Gophers heavyweight Nelson into championship match again

  • Article by: MIKE MALLOY , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 23, 2013 - 12:26 AM

The defending champion reached the title match after a scramble; the Gophers likely will place third as a team.

hide

Gophers heavyweight Tony Nelson celebrated a victory over Oklahoma State’s Alan Gelogaev that made Nelson the only member of the team to reach a championship match.

Photo: CHARLIE NEIBERGALL • Associated Press ,

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

 

– The Gophers’ Tony Nelson scored a takedown with 58 seconds left Friday to advance to the 285-pound championship at the NCAA Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Nelson trailed Oklahoma State’s Alan Gelogaev early, 4-2, but an escape in the second period set up a wild scramble midway through the third. Nelson was able to control Gelogaev’s head and secure the takedown in the middle of the mat. Gelogaev did not come close to a tying escape as Nelson, last year’s national champion, improved to 32-1.

Nelson will face Michael McMullan of Northwestern in the final. Nelson defeated McMullan at last year’s national meet and this year’s Big Ten meet.

Despite Nelson’s win, Minnesota likely will finish third in the team race. Penn State leads with 114.5 points, Oklahoma State is second at 94, and the Gophers are third with 86.

Nelson said he feels he’s a targeted man.

“Coming in as the defending champ, all those guys against you, they wrestle different,” he said. “They want to keep things close, and they want to be the guy to beat you.”

Jordan Storley, Minnesota’s only other wrestler to reach the semifinals, lost Friday night to Penn State’s Matthew Brown at 174. Bleeding from the nose throughout the match, Storley escaped early in the second period to trail 3-2, and though he took several shots at a winning takedown he was unable to seriously threaten Brown.

Some lights inside Wells Fargo Arena went out during the third period. The wrestlers continued, without a stoppage, in twilight conditions.

“I thought it was very strange,” Brown said. “I had no idea what that was about. The ref said to keep wrestling so I kept wrestling.”

Earlier Friday, Storley defeated Iowa’s Michael Evans 3-2. Storley, who has won three close matches with Evans this season, fought off a takedown attempt on the edge of the mat with about 40 seconds left and played enough defense the rest of the way to win.

Cody Yohn’s upset bid at 165 against Virginia Tech’s Pete Yates was undone by a video review — an experimental rule put in place this year. Coaches are allowed to challenge official’s calls, and Virginia Tech’s staff did so in the second sudden-death overtime period.

Yates, who entered the match with one loss this season, secured Yohn’s left leg on a takedown attempt, and for the next 20 seconds the two parried back and forth until the horn sounded.

Yates immediately waved his hand above his head, signaling to his coach that he wanted a review. Initially, no takedown was called. But after about two minutes of replay watching, the officials ruled that Yates had done enough to gain control for two points and a 5-3 win.

“Due to the fact that we were scrambling and by the time he took me down I was already up and out so there wasn’t enough time to justify [the takedown]. And then the fact that they didn’t call it and reviewed it and did call it is kind of bogus,” Yohn said. “You’ve got to beat the refs as well as your opponent sometimes.”

The near-miss was a small consolation for Yohn, who earlier this season lost to Yates 18-2. A better consolation came later when Yohn defeated North Carolina’s John Staudenmayer 5-3 in a wrestleback to assure a top-eight finish and the All-America status that comes with it.

