual losing streak after getting shutout at the hands of No. 3 St. Cloud State. Prior to that the Wolves fell by only two points to NAIA No. 12 Dickinson State (N.D.).

The closest match in the dual against St. Cloud State was a battle of the top two heavyweights in the nation at the D-II level. No. 2 Matt Meuleners battled Jake Kahnke, the nation’s top heavyweight, in the final matchup. Kahnke came away with a narrow 5-4 win, leading to the Huskies shutout.

The Wolves’ last win came on Jan. 12 against Northwestern University (Iowa) 47-3. The Wolves are 0-4 against NSIC opponents so far this season. The Wolves were picked to finish seventh in the NSIC in the preseason coaches’ poll.

THE SERIES

The Dragons lead the all-time series with the Wolves 18-9. In their last meeting, the Wolves snuck out a win over the Dragons 19-16. The Dragons fired ahead of the Wolves, winning four of the first five matches, but the Dragons stumbled from there as the Wolves came back to take the win. Corey UlmerEvan FordeTyler Steinwand and Tallen Wald all earned victories in the dual.

In last year’s dual, Jon Swart and Matt Meuleners both met at 197 pounds and meet up again at heavyweight. Schneeberger and Crow may meet up once again along with Tyler Steinwand potentially dueling once more with Beau Voegeli. The Dragons starters went 2-2 against Wolves’ wrestlers at the Bison Open on Nov. 13.

JOHN STERNER ENDOWMENT
John Sterner coached the Dragons from 1988 until 2003. During his 15 years as Dragons wrestling head coach, the Dragons went 137-92-1 overall. This past April, Coach Sterner was inducted into the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Admission is seven dollars, all of which goes into the fund benefiting Dragons’ wrestling scholarships.

The dual is set to begin at 7 p.m. inside Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The Dragons wrestling team will host their Overtime Period at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Moorhead following the conclusion of the dual.

SJU Wrestling Ranked Seventh, Four Johnnies in Top 10

NWCA Team Rankings | NWCA Individual Rankings

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – The Saint John’s University wrestling team dropped one spot to No. 7 in the latest Brute-Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III team rankings released Feb. 8.

In the NCAA Great Lakes Region, Augsburg stayed at No. 3, Concordia-Moorhead moved up one spot to No. 6, North Central (Ill.) fell three spots to No. 22, and Elmhurst (Ill.) moved up one to No. 24.

Four of the Johnnies’ 10 starters remained ranked individually. Senior Matt Baarson (20-3 record; Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park) stayed at No. 1 in the 165-pound weight class. He has won five of his last six matches since the previous rankings (Jan. 25), with his lone loss to Steven Monk from Division I North Dakota State in the North Country Open championship last Saturday.

Senior Minga Batsukh (19-1 record; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.) moved up one spot to No. 3 at 149 after defeating then-No. 3 Tony Valek from Augsburg two weeks ago. Batsukh’s only loss this season was to No. 2 Blaine Woszczak of Ithaca (N.Y.). Last weekend, Batsukh won his weight class with four technical falls and a major decision. He collected a total of 50 takedowns in his five matches, including a school-record in his 35-19 win in the opening round. The 17 takedowns broke the old record of 15 set by Scot Doboszenski during the 1992-93 season.

Junior Matt Pfarr (19-5 record; Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson)  stayed at No. 4, while junior Dustin Baxter (18-5 record; Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley) held steady at No. 7 at 184. Baxter won his first match of the North Country before forfeiting the semifinal to teammateMitch Hagen. He then posted a major decision and won the third-place match via forfeit. Pfarr, meanwhile, won the 174-pound bracket with a 5-0 record and a 13-4 major decision in the championship match.

The Johnnies finish their regular season at the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Invitational this Saturday, Feb. 12. Teams scheduled to attend include No. 3 Augsburg, Jamestown (N.D.), Luther (Iowa), No. 22 North Central (Ill.), No. 3 St. Cloud State (Division II), Wisconsin-Eau Claire, No. 2 Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Wisconsin-Parkside, No. 18 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (No. 18), No. 17 Wisconsin-Whitewater, No. 1 Wartburg (Iowa) and Winona State.

