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.