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Minnesota Takes Second Place in the Big Ten Wrestling Tournament

The Minnesota Gophers placed 2nd at this years Big Ten Wrestling Championships held March 8-9 at Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota.

The Gophers qualified nine out of ten weight classes for the NCAA Championships to be held in two weeks, but had no champions in the tournament. All four of the Gophers finalists lost close matches in the final round: Jayson Ness at 125 pounds, Manual Rivera at 141, Dustin Schlatter at 149 and Gabe Dretsch at 174. The Gophers finished with 112.5 teams points, finishing second to rival Iowa, who had 125 team points.

The Hawkeyes qualified nine wrestlers for nationals as well. They also had one champ, Brett Metcalf at 149, who beat Minnesota's Schlatter in a highly anticipated title bout.

The tournament was the first time that the Gophers have had there entire regular lineup wrestling together, according to the Minnesota Daily. Schlatter had missed most of the season with a hamstring injury, and his brother C.P. at 157 and Roger Kish at 184 both missed significant time during the season as well. Unfortunately the injuries may still be an issue with the latter two, as both C.P. Schlatter and Kish had to injury default out of their semi-finals match.

The Gophers had a 12.5 point lead over Iowa after Saturday's wrestling, according to the Star Tribune, but were unable to make it hold up. The overall attendance for the event was 19,891 over the course of the three sessions of the tournament,