Mustangs Travel to Mankato for First NSIC Road Dual

Back at Home on Friday


Assistant wrestling coach Jake Avre previews upcoming duals

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (5-3-1, 1-3 NSIC) will hit the road for its first road NSIC dual of the season. The Mustangs are set to take on No. 8 Minnesota State (8-4, 4-1 NSIC) on Thursday, Feb. 10 with action beginning at 7 p.m. at Bresnan Arena in Mankato. SMSU will return home on Friday for its final home dual of the season against Buena Vista (Iowa) (4-8, 2-7 IIAC) at 7 p.m. in the PE Gym.

Follow us live: All NSIC wrestling matches are video broadcast live free of charge by New Media TV. Log onto www.northernsun.org/live.cfmto learn more and to watch the Mustangs when they are on the road! Or go to www.smsumustangs.com and click on the Live Video Webcasts tab on the right hand side of the page.

Four straight: CD Johnson (184 pounds) continues to roll picking up his 21st win of the season last Saturday against Kody Kalkbrenner of Minnesota State Moorhead. Johnson picked up a 10-2 major decision over Kalkbrenner, earning his fourth straight NSIC victory.

Three of the four wins came by major decisions. Johnson’s streak started with a 15-0 major decision over No. 5 Mic Berg (St. Cloud State). The senior then went on to win a 10-2 major decision over Mark Mueller (Upper Iowa), 6-4 decision over Tom Davies (Augustana) and a 10-2 major decision over Kalkbrenner (MSUM). The win over Kalkbrenner extended Johnson’s season record to 22-11. Johnson set a new career-high for wins (previously 19).

Rodas rules: Junior Brian Rodas (285 pounds) lost his first match of the season last Saturday, falling to Jon Swart (MSU Moorhead). Swart needed an extra session to defeat Rodas 2-1. Rodas was unbeaten in four previous matches. The junior has won three of his four bouts by fall this season.

The reign of Reinsma: Redshirt freshman Justin Reinsma (133 pounds) enters the weekend with a 21-10 record. After two consecutive losses, to ranked opponents, Reinsma snapped back to earn a 2-1 victory over Evan Forde (MSUM). Reinsma’s win pushed the Mustangs lead to 15-10 as SMSU went on to win the dual 18-16.

20-plus club: CD Johnson and Justin Reinsma were the first two Mustangs this season to reach the 20-win plateau. Johnson currently owns a record of 22-11 while Reinsma sits at 21-10.

Mavericks at a glance:
 The Mavericks are coming off two consecutive losses to the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country. Last Friday, Minnesota State hosted No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha and lost that dual 22-12 after owning an early 9-3 lead. Just a weekend earlier the Mavericks squared off with No. 2 Augustana College and lost that dual 21-10. Minnesota State has three wrestlers currently ranked in their respective weight classes. Andy Forstner is ranked fourth at 125 pounds. Aaron Norgren (184 pounds) and Ben Becker (174 pounds) are each ranked sixth in their weight class.

Results vs. the Mavericks:
 Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota State first met during the 1980-81 season. The Mavericks lead the all-time series 21-8, and have won the last 19 meetings between the two schools. Last season, SMSU led the Mavericks 15-11 at home before winning the dual’s final three bouts to top SMSU 22-15 in Marshall.

Beavers at a glance: Buena Vista hosted a double-header last weekend against Northwestern College (Iowa) and Morningside College. The Beavers started off the night with a 32-22 win over Northwestern before falling 40-9 to Morninside. Buena Vista had lost four straight duals before beating Northwestern last Thursday. Buena Vista has two wrestlers ranked in the Division III individual rankings. Austin Mogg is currently ranked second at 125 pounds and Brian Broll ranks sixth in the 197-pound weight class.

Results vs. the Beavers:
 SMSU and Buena Vista have competed in duals since the 1969-70 season. Buena Vista currently owns the lead in the all-time series (20-6-1). The Mustangs won the last meeting between the two schools on Jan. 30, 2010. SMSU defeated the Beavers 41-3 in Storm Lake, Iowa, winning nine out of 10 bouts.

