Women’s Hockey and Wrestling Big Winners at 2012 Golden Goldys

Nelson, Ness, and Robinson receive awards

The University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics department recognized both the athletic and academic achievements by honoring its 750 student-athletes in a Golden Goldys/Scholar Athlete banquet, tonight at TCF Bank Stadium. The event marked the sixth year of the Golden Goldys and the 23rd year of the Scholar Athlete banquet.

The voting process includes spring sports of 2011 (baseball, men’s and women’s golf, rowing, softball, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field and men’s and women’s tennis) and the fall and winter sports of the 2011-12 athletic year. Continue reading at gophersports.com

Olympic Trials come to exciting end in front of over 13,000 in Iowa City

IOWA CITY – The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials wrapped up on Sunday with Clarissa Chun becoming the first two-time Olympian in women’s freestyle history for the United States, Sam Hazewinkel joining his father as an Olympian, Jared Frayer knocking off a hometown favorite, and young Ellis Coleman winning a title in front of 13,712 to finish off a two-day total of 54,766 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, without question a Trials record.

Nine champions were crowned – three in Greco-Roman, four in freestyle, and two in women’s freestyle – with eight of them punching their ticket to London. Continue reading at themat.com

Minnesotan advances in Olympic wrestling trials

IOWA CITY — R.C. Johnson is not one of those athletes who refuses to retire because he has nothing else in his life. As much as he loves wrestling, the Plymouth native also is excited to finish his Ph.D. in computer science and pursue the business ventures he’s setting up.

But he doesn’t want it to happen too soon. Johnson, an Armstrong High School graduate, has been putting all of his energy lately into earning a place on the U.S. Olympic wrestling team—and Sunday, he moved closer to reaching that goal. Johnson advanced to Sunday night’s finals in the Greco-Roman 96-kilogram class at the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials, winning two matches earlier in the day. Continue reading at startribune.com

Nine champions crowned on Saturday as eight earn Olympic berths

Chas Betts makes Olympic team

IOWA CITY – Only a select few can claim the title “Olympian.”

On Saturday in front of a capacity crowd of 13,750 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, eight wrestlers added the distinction to their resume.

For American Greco-Roman stars Spenser Mango and Dremiel Byers it will be visit number two to an Olympic Games. For six others a lifelong dream came true on a Saturday evening where none of the best-of-three series needed the full three bouts. Continue reading at themat.com