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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.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.