Mustang lineup:

Wt. Wrestler
125 Travis Borchert (9-11)
133 Justin Reinsma (21-10)
141 Ethan Hildebrandt (16-8)
149 Demond Carter (3-5)
157 Casey Field (8-14)
165 William Fate (6-4) or Logan McAlpin (1-11)
174 Zach Coates (9-6)
184 CD Johnson (22-11)
197 Martin Hagen (10-10)
285 Brian Rodas (5-1)

Mavericks lineup:

Wt. Wrestler
125 No. 4 Andy Forstner (16-11)
133 David Demo (8-13)
141 Robby Fisher (11-14)
149 Jesse Westphal (13-14)
157 Tel Todd (19-11)
165 Brendan Eichmann (18-15)
174 No. 6 Ben Becker (12-5)
184 No. 6 Aaron Norgren (20-8)
197 Pat Mahan (6-6)
285 Nate Haynes (10-18)

Beavers lineup:

Wt. Wrestler
125 No. 2 Austin Mogg (18-6)
133 Mike Berardesco (10-14)
141 Tim Vore (1-17)
149 Zach Ryan (8-14)
157 Codey Schultz (4-8)
165 Dez Broeg (6-17)
174 Casey Paprocki (8-18)
184 Joe Klinkel (7-18)
197 No. 6 Brian Broll (23-3)
285 Jacob Nelson (5-13)

Last time out: The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team won its first NSIC dual of the season last Saturday by defeating No. 20 Minnesota State University Moorhead 18-16. The win marks SMSU’s first win over MSU Moorhead since the 2000-01 season.

The Mustangs and the Dragons each earned five individual wins but SMSU’s major decisions from Zach Coates, Martin Hagen and CD Johnson led SMSU to victory. The win was SMSU’s first NSIC dual victory since Feb. 13, 2010, when SMSU defeated U-Mary 25-15.

Gophers Head to No. 10 Michigan, Host No. 3 Penn State Sunday

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota returns to action this weekend with a pair of duals against nationally ranked opponents — taking on No. 10 Michigan on Friday at 6 p.m. CST in Ann Arbor before hosting No. 3 Penn State at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Sports Pavilion.

Michigan (10-3 overall, 5-1 Big Ten) is coming off a split last weekend, taking down Wisconsin 26-9 last Friday but losing to Penn State 28-13 two days later in Ann Arbor for their first loss at home this year (the Wolverines are 3-1 at Cliff Keen Arena in 2010-11). The loss also snapped a six-dual winning streak for Michigan dating back to Jan. 8 (a 24-12 loss also to Penn State in the finals of the Virginia Duals). Michigan features five wrestlers ranked by Intermat including 141 lbs. redshirt junior Kellen Russell, ranked No. 1 in the nation by Intermat. Russell is 27-0 this season.

Penn State (15-1, 4-1) waltzed into the state of Michigan last weekend and came home with a pair of wins — taking down Michigan State 30-9 on Friday before beating the Wolverines on Sunday. The sweep put the Nittany Lions back on track after the program suffered its first loss of the season to Iowa (22-13) on Jan. 30. Penn State lists eight nationally ranked wrestlers on its roster including six grapplers ranked in the top-ten.

Big Ten Network Coverage
The Big Ten Network will give fans who can’t make it out to see the Gophers live a chance to watch this weekend’s action. Friday’s dual at Michigan will be streamed online at BigTenNetwork.com (subscription required). Meanwhile, Sunday’s showdown of top-five teams will be aired by the network on tape delay at 9:30 p.m. on 2/13 and again on 2/15 at 7 p.m.

Big Ten Network Coverage
The Big Ten Network will give fans who can’t make it out to see the Gophers live a chance to watch this weekend’s action. Friday’s dual at Michigan will be streamed online at BigTenNetwork.com (subscription required). Meanwhile, Sunday’s showdown of top-five teams will be aired by the network on tape delay at 9:30 p.m. on 2/13 and again on 2/15 at 7 p.m.

Match of the Meets
Each and every Gopher wrestling match is full of excitement and entertainment but this weekend two bouts stand out among the rest. Minnesota’s Mike Thorn (31-1) will have his hands full this weekend when he faces off against two of the elite wrestlers in the nation. He opens the weekend on Friday against the only man who has beaten him this year — Michigan’s Kellen Russell. Thorn, the No. 2 wrestler  at 141 lbs., dropped a 6-2 decision to top-ranked Russell in the finals of the Southern Scuffle on Dec. 29. Minnesota’s All-American currently leads all Big Ten wrestler’s with 31 wins this season. Russell ranks second in the conference’s 141 lbs. bracket with a 27-0 record while Thorn’s opponent on Sunday, No. 7 Andrew Alton, ranks third at 25-4.

Every Point Counts
Redshirt senior Mike Thorn’s 17-0 technical fall over Randall Languis at 141 lbs. last Saturday was just the latest in a long line of victims for the All-American. With a 31-1 overall record (17-0 in duals), Thorn has scored bonus points in over 65 percent of his matches this season (11 pins, seven major decisions, three technical falls).

