NCAA Wrestling Championships: Tony Nelson Takes Home Heavyweight Title

Tony Nelson won the heavyweight championship at the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

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NCAA Wrestling Championships 2012 Results: Tony Nelson Is A Heavyweight Champion

The 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships ended on Saturday night with a bang for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Gophers finished second in the team standings to the Penn State Nittany Lions, but heavyweight Tony Nelson took home a title in the final match of the evening.

It wasn't the prettiest match of the championships, but the Gophers' press release explained it quite well:

Nelson was down 1-0 going into the third period and had 1:10 of riding time. The sophomore scored an escape to even the score at 1-1 with 1:36 reaming in the period. Nelson would score a takedown with seven seconds remaining to go up 3-1. He would ride him out to end the match and earn an additional point for riding time and the championship, with a 4-1 win.

Redshirt freshman Dylan Ness lost 4-1 to Penn State's Frank Molinaro in the 149-pound championship. Results from the consolation bracket were written about here earlier.

Full brackets for the tournament are located here. For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher.

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NCAA Wrestling Championships 2012: Zach Sanders Takes Third To Become 4-Time All-American

The 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships continued on Saturday morning with the consolation bracket finishing up prior to Saturday night's championship matches. The morning session didn't feature the best results for the Minnesota Golden Gophers considering Penn State clinched the team championship, but the Gophers performed admirably anyway.

Zach Sanders finished with a victory in his final match for the Gophers, defeating Cornell's Frank Perrelli in overtime to clinch a 6-4 victory and third place in the 125-pound division. It was an impressive finish for Sanders as he finished his college career as a four-time All-American for Minnesota.


Related: Bracket Sets Up Difficult Finals Matches For Gopher at 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships

Chris Dardanes also did well in the 133-pound weight class, though he was pinned by Iowa's Tony Ramos in the third place match to end his season. Kevin Steinhaus won the fifth place match in the 184 pound divsion, Logan Storley notched a sixth place in the 174 pound bracket and Sonny Yohn finished his senior season with a fifth place victory -- the best finish of his career.

Full brackets for the tournament are located here. For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher.

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NCAA Wrestling Championships 2012: Bracket Sets Up Difficult Finals Matches For Minnesota Golden Gophers

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are still in second place after the second of the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships, but the big test will come during the completion of the bracket on Saturday evening. Two Gophers were able to advance to the finals of their weight class and will be looking to add a title to their résumé.

149-pounder Dylan Ness and heavyweight Tony Nelson are both undefeated through the first two days of the event. Ness picked up an 8-5 decision victory over Tyler Nauman of Pittsburgh while Nelson gave Oregon's Clayton Jack his second loss of the season with a 4-3 decision victory.

Ness will face Penn State's Frank Molinaro in the 149 pound championship match, a man he's lost to three times already this season, while Nelson will be matched up against defending heavyweight champion Zach Rey of Lehigh.

Zach Sanders, Chris Dardanes, Logan Storley, Kevin Steinhaus and Sonny Yohn will also be wrestling on Saturday, albeit in the consolation bracket. If they're able to pick up a win, they're move on to wrestle for third place; with a loss, they'll be in contention for fifth place.

Full brackets for the tournament are located here. For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher.

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NCAA Wrestling Championships 2012: Day 2 Coverage To Be Televised On ESPNU

The 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships got off to a solid start for the Minnesota Golden Gophers on the opening day in St. Louis, but the challenges will continue on Friday. The quarterfinals are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CST and, in a fun turn of events, the matches will be broadcast on actual television as ESPNU has decided to pick up the event.

The Golden Gophers are in second place in the team standings after the first day of action (recap of the results here) with 33 points, trailing the Penn St. Nittany Lions' 38 points. Minnesota has a pretty solid lead on the third place team, however, as Cornell scored 27.5 points in the first day of action.

Minnesota will have an excellent chance to pick up quite a few more points on Friday, too, considering they advanced eight of their nine wrestlers through to the quarterfinals -- the most of any school at the tournament.

The Gophers sent nine wrestlers to the national tournament and, after two rounds, eight of them remain. Zach Sanders, Chris Dardanes, Nick Dardanes, Dylan Ness, Logan Storley, Kevin Steinhaus, Sonny Yohn and and Tony Nelson all were able to pick up victories in their first two matches.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher.

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NCAA Wrestling Championships 2012: Minnesota Solid On Opening Day

The Minnesota Golden Gophers wrestling program got off to a solid opening day at the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis on Thursday. The Gophers are in second place, behind the Penn St. Nittany Lions, but had a solid showing in the first two sessions of the national tournament.

