Big Ten Wrestling Championships: Kevin Steinhaus, Tony Nelson Win Titles

The Minnesota Golden Gophers took second place at the 2012 Big Ten wrestling championships, but both Tony Nelson and Kevin Steinhaus won individual championships.

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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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2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships: Big Ten TV Coverage Kicks In For Title Matches

The Minnesota Golden Gophers fell to second place in the team title race after Sunday morning's third session at the 2012 Big Ten wrestling championships, but four wrestlers will be able to change that as they compete for a title in Sunday afternoon's final session. In an added bonus, the championships will be televised live on the Big Ten Network beginning at 2 p.m.

The four Gophers still in the hunt for a championship are Zach Sanders as he competes for the 125-pound championship against Matt McDonough of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Dylan Ness in the 149-pound championship against Penn State Nittany Lions wrestler Frank Molinaro.

Logan Storley is in the 174-pound championship against top-seed Ed Ruth out of Penn State while Kevin Steinhaus will look to defend his top seed in the 184-pound match against Nebraska Cornhuskers wrestler Josh Inhen.

In addition, Nick Dardanes and Sonny Yohn will compete for third place in their divisions while Cody Yohn and Chris Dardanes compete for fifth place.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher. A full bracket can be found here.

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Big Ten Wrestling Championships Results: Minnesota In Third Place After First Session

The Minnesota Golden Gophers entered the 2012 Big Ten wrestling championships as the top team in the country, but the team itself is in third place after the first of four sessions this weekend. The Gophers are 19.5 points behind the Penn State Nittany Lions, though Minnesota still has six wrestlers who are currently undefeated and vying for individual championships.

Gophers that haven't lost thus far, and therefore will be competing in the semifinals during Saturday's second session. 125-pounder Zach Sanders, Nick Dardanes at 145, Dylan Ness at 149, 174-pounder Logan Storley, Kevin Steinhaus at 184 and heavyweight Tony Nelson will all be wrestling in the semifinals during the nightcap this evening.

Chris Dardanes, Danny Zilverberg, and brothers Cody and Sonny Yohn will all be looking to work their way back to the third place match when they begin going through wrestlebacks on Saturday night.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher. A full bracket can be found here.

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Big Ten Wrestling Championships: Minnesota Looks To Move Through The Brackets

The Minnesota Golden Gophers enter the 2012 Big Ten Wrestling Championships ranked as the best team in the country, but they'll be wrestling for individual recognition this weekend. Nine of the Gophers wrestlers were placed in the brackets, three of which as top seeds, for the tournament featuring six of the nation's top eight schools in the wrestling rankings.

Zach Sanders (125 pounds), Chris Dardanes (133), Nick Dardanes (141), Dylan Ness (149), Logan Storley (174) and Tony Nelson (285) all earned first round byes and therefore won't have to compete until the second half of Saturday's first session.

As far as the remaining Gophers are concerned, Danny Zilberg will wrestle Penn State Nittany Lions representative Dylan Alton, the bracket's No. 2 seed, in the 157 pound weight class. Seventh-seeded Cody Yohn, Minnesota's representative at 165 pounds, will wrestle Indiana's Preston Keiffer. Kevin Steinhaus, despite earning the top seed in the 184 pound weight class, will wrestle Wisconsin's Timmy McCall in the opening round and Sonny Yohn, another top seed, will represent the Gophers against Iowa's Vinnie Wagner in the 197 pound bracket.

Saturday's action will conclude with semifinals and the opening rounds wrestlebacks in the second session. The matches won't be available on television until Sunday afternoon's championship matches, but stay tuned to this StoryStream for results.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher. A full bracket can be found here.

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