The Road to Philadelphia
Minnesota has fielded one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2010-11 — having already taken on ten nationally ranked programs with three top-ten teams still to go. The Gophers are 7-3 against ranked opponents this year while all three losses have come against top-five teams.

500 for Robinson
Saturday’s dual at Michigan will mark the 500th dual in the head coaching history of J Robinson. Robinson holds a 370-126-3 coaching record — all at Minnesota — and holds the most wins among active Big Ten coaches.

Getting the Pin
All-American Mike Thorn cracked Minnesota’s top-ten for career pins earlier this year and currently sits tied with Jacob Volkmann for ninth on the school’s all-time list with 34 career pins. Thorn needs one more fall to take sole possession of ninth and four pins to tie Jason Davids (1994-98) and Mack Reiter (2004-08) for seventh on the Gophers’ list. Jayson Ness (2006-10) ranks first in career pins at Minnesota with 73.

Feeling Right at Home
Minnesota is 13-6 all-time against Penn State in a series that dates back to 1985. But the Gophers have been extremely lucky against their conference foe as of late — winning seven in a row against the Nittany Lions. Penn State has not beaten Minnesota since Feb. 6, 1998 while the Nittany Lions have not won at Minnesota since Feb. 8, 1992.  Minnesota is 26-30-2 all-time against Michigan.

Big Ten Tourney Rematch
A rematch of last year’s Big Ten tournament third-place match is possible on Sunday should Penn State’s Brad Pataky compete against Zach Sanders at 125 lbs. Sanders, currently ranked fifth, earned 13-11 sudden victory win over Pataky last year to claim third place at the conference championship.

Two Matches, Two Wins
Twice in the 2010-11 wrestling seasons have Minnesota coaches called on redshirt sophomore Matt Mincey to compete in dual action, and twice has Mincey (10-5 overall)come away with wins despite wrestling in two different weight classes. The Apple Valley, Minn. native opened his dual season on Jan. 21 with a surprising 15-0 tech fall over Purdue’s Tommy Churchard in the 149 lbs. match before tallying an 11-8 decision against Sean Nemec of Ohio State last Saturday in a 157 lbs. match.

Honoring an Icon
Minnesota will honor one of the greatest wrestlers to ever don the Maroon and Gold on Sunday when the program celebrates Ness’ historic career. The four-time All-American was the first Gopher ever to win the prestigious Hodge Trophy and concluded his career with a national championship and a perfect 31-0 season in 2009-10. Ness sits first all-time in career pins (73) and third all-time in career victories (148) at Minnesota.

Robinson Celebrates 25 Years
The University of Minnesota will honor head wrestling coach J Robinson for his 25 years of service to the program during the Gophers’ dual against Iowa next Sunday. Robinson has brought the program to a new level during his tenure including coaching the Gophers to the first three NCAA titles in school history (2001, 2002, 2007).

J Robinson 25th Anniversary Ceremony Set for Iowa

MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota will honor head wrestling coach J Robinson’s 25 years of service on Sunday, Feb. 20 when the No. 4 Gophers host No. 2 Iowa at Williams Arena. The long-time Gophers coach has brought Minnesota’s wrestling program to new heights since taking over the program in 1986 while the J Robinson name has become synonymous with amateur wrestling.

Robinson, a two-time National Coach of the Year, has guided the program to three national championships including the school’s first-ever NCAA title in 2001. Minnesota rewrote the record book that year, becoming the first team in NCAA championships history to record 10 All-Americans and the first team to capture the team title without placing a competitor in the final round. Minnesota would repeat as national champions in 2002 and add a third title in 2007.

Robinson has also coached 12 individual NCAA champions while 46 of his wrestlers have amassed a total of 97 All-America honors including the only six Gophers to earn All-American honors in each of their four years of eligibility.

A native of San Diego, Calif., Robinson has been labeled the “Dean of Big Ten Wrestling,” earning six conference championships and coaching 42 Gophers to individual Big Ten titles. Robinson has been named the conference’s Coach of the Year a record seven times.

The university will honor Robinson throughout the Minnesota/Iowa dual — one of the most anticipated events of the year in college wrestling – including a 25th anniversary celebration preceding the dual and a commemorative poster and t-shirt giveaway for fans.

No. 4 Minnesota returns to action this weekend at No. 14 Michigan on Friday night before taking on No. 3 Penn State on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers then close out the regular season against Iowa a week later at 2 p.m. at Williams Arena.