Gophers wrestlers best rivals again for National Duals repeat title

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 23, 2013 - 11:53 PM

Just as they did last year, the Gophers defeated Iowa and Oklahoma State on the same day.

hide

Minnesota’s Nick Dardanes (facing camera) lifted Iowa’s Mark Ballweg in the air during a victory in the 141lb match in the National Duals semifinals.

Photo: Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

The opponents were the same. The accomplishment was the same.

But when the Gophers wrestling team repeated as National Duals champions Saturday, with a 22-15 victory over Iowa followed by a 28-9 triumph over undefeated Oklahoma State, this one happened at Williams Arena.

So when Nick Dardanes turned the momentum against Iowa, and when Logan Storley, Kevin Steinhaus and Tony Nelson delivered electrifying victories against Oklahoma State, the Gophers got to bask in the crowd's roar.

The weekend event drew an announced 6,500 fans for three sessions, so the crowds weren't huge, but they were plenty loud.

"You're not going to forget something like that," Steinhaus said. "Especially the overtime matches, and the pins and the comebacks."

The Gophers now have eight National Duals titles. It's a true team format, unlike next month's NCAA championships, which crowns a team champion based on the success of individual wrestlers.

Two-time defending NCAA champion Penn State skipped the National Duals again this year, but the Gophers (16-2) finished atop a field that included seven of the eight highest-ranked teams in the country.

Saturday's finishing touch included victories over Iowa (20-3) and Oklahoma State (17-1). Both teams had beaten the Gophers earlier this season.

"We could see some matches [in those losses] that we could definitely turn around and win, so it wasn't a surprise, I don't think," Gophers head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said.

Last year, the Gophers did the same thing in Stillwater, Okla., avenging early-season losses to Iowa and Oklahoma State on the same day. As good as their program has been under coach J Robinson, this kind of thing doesn't happen all the time.

These are the only two dual meets the Gophers have won against Iowa since 2007, and the only two against Oklahoma State since 2006.

In Saturday's semifinal, the Gophers fell behind 9-0 when Iowa's Tony Ramos pinned Chris Dardanes at 133 pounds. But Dardanes' twin brother, Nick, came right back with a major decision at 141 pounds, winning an important swing match against Mark Ballweg.

Dylan Ness followed with a pin at 149, and the Gophers were on their way.

"When [Chris] does well, it's a good thing, but when he does bad, I kind of get that little spark," said Nick Dardanes, who had lost two previous matches to Ballweg. "I get angry, and I kind of just take it out there in my match."

Both Dardanes brothers won their matches against Oklahoma State -- with Chris' win coming in the second tiebreaker session -- as the Gophers jumped to a 10-0 lead.

Oklahoma State came back to make it 10-9 with three expected victories, but then came the big showdown at 174 pounds -- No. 1 ranked Storley against No. 2 Chris Perry.

Once again, it went to overtime, and Storley pulled off a stunning defensive pin.

"In overtime match ... the win's super important," Eggum said. "But then when you get a pin, that's a bonus."

The Gophers have come to expect big things from Storley, Steinhaus, Scott Schiller and Tony Nelson, as the four big men are a combined 92-6 on the season.

Steinhaus squeaked out a 4-3 victory against Oklahoma State's Chris Chionuma, scoring a takedown with eight seconds remaining. And the second-ranked Nelson finished with a pin against third-ranked Alan Gelogaev, bringing the crowd to its feet one last time.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - LP: B. Wilson 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Grimm 8
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 3 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Shields 2
Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams 3 FINAL
Oakland - LP: D. Otero 0
Toronto 6 Bottom 9th Inning
NY Yankees 2
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 1 FINAL
Colorado - WP: E. Butler 5
Boston 0 Top 1st Inning
Baltimore 0
Milwaukee 0 Top 1st Inning
Pittsburgh 0
Washington - J. Zimmermann 6:10 PM
Miami - J. Cosart
NY Mets - J. Niese 6:10 PM
Atlanta - M. Minor
Chicago WSox - H. Noesi 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - C. Archer
Cleveland 0 Delayed
Minnesota 0
Seattle - C. Young 6:10 PM
Houston - D. Keuchel
Cincinnati - M. Leake 6:15 PM
St. Louis - M. Wacha
San Francisco - Y. Petit 7:40 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Texas - C. Lewis 8:05 PM
LA Angels - J. Weaver
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
Connecticut 14 FINAL
So Florida 17
Old Dominion 45 FINAL
Rice 42
Troy 0 FINAL
(13) Georgia 66
Georgia Tech 27 FINAL
Virginia Tech 24
Eastern Mich 14 FINAL
(11) Michigan State 73
Iowa 24 FINAL
Pittsburgh 20
Bowling Green 17 FINAL
(19) Wisconsin 68
Maryland 34 FINAL
Syracuse 20
Tulane 13 FINAL
Duke 47
Hawaii 12 FINAL
Colorado 21
Marshall 48 FINAL
Akron 17
Utah 26 Delayed 7:51
Michigan 10
Army 21 FINAL
Wake Forest 24
(6) Texas A&M 58 FINAL
SMU 6
Rutgers 31 FINAL
Navy 24
North Carolina 34 4th Qtr 9:28
East Carolina 63
Virginia 26 4th Qtr 2:14
(21) BYU 41
Central Mich 10 4th Qtr 1:18
Kansas 24
Florida 21 4th Qtr 4:05
(3) Alabama 42
Louisville 31 3rd Qtr 6:58
FIU 3
San Jose St 7 Delayed 11:38
Minnesota 17
Fla Atlantic 19 FINAL
Wyoming 20
Massachusetts 7 FINAL
Penn State 48
Indiana 24 4th Qtr 7:50
(18) Missouri 24
Texas State 14 2nd Qtr 4:35
Illinois 6
Georgia State 7 2nd Qtr 7:41
Washington 0
Miss State 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Appalachian St 0 1st Qtr 15:00
Southern Miss 0
Northern Ill 0 1st Qtr 14:46
Arkansas 7
Middle Tennessee 0 1st Qtr 15:00
Memphis 0
Utah State 0 1st Qtr 14:38
Arkansas State 0
Miami-Ohio 0 1st Qtr 15:00
Cincinnati 0
Idaho 0 1st Qtr 13:34
Ohio U 0
Ball State 0 1st Qtr 15:00
Toledo 0
(14) So Carolina 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:00 AM
NC State
Duke 9/27/14 2:00 AM
Miami-Florida
North Carolina 9/27/14 2:00 AM
(22) Clemson
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(20) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Kentucky
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Indiana
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Virginia
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Louisville
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
UAB
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
California
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Kansas
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Connecticut
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
Washington
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(23) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
(18) Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(14) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
ULM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(8) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Utah
(9) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Syracuse
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(17) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
San Jose St
Vancouver FC 0 2nd Half 3:00
Portland 3
Houston 0 1st Half 44:55
Philadelphia 0
New England 6:30 PM
Columbus
San Jose 6:30 PM
Montreal
Seattle 6:30 PM
Red Bull New York
D.C. 7:30 PM
Chicago
FC Dallas 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
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 pmX35-24
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pmX30-7
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. 3 p.m.
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: How will the Vikings and Gophers do this weekend?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close