Nelson’s title season ends with honors

The sophomore heavyweight won 25 straight matches to end the season.

Sunday’s team wrestling banquet capped off a crazy weekend for Gophers heavyweight Tony Nelson.

Before the banquet held at a Minneapolis hotel, Nelson spent the weekend in Cambridge, Minn., being honored by his hometown. His former high school had a pep fest for him and Cambridge Mayor Marlys Palmer proclaimed April 27, 2012, “Tony Nelson Day,” which the soft-spoken Nelson described as “pretty neat.” Continue reading at

Ruiz drops only bout at 96kg Greco-Roman at Olympic Qualifying event in China on Sunday

Justin Ruiz (Orem, Utah/New York AC) was defeated in his first match and was eliminated from competition at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. in Greco-Roman at the World Olympic Games Qualifying Tourmament in Taiyuan, China on Sunday.

At this event, an athlete must place in the top three of their weight class to qualify their nation for the London Games. Only athletes whose weights are not yet qualified for the Olympics may enter. Continue reading at

Itasca adds two for the fall

Itasca has added two wrestlers to their 2012 incoming class.

Joining the Vikings in the fall are two-time state qualifier Michael Dyer of Richfield and two-time state placewinner Dwayne Redlin of Deuel, South Dakota. Dyer is a heavyweight and Redlin is projected at 149 or 157 pounds.

Where are they going in 2012-13?