Rand: Gophers' heaviest wrestlers are worth the wait

  • Updated: January 24, 2013 - 8:39 PM

2DAY'S 2 CENTS U-Iowa wrestling • Saturday • Minneapolis

hide

Virginia's Jonathan Fausey, left, and Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus grapple during their 184-pound NCAA second-round match last spring.

Photo: Jeff Roberson, Associated Press

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

The Gophers wrestling team trailed Illinois 14-6 heading into the final four weight classes in Monday's dual. In other words, Minnesota had the Illini just where it wanted them. All four Gophers wrestlers won their bouts, resulting in an 18-14 comeback victory, and they are now a combined 28-1 in dual meets this season. ¶ The stakes are only getting higher as the Gophers, ranked No. 4 in the nation by InterMat, prepare to host No. 3 Iowa in a dual meet at 3 p.m. Saturday at Williams Arena. It is unclear whether Gophers head coach J Robinson, who has been sidelined for two weeks with a knee infection, will be able to return to the sideline for Saturday's competition. But this much is clear: The four heaviest wrestlers in the Gophers' starting lineup relish the challenge of competing against Iowa and potentially having the match determined during their seven minutes in the circle. Here are their thoughts on both subjects:

KEVIN STEINHAUS, 184 POUNDS

On facing Iowa: "Minnesota and Iowa have been going at it for a long time. One thing we're really looking forward to is a big crowd. I'm sure they'll bring a lot of people and we're going to have a lot of people. There's more excitement than even a regular dual."

On the pressure at the bottom of the lineup: "It's pressure, but only in a positive way. It adds more motivation and helps you get amped up if you're down in the team score. We knew what we had to do against Illinois. ... We were almost joking around about it before, like, 'OK, let's go clean this thing up.'"

LOGAN STORLEY, 174 POUNDS

On facing Iowa: "Last year as a true freshman it really opened my eyes to what the whole Iowa-Minnesota thing meant. They don't like us, we don't like them. We have to go out there and put it to them. Brock Lesnar is from my hometown [in South Dakota], and he didn't like Iowa very much. I learned from him."

On the pressure at the bottom of the lineup: "Our top four guys have wrestled really well, and we kind of put it on ourselves that the dual is going to come down to the heavier guys. We have to perform if we're winning 30-0 or if we're down. I like it. It's not fun to sit and wait the whole dual, but it puts that pressure on you to wrestle well."

SCOTT SCHILLER 197 POUNDS

On facing Iowa: "It's a lot of fun. I like having that rivalry, and I like how things do seem a little different when you wrestle Iowa. But it still changes nothing about the match in front of me. The fans really get into it, and it will be interesting to see how it goes. It will be fun on the elevated stage."

On the pressure at the bottom of the lineup: "We try not to look at it too much. It doesn't help you wrestle the seven minutes at all. We try not to pay attention to it, but it's still there. You know the score."

TONY NELSON, HEAVYWEIGHT

On facing Iowa: "It's a huge rivalry, and there's a great history with wrestling. We're always fighting for the top spot in the nation. I'd say there's a respect, but with the fans and everything there's a dislike there, too. But it makes it fun for us, too."

On the pressure at the bottom of the lineup: "I was talking about that with John Peterson, a former Olympic gold medalist, the other day. I like it when it comes down to me. I'm able to be in control. I've been there plenty of times before, and I'm kind of used to it. It is pressure, but I've learned to turn it into a good thing."

MICHAEL RAND

  • related content

  • MOVING ON

    Thursday January 24, 2013

    MOVING ON Rachel Nichols, formerly of ESPN, is joining CNN and Turner Sports. She tweeted: "Thank you so much to everyone for all the nice words!"

  • KNOW THIS

    Thursday January 24, 2013

    Saturday is looking pretty nice when it comes to regional rivalries, with the Gophers and Badgers playing in men's hoops plus the Gophers and Iowa wrestlers squaring off.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Cincinnati - LP: M. Latos 4 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: B. Norris 5
Boston - WP: J. Kelly 9 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: S. Greene 4
Detroit - WP: P. Coke 4 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: C. Allen 2
NY Mets - WP: J. Niese 8 FINAL
Miami - LP: B. Penny 6
Philadelphia - WP: K. Kendrick 4 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 0
Toronto - WP: R. Dickey 8 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Hellickson 2
Milwaukee - LP: Y. Gallardo 1 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 7
LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson 3 FINAL
Houston - WP: B. Peacock 8
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Webb 6 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: L. Oliveros 3
Texas - LP: M. Kirkman 1 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: J. Frasor 2
Pittsburgh - LP: J. Locke 4 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: A. Wainwright 6
San Francisco - WP: G. Kontos 12 FINAL
Colorado - LP: M. Belisle 7
Seattle - WP: J. Paxton 6 FINAL
Oakland - LP: S. Gray 5
Washington - LP: D. Fister 1 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: C. Kershaw 4
Arizona - LP: B. Ziegler 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: K. Quackenbush 2
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
Buffalo 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
New Orleans 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta
Minnesota 9/7/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Cleveland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Jacksonville 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Oakland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
Cincinnati 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Washington 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Tennessee 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
New England 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Tampa Bay
San Francisco 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Indianapolis 9/7/14 7:30 PM
Denver
NY Giants 9/8/14 6:10 PM
Detroit
San Diego 9/8/14 9:20 PM
Arizona
Miami-Florida 13 FINAL
(25) Louisville 31
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
SMU 9/6/14 11:00 AM
North Texas
Fla Atlantic 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(2) Alabama
Buffalo 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Army
(24) Missouri 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Toledo
Arkansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
(7) McNeese State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(19) Nebraska
Central Mich 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Akron 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Western Ill 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(18) Wisconsin
(20) Kansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
(4) Oklahoma 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tulsa
Western Ky 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
SC State 9/6/14 11:30 AM
(23) Clemson
Navy 9/6/14 12:00 PM
Temple
UAB 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Miss State
South Alabama 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Kent State
New Mexico St 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Colorado 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Fresno State 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Utah
(2) Eastern Wash 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Washington
(14) USC 9/6/14 2:30 PM
(13) Stanford
Ohio U 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Middle Tennessee 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Minnesota
Northern Ill 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Missouri State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Ball State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Iowa
Maryland 9/6/14 2:30 PM
So Florida
Eastern Mich 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Florida
Georgia Tech 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Tulane
(15) Ole Miss 9/6/14 3:30 PM
Vanderbilt
Old Dominion 9/6/14 5:00 PM
NC State
(7) Michigan State 9/6/14 5:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(17) Arizona State 9/6/14 6:00 PM
New Mexico
Louisiana Tech 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
San Jose St 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
East Carolina 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(21) So Carolina
Duke 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Troy
Idaho 9/6/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(15) Sam Houston St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(12) LSU
Michigan 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(16) Notre Dame
Lamar 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(9) Texas A&M
Northwestern St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
BYU 9/6/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Citadel 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(1) Florida State
San Diego St 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(21) North Carolina
Virginia Tech 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(8) Ohio State
Memphis 9/6/14 9:00 PM
(11) UCLA
Colorado State 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Boise State
Air Force 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Wyoming
Oregon State 9/6/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Texas Tech 9/6/14 10:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Toronto 12 FINAL
Hamilton 13
Edmonton 13 FINAL
Calgary 28
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 78 FINAL
Phoenix 96
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pm
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pm
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. TBA
Sep 27 - at Michigan TBA
Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern TBA
Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 am
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 am
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa TBA
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State TBA
Nov 22 - at Nebraska TBA
Nov 29 - at Wisconsin TBA

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Gophers in their season opener

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close