Kokesh defeats Storley in battle of South Dakota wrestlers

St. Louis — It wasn’t for a national championship, but on Saturday, Robert Kokesh and Logan Storley fought for third place — and South Dakota bragging rights.

Kokesh, a senior Nebraska wrestler from Wagner, and Storley, a senior Minnesota wrestler and Webster graduate, had faced each other various times throughout their career.

The pair of friends took the mat one last time in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships 174-pound third place match. Kokesh defeated Storley in sudden victory 6-4. Continue reading at www.mitchellrepublic.com

Minnesota in 8th at NCAA Championships

The Gophers have now placed top 10 at NCAAs in 22 times of the past 27 seasons and produced at least one All-American for 30 straight years

Minnesota finished its run in the 2015 NCAA Championships on Saturday with 59.5 team points, led by fourth-place finishes from seniors Chris Dardanes, Logan Storley and Scott Schiller. In all, five of the eight Gophers who wrestled in St. Louis this weekend earned All-America medals, with Dylan Ness and Michael Kroells joining the trio of fourth-place finishers on the podium at their respective weight.

While the team’s placement in the tournament will not be final until the conclusion of Saturday night’s session, the Gophers currently sit in eighth. Minnesota can finish no worse than ninth.

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NDSU’s All-American Boys: Hayden Zillmer Places Sixth & Kurtis Julson Eighth at NCAA Championships

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—North Dakota State University 184-pounder Hayden Zillmer placed sixth and 174 Kurtis Julson finished eighth as each earned All-American honors during session five of the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 21, before 18,797 spectators at the Scottrade Center. It is the first time in wrestling program history NDSU has had two Division I All-Americans in the same year.

Julson and Zillmer join an elite NDSU Division I All-American group that includes Bill Demaray (1977, 7th 177 pounds), Lee Petersen (1973, 4th 142; 1974, 7th 142), Brad Rheingans (1975, 4th 190), Mike Langlais (1984, 6th 150), Pat Johannes (1988, 7th 177), Trent Sprenkle (2013, 5th 125) and Steven Monk (2014, 3rd 165).

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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 www.startribune.com

Gophers Chris Dardanes, Dylan Ness lose in semifinals

ST. LOUIS — Minnesota’s hopes for of advancing a wrestler to the finals of the NCAA wrestling championships came to a painful end Friday night at Scottrade Center.

Oklahoma’s Cody Brewer derailed Chris Dardanes’ bid to finish his senior season unbeaten at 133 pounds, and fellow senior Dylan Ness was forced to default as he attempted to make the finals for a third time.

Ness suffered a dislocated shoulder, according to Gophers coach J Robinson, with a half-minute left in the first period of his semifinal match with Cornell’s Brian Realbuto at 157 pounds. Continue reading at www.twincities.com

Gophers Secure Five All-Americans at NCAAs

Four Minnesota seniors join select groups in Gopher Wrestling history, while a first-year starter also will reach the podium

Saturday’s action at the NCAA Championships was marked by highs and lows for Minnesota, which finished the day tied for ninth with 49 team points. Five Gophers earned All-America accolades, with Chris Dardanes and Dylan Ness locking up the honors with quarterfinal victories in the morning session, while Logan Storley, Scott Schiller and Michael Kroells earned their All-America status through victories in wrestlebacks. The quintet gives Minnesota at least five All-Americans for the sixth consecutive season. All five will be in consolation matches tomorrow morning, however.

“It’s great that Michael Kroells is an All-American this year and that four of the five seniors came back,” said Head Coach J Robinson. “But so many disappointing things happened, including Dylan getting hurt. It’s hard to codify the whole day in a couple of words – highs and lows.”

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