The Gophers sent nine wrestlers to the national tournament and, after two rounds, eight of them remain. Zach Sanders, Chris Dardanes, Nick Dardanes, Dylan Ness, Logan Storley, Kevin Steinhaus, Sonny Yohn and and Tony Nelson all were able to pick up victories in their first two matches.

Steinhaus, the Gophers' entry in the 184-pound division, probably had the most exciting match of Day 1. We'll let Minnesota's press release explain the events that went down in his second round match:

Once again Steinhaus put Minnesota fans on the edge of their seat. The Penncok, Minn., native scored a last second takedown against Virginia's Jon Fausey. Just like in the Big Ten Championship, Steinhaus blocked a shot from his opponent and turned it into his own takedown, bringing the Scottrade Center fans to their feet. Steinhaus will square off with Cornell's Steve Bosak in the quarterfinals. Bosak beat Steinhaus by an 8-2 decision earlier in the season.

Cody Yohn, in the 165 pound bracket, is the lone wrestler out of the championship rounds as he lost a 2-1 decision in his first match and then in overtime in the consolation bracket.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher.

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NCAA Wrestling Championships 2012: Brackets Include 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will be represented very well at the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships as there will be someone from the U competing in nine of the ten weight-class brackets. The road to All-American status begins Thursday, which is coincidentally the same day that the schedule begins at the Scottrade Center.

The first day action, featuring the first round at 11 a.m. and the second round at 6:30 local time, will be broadcast on ESPN3 with analysts Shawn Kenney and Jim Gibbons on the call. According to a press release, ESPN3 will provide an exclusive four-screen, four-mat viewing experience unique to wrestling on the multi-screen sports network.

In our primer earlier this week, we broke down the stakes heading into the national tournament:

Zach Sanders, Chris Dardanes, Nick Dardanes, Dylan Ness, Logan Storley, Cody Yohn, Kevin Steinhaus, Sonny Yohn and Tony Nelson will all take the mat this weekend in hopes of earning All-American status. In addition to the individual brackets, the Gophers will also be looking to earn their first National Championship since the 2006-07 season

Sanders will be the wrestler to watch this week as he's already a three-time All-American in the 125-pound weight class. The senior enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed and a 26-3 record with all three losses coming to Iowa Hawkeyes wrestler Matt McDonough. If Sanders is able to be earn All-American honors again this weekend, he'll become just the fifth Gopher wrestler in team history to accomplish the feat.

The full bracket is on the NCAA's website. We'll have updates after each session, though following the Gophers' wrestling team on Twitter would be a wise choice for match-by-match results.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher.

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NCAA Wrestling Championships 2012: Tournament Begins Thursday For Minnesota Golden Gophers

The 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships mark the end of the college wrestling season and, for nine of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, it will also allow for them to go out on top. The Gophers took second at the Big Ten wrestling championships, but the men will look for individual honors in St. Louis starting Thursday.

Zach Sanders, Chris Dardanes, Nick Dardanes, Dylan Ness, Logan Storley, Cody Yohn, Kevin Steinhaus, Sonny Yohn and Tony Nelson will all take the mat this weekend in hopes of earning All-American status. In addition to the individual brackets, the Gophers will also be looking to earn their first National Championship since the 2006-07 season

Sanders will be the wrestler to watch this week as he's already a three-time All-American in the 125-pound weight class. The senior enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed and a 26-3 record with all three losses coming to Iowa Hawkeyes wrestler Matt McDonough. If Sanders is able to be earn All-American honors again this weekend, he'll become just the fifth Gopher wrestler in team history to accomplish the feat.

Thursday's matches, beginning at 11 a.m., will be broadcast on ESPN3 while Friday and the majority of Saturday's matches will be televised on ESPNU. The championship round is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher.

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2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships Results: Two Gophers Won Their Brackets

The top-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers didn't quite live up to their lofty expectations this weekend at the 2012 Big Ten wrestling championships, but their showing was far from a failure. The team took second place to the Penn St. Nittany Lions as Tony Nelson and Kevin Steinhaus each won individual championships.

Nelson won the heavyweight championship as the 285-pound bracket's top seed, securing a 2-0 victory Bobby Telford of the Iowa Hawkeyes. Steinhaus also did what was expected as the top seed in his own bracket, defeating Nebraska Cornhuskers representative Josh Ihnen to claim a championship in the 184-pound championship.

Zach Sanders took second in the 125-pound division with a 6-1 loss, Logan Storley lost a major decision in his 174-pound championship battle against Ed Ruth of the Penn State Nittany Lions and Dylan Ness lost on a technical fall to Penn State's Frank Molinaro in the 149-pound championship match.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher.

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