Okay, I just couldn't let this go as much as I tried. Look who received Most Improved Wrestler for this year? I couldn't think of anyone on the roster who has improve less? Is this called irony, sarcasm?

I have to STRENUOUSLY object to that vote.

I don't have any issues with the rest. An argument could be made that Ness was your MVP AND your most improved since he is really the only one other than Manny who finished better this year than last year.
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After a season that saw them go 13-7 in dual meets, place second at the Big Ten Championships and notch their 12th straight top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships, the 2007-08 Golden Gopher wrestling team officially wrapped up its season Sunday night. Minnesota held its team banquet at the Radisson University Hotel on campus and announced team awards for the recently-completed season.

Earning the Most Valuable and Most Falls awards was sophomore Jayson Ness. Ness enjoyed an outstanding year for the Gophers, finishing with a 39-2 overall record (21-0 in dual meets) and placing second at both the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. At the national tournament, Ness notched two pins to tie Marty Morgan?s single-season pins record of 20 and now has 35 falls in his two years of competition for Minnesota.

Senior Manuel Rivera was named the team?s Most Exciting Wrestler after a season that saw him go 34-9 and place second at the Big Ten Championships. Rivera was also one of four Gophers to become All-Americans at the 2008 NCAA Championships, placing seventh at 141 pounds.

Earning Verne Gagne Leadership Awards were seniors Mack Reiter and C.P. Schlatter, while seniors Roger Kish (Fraser Dean Most Courageous), Justin Bronson (Most Dedicated) and Gabe Dretsch (Chris Berglin Most Improved) also were honored.

Heavyweight Ben Berhow was named the team?s Most Outstanding Freshman of 2007-08 after a year that saw him place sixth at his first-ever Big Ten Championships to qualify for nationals in St. Louis.

Four Gophers ? Ness (second at 125 pounds), Reiter (fifth at 133), Rivera (seventh at 141) and Dustin Schlatter (seventh at 149) were honored for their All-American finishes at this year?s NCAA tournament.

2007-08 Minnesota Gopher Wrestling Team Awards

First Year ?M? Club Letterwinners
Ben Berhow
Scott Glasser
Jake Mellmer
Luke Mellmer
Joe Nord
Brandon Sitch

Underclassmen Letterwinners- (3rd year winners)
Tyler Safratowich
Dustin Schlatter

Freshman Academic Award
Brian Peterson

Upperclassmen Academic Award
Jeremy Larson
Chris McPhail
Jayson Ness
C.P. Schlatter
Jason Waidzulis

Most Outstanding Freshman
Ben Berhow

Most Dedicated
Justin Bronson

Chris Berglin Most Improved
Gabe Dretsch

Most Exciting Wrestler
Manuel Rivera

Fraser Dean Most Courageous
Roger Kish

Verne Gagne Leadership Award
Mack Reiter
C.P. Schlatter

Most Falls
Jayson Ness

Most Valuable Wrestler
Jayson Ness

Senior Awards
Justin Bronson
Gabe Dretsch
Dan Jackson
Roger Kish
Mitch Kuhlman
Jeremy Larson
Mack Reiter
Manuel Rivera
C.P. Schlatter
Jason Waidzulis

All-American Awards
Jayson Ness (125 ? 2nd Place)
Mack Reiter (133 ? 5th Place)
Manuel Rivera (141 ? 7th Place)
Dustin Schlatter (149 ? 7th Place)