Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.
Two-time NCAA heavyweight champion Tony Nelson was named the MVP of the Gophers wrestling team.
He led team to a 16-2 dual meet record, 7-1 in Big Ten. Gophers won national duals title, were second in Big Ten and third in NCAA meet.
Nelson was 33-1 overall, 8-0 in conference. He also had seven pins, tying David Thorn for team high.
Other award winners:
Most dedicated: Scott Schiller, 29-6 at 197.
Most courageous: Logan Storley.
Leadership award: Kevin Steinhaus.
Most improved: Cody Yohn and Danny Zilverberg.
Intensity award: Chris and Nick Dardanes.
Nine of 10 starters were juniors or younger. Yohn was the only senior, so team should be good again next season barring key injuries.
The Gophers totalled 93 points in the Big Ten track and field meet in Columbus, Ohio, to finish second behind Nebraska, which had 131.5. Third was Wisconsin with 86.5.
Individual champions for the maroon and gold were Harun Abda in the 800. He won in 1 minute, 48.64 seconds, teammate Travis Burkstrand was third in 1:49.74.
Abda also ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay which took third in 3:09.15.
Also first for the Gophers was Micah Hegerle in the hammer throw with a heave of 214-4. He was second a year ago but won the title in 2010. Teammate Quentin Mege, the champion a year ago, took second this year throwing 205-2 with a broken hand.
Junior Zach Siegmeier was the third Gopher to win an individual title, taking first in the pole vault by clearing 17-1.
Second was senior Oladipo Fagbemi in the triple jump, going 50-10 3/4. Wally Ellenson, a freshman basketball player for the U, took third in the high jump, clearing 6-11 1/2.
Logan Connors was fourth in the javeling, throwing 208-3.
The Gophers women's track and field team did not have an individual winner, but had two athletes finish second and three place third in the Big Ten meet last week in Columbus, Ohio.
Junior Megan Geyen was second in the 200 in 53.91 seconds, junior Laura Docherty was second in the 10K in 34:13.21 and fourth in the 5K in 16:16.10.
Athletes placing third were Alena Brooks in the 800 in 2:09.70, Katie Loberg in the high jump -- she actually tied for third -- with a leap of 5-8 1/2, and Devin Stanford in the discus with a throw of 170-4.
Loberg played basketball for the Gophers for four seasons before joining the track and field team.
The Gophers also had three fourth-place finishes from Katie Moraczewski in the steeplechase in 10:15.7, Emily Betz in the javelin in 151-3, and the 4x400 relay team which finished in 3:40.76. Geyen ran the first leg of that relay, Brooks the anchor leg.
Adding up the Gophers points, they had 66.5 for eight place out of 11 teams.
Six goalies from Minnesota -- four boys and two girls -- are participating in the Warren Strelow national goaltending camp, which began today in Ann Arbor, Mich., and runs for four days.
The boys there are Vaughan Ahrens of Wayzata High School, Zach Driscoll of Eastview, Ryan Edquist of Shattuck-St. Mary's and Drew Scites of Compuware Midgets. Scites is from Maple Grove.
There are 25 boys and 12 girls at the camp.
The two girls, both from Minnetonka High School, at the camp are Hannah Ehresmann and Sydney Rossman.
Ahrens and Rossman were at the goaltending camp last year, too.
The Gophers baseball team won two of three baseball games over last-place Penn State last weekend on the road, but the one loss -- 4-3 in10 innings on Sunday -- tightened up the Big Ten race.
Minnesota, 28-15, 11-4 in the conference, now has a one-game lead, which will shrink to one-half game after Indiana plays at Nebraska on Monday afternoon. Both those teams are 12-5, tied for second.
The Gophers have only six games left in conference play -- all at home. They play Nebraska next weekend, then finish with Illinois, 9-9 in conference play.
Then the U of M hosts the Big Ten tournament at Target Field May 22-25.
TICKETS FOR TOURNAMENT
All-tournament passes and group tickets to the Big Ten tournament are on sale now.
All-tournament passes are $30 each, while group tickets (minimum 20) are available for $7 per ticket by calling the Target Field Box Office at (612) 338-9467 or (800) 338-9467.
Single-game tickets will be available day-of-game only at the Target Field Box Office and are $10 each for adults and $7 each for youth, senior citizens and students.
The tournament bracket will be announced on the evening of Saturday, May 18, which is the final scheduled day of regular-season competition.
The Big Ten tournament is a double-elimination event that awards byes to the top two teams. The Big Ten champion is the team or teams that finish atop the regular-season standings, while the Big Ten tournament champion receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
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