Off the mat, an even fiercer fight

At home meets, wrestling fans vote on the coaches’ personal style.

Gophers wrestling matches at the Sports Pavilion usually start off with a 125-pound bout.

If head assistant coach Brandon Eggum had his way, though, the matches would instead kick off with a fashion show.

A catwalk, flashing lights, bumping walk-out music — anything that would allow the Gophers coaching staff to “strut their stuff” down the runway in the name of winning best-dressed. Continue reading at

NWCA Division I National Duals set for Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 16-17

Manheim, Pa. — The National Wrestling Coaches Association will hold the EAS Sports Nutrition NWCA National Duals presented by Hibiclens and the United States Marine Corps in honor of Cliff Keen on February 16-17 at Ohio State University’s St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The competition will feature 14 top NCAA Division I wrestling programs in a dual meet advancement tournament to crown a national dual champion. This year’s field includes Bloomsburg, Central Michigan, Chattanooga, Cornell, Hofstra, Illinois, Iowa State, Kent State, Minnesota, North Dakota State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon State and Virginia Tech. Continue reading

Gophers pummel Hoosiers 35-6

Tony Nelson lost his third match in a row in the win against Indiana.

In its first dual since moving back to No. 2 in the NCAA rankings, the Gophers wrestling team pounced on Indiana from the get-go in a 35-6 rout.

It was a dominant win, but it didn’t come without a speed bump — two-time defending NCAA heavyweight champion Tony Nelson dropped another match, his third loss in a row and fourth in his last six matches. Continue reading at