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.” Continue reading

NDSU’s Kurtis Julson, Hayden Zillmer Fight Thru Consolation Brackets to Reach NCAA Championships Medal Round

ST. LOUIS, Mo.— A pair of incredible 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships journeys aren’t over yet for North Dakota State University 174-pound senior Kurtis Julson and 184 junior Hayden Zillmer, who fought their way through the consolation bracket during session IV on Friday, March 20, before 18,761 at the Scottrade Center. The total paid attendance for the four sessions is 74,044.

Julson posted a 10-4 decision over Oregon State’s Joe Lathem, while the No. 6-seeded Zillmer upset No. 2 Max Thomusseit of Pitt by the score of 7-1 to clinch places in the medal round of the NCAA Championships that start at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Continue reading

NDSU’s Julson, Zillmer Continue Their Push Forward at NCAA Wrestling Championships

ST. LOUIS, Mo.— North Dakota State University 174 pounder Kurtis Julson and 184 Hayden Zillmer stayed alive and advanced in the consolation round during session three of the NCAA Championships on Friday, March 20, before 18,486 at the Scottrade Center.

Julson (22-10) takes on Oregon State’s Joe Latham (24-17), while Zillmer (36-4) battles No. 2-seed Pitt’s Max Thomusseit (26-2) in session four that starts at 7 o’clock tonight. Both wrestlers need to win one more match to advance to the medal round. Continue reading

Ream Wins Pair as Five NDSU Wrestlers Advance to Friday at NCAA Championships

ST. LOUIS, Mo.— North Dakota State University 149-pound redshirt freshman Clay Ream won a pair of matches in the NCAA Wrestling Championships consolation round to lead a group of five Bison that advanced during the second session Thursday, March 19, before 18,414 fans at the Scottrade Center. No NDSU wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals in the championship bracket.

North Dakota State is tied for 27th with Maryland, and Princeton in the NCAA Championship team standings with six points. Continue reading