  • related content

  • Penn State’s undefeated Quentin Wright, top, pinned Minnesota’s Scott Schiller during their 197-pound quarterfinal match Friday. Wright had defeated Schiller twice during the Big Ten season.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Team Irvin 32 FINAL
Team Carter 28
Miami 96 FINAL
Chicago 84
Oklahoma City 98 FINAL
Cleveland 108
Dallas 106 FINAL
New Orleans 109
Indiana 106 FINAL
Orlando 99
LA Clippers 120 FINAL
Phoenix 100
Minnesota 100 FINAL
Atlanta 112
Detroit 110 FINAL
Toronto 114
Milwaukee 95 FINAL
San Antonio 101
Boston 111 FINAL
Golden State 114
Washington 117 FINAL
Denver 115
Houston 99 FINAL
LA Lakers 87
Team Toews 17 FINAL
Team Foligno 12
South Florida 53 FINAL
Connecticut 66
Boston College 64 FINAL
Georgia Tech 62
Virginia 50 FINAL
Virginia Tech 47
Indiana 70 FINAL
Ohio State 82
Stony Brook 61 FINAL
Binghamton 54
Cincinnati 56 FINAL
UCF 46
Maine 70 FINAL
Hartford 61
Monmouth 64 FINAL
Manhattan 71
Fairfield 67 FINAL
Marist 73
Rowan 48 FINAL
Princeton 96
St Bonaventure 48 FINAL
Rhode Island 53
Duke 77 FINAL
St Johns 68
Saint Peters 69 FINAL
Siena 55
Drake 40 FINAL
Wichita State 74
Vermont 61 FINAL
UMass Lowell 50
Seton Hall 57 FINAL
Butler 77
NJIT 72 FINAL
South Alabama 55
Northern Iowa 54 FINAL
Illinois State 53
Louisville 80 FINAL
Pittsburgh 68
UMBC 55 FINAL
Albany 69
Niagara 64 FINAL
Iona 87
Notre Dame 81 FINAL
NC State 78
Belmont 63 FINAL
Tennessee St 55
Creighton 50 FINAL
Villanova 71
Northwestern 67 FINAL
Maryland 68
Washington 56 FINAL
Utah 77
Senior-North 34 FINAL
Senior-South 13
Seton Hall 99 FINAL
Georgetown 85
St Johns 69 FINAL
Villanova 81
Arkansas 58 FINAL
Florida 72
Maine 56 FINAL
UMBC 42
Vanderbilt 55 FINAL
Alabama 52
Lafayette 60 FINAL
Lehigh 65
UCF 61 FINAL
SMU 57
Utah 51 FINAL
Washington 63
James Madison 73 FINAL
Coll of Charleston 53
Delaware 56 FINAL
Drexel 61
Hofstra 56 FINAL
William & Mary 57
Hartford 58 FINAL
Albany 82
Binghamton 54 FINAL
Stony Brook 67
Towson 63 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 71
Wake Forest 80 FINAL
(17) Florida State 110
Georgia Tech 68 FINAL
Virginia 62
(22) Georgia 51 FINAL
(5) Tennessee 59
Drake 79 FINAL
Evansville 62
Iona 80 FINAL
Canisius 62
Fairfield 33 FINAL
Monmouth 59
Northwestern 75 FINAL
Penn State 76
Wisconsin 71 FINAL
Michigan State 77
Ohio State 79 FINAL
Purdue 71
Northern Iowa 57 FINAL
Indiana State 55
Butler 58 FINAL
Xavier 54
Creighton 93 FINAL
Marquette 75
Providence 42 FINAL
DePaul 90
Northeastern 77 FINAL
Elon 80
(2) Connecticut 96 FINAL
Cincinnati 31
Oregon 78 FINAL
Arizona 81
Bradley 46 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 45
NC State 49 FINAL
(23) Syracuse 66
(7) Maryland 84 FINAL
Indiana 74
Illinois State 35 FINAL
Missouri State 58
Colorado 68 FINAL
Washington St 73
Tulane 45 FINAL
South Florida 64
(14) Kentucky 83 FINAL
Missouri 69
(9) Oregon State 68 FINAL
(13) Arizona State 57
Vermont 63 FINAL
UMass Lowell 72
Iowa State 58 FINAL
(8) Texas 57
Southern Ill 61 FINAL
Wichita State 80
(15) Duke 74 FINAL
(12) North Carolina 67
Miami-Florida 55 FINAL
(4) Louisville 68
(21) Minnesota 61 FINAL
(25) Rutgers 66
California 72 FINAL
UCLA 57
(11) Stanford 71 FINAL
USC 60

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How optimistic are you about the 2015 Twins?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close