Minnesota Wrestling Heads to Fargo for Bison Quad

Minnesota Wrestling Heads to Fargo for Bison Quad

Minnesota Wrestling Heads to Fargo for Bison Quad

Minnesota heads back to Fargo, N.D. this weekend to participate in the Bison Quad. The Golden Gophers will go head-to-head with Eastern Michigan, Itasca Community College and host school North Dakota State throughout the single-day competition. The opening duals are scheduled for 1 p.m., with the second and third duals set for approximately 3 and 5 p.m.

Eastern Michigan (0-2, 0-0 MAC) returns three NCAA qualifiers from last season's team that posted a record of 15-6 and finished third in the Mid-American Conference.

With a No. 24 ranking in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Poll, North Dakota State is ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in the school's Division I era. The Bison are anchored by senior Trent Sprenkle who recently recorded his 80th career win with a pin of Boise State’s Rami Haddadin on Nov. 16.

Itasca (1-0, 0-0 MCAC) finished the highest of any Minnesota junior college at last year's NJCAA national tournament, taking sixth place. The Vikings have 2 returning NJCAA national qualifiers in 157-pounder David Booth and 133-pounder Justin Valhuerdi.

For the third week in a row, the Maroon and Gold have been named the No. 1 team in the nation, receiving 397 total points,  including seven first-place votes, in the USA Today/NWCA/Amateur Wrestling News Division I Coaches Preseason Poll. Defending national champions Penn State received three first-place votes to rank at No. 2, while Oklahoma State came in at No. 3. Iowa and Ohio State rounded out the top five, at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
InterMat’s Tournament-Strength Rankings placed the Gophers at No. 3, trailing Iowa (No. 2) and Penn State (No. 1).

Head Coach J Robinson has developed an environment of excellence that has seen Minnesota rise to elite status in college wrestling. Over 27 years with the Golden Gophers, Robinson has compiled a record of 391-129-4, placing him second behind Wally Johnson (head coach, 1952-86) for most wins in program history. With just four more victories, Robinson will surpass Johnson as the all-time winngingest coach (Johnson ended his career 392-209-11).

With an 898-429-25 overall record in the history of Gopher Wrestling, Minnesota is closing in on an incredible feat that limited number have achieved before. The Gophers have the potential to eclipse 900 wins this season, becoming only the sixth collegiate program in the nation to do so. Minnesota will join the ranks of Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Oregon State, Springfield College (Mass.) and the University of Iowa.

Since its inaugural season in 1910, the Gophers have established a .673 winning percentage with help from 66 winning seasons. In that time, the Maroon and Gold have garnered 34 NCAA Top 10 finishes, collected 10 Big Ten Championships, and claimed three national championship titles (2001, 2002, 2007).

In 2012-13, Nelson posted a largely impressive record of 32-2, including an undefeated 8-0 conference run. With both losses stemming from the first half of the season, Nelson was able to build to a 25-match win streak which he has extended to 31 after a 3-0 showing to start the season.

Sophomore Tony Nelson and junior Kevin Steinhaus have been named team captains for the current season, each receiving the honor for the second year in a row. Nelson and Steinhaus were voted to guide the team after proving leadership and excellence both on and off the mat last season.  

Wrestling fans will be able to follow all the live action this year through Gopher All-Access, now a part of the Big Ten Digital Network. Monthly and yearly subscriptions for live and on-demand content are available at  http://www.gophersports.com/allaccess/

The Minnesota wrestling team will host its annual Gopher/Hawkeye dual in Williams Arena this year on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3:00 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see the epic rivalry in person! Tickets are available now online at www.mygophersports.com

Top 7 Rankings Movers Of Ironman

Rob Preston Rocky Jordan

As usual there were a number of guys who showed up in a big way at Ironman this weekend, while others took some losses and saw their stock go down a bit. 

Most Memorable Moments Of Ironman

Rob Preston Izzy Palazzo

Every tournament has its unforgettable moments, but this year's Ironman had a little something extra. 

Three Events Live On FloWrestling This Weekend

Austin Bernard Jaydin Eierman

Another weekend has brought another loaded slate of events on FloWrestling. 

Preliminary Midlands 2017 Entry List

Tony Rotundo Seth Gross

The 55th edition of the Ken Kraft Midlands is coming to Flo at the end of this month, December 29th and 30th. Since there's a bit of a break in the college season before that, we wanted to give you the list of starters likely heading to Chicago.

NCAA DI Stock Report: Pre-Reno Quietude

Josh Conklin Richie Lewis

We had a relatively quiet week in between the Cliff Keen chaos and whatever insanity awaits the wrestling world at the Reno Tournament of Champions this weekend.

Oklahoma State Redshirts Are Set To Compete In Reno

Daton Fix

FloWrestling has received confirmation that the Oklahoma State Cowboys are storming the Reno Tournament of Champions this weekend with one of the most talented group of redshirts in the country. 

The Next Test For Every #1

Tony Rotundo Kyle Snyder

As the first semester of the college wrestling comes to a close, we have yet to see a top-ranked wrestler in Division I go down. But there is plenty of season left to wrestle and opportunities for them to be unseated from their thrones.

FRL 251 - Time For Suriano vs. Spencer Talk

Josh Conklin surianofrl.jpg

In FRL 251, we discuss Iowa's weekend including a potential matchup between Nick Suriano and Spencer Lee.

Biggest Upsets From 2017 Walsh Ironman

Rob Preston Leo Tarantino

Upsets are a huge part of our sport, and the biggest tournaments are recognized as such because huge stars go down. The 2017 Walsh Jesuit Ironman was a great example of that, and here are the dozen that stood out to us this past weekend in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

FloWrestler Of The Week: Trevor Mastrogiovanni, Blair

Rob Preston Trevor Mastrogiovanni

Trevor Mastrogiovanni came into Ironman unranked and walked out with the title in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, on Saturday.