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    Top-Ranked Prospect Signs with Gopher Wrestling


    Courtesy: University of Minnesota 04/24/2009







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    Head coach J Robinson scored big with the signing of Cambridge-Isanti's Tony Nelson.

    The Minnesota wrestling program has added another gem to it 2008-09 recruiting class.

    Cambridge-Isanti High School product Tony Nelson, the nation?s top-ranked prospect at 215 pounds, signed a National Letter of Intent with the Golden Gophers Friday, head coach J Robinson announced.

    The 2009 Minnesota Class AAA state champion, Nelson posted a 47-0 record as a senior, including a staggering 35 wins by fall. He also captured the 2009 National Wrestling Championship in the 215-pound class, going 6-0 during the tournament with three pins. In the national championship match, Nelson pinned his opponent in 30 seconds.

    ?We are really happy that Tony has decided to stay in state and attend the University of Minnesota,? head coach Robinson said. ?He is everything you are looking for ? a state champion, a national champion and the valedictorian of his high school class. How could you ask for anything more??

    Nelson was a state tournament place-winner as a junior and a sophomore, finishing as the runner-up in 2008 after recording a third-place finish in 2007. He also won more than 40 bouts in each of the final three seasons of his prep career, going 44-3 as a junior and 41-6 as a sophomore.

    In all, Nelson concluded his high school career with an impressive 141-18 record as a prep, including 80 victories by fall, and was named an academic All-American for his success in the classroom.

    In addition to his prowess on the mat, Nelson also starred on the gridiron as a standout defensive end and linebacker. The 2008 Mississippi Eight Conference Linebacker of the Year, Nelson collected 112 tackles, including 20 for losses, as a senior and earned all-metro and all-conference accolades and received honorable mention all-state recognition from The Associated Press. He finished his three-year football career with 259 tackles.

    The addition of Nelson, to go along with Thursday?s re-signing of Olympian Jake Deitchler, could push Robinson?s 2008-09 recruiting class to the top of the national recruiting rankings.

    Heading into the week, the class already included Jake Kettler (Ramsey, Minn.), Alec Ortiz (Newberg Ore.), Bart Reiter (Gilbertville, Iowa), Pat Smith (Chaska, Minn.), Kevin Steinhaus (Pennock, Minn.), David Thorn (St. Michael, Minn.) and Danny Zilverberg (Wayzata, Minn.) as well as Jake Filkins (Prescott, Wis.) and Austin Waliullah (Rockton, Ill.), who inked Acceptance of Admission forms with the Gophers.

    The class was ranked No. 6 in the nation according to W.I.N magazine prior the addition of Nelson, Deitchler, Filkins and Waliullah.

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    Do they get to count Deitchler again this season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goferphan View Post
    In the national championship match, Nelson pinned his opponent in 30 seconds.

    ?We are really happy that Tony has decided to stay in state and attend the University of Minnesota,? head coach Robinson said. ?He is everything you are looking for ? a state champion, a national champion and the valedictorian of his high school class. How could you ask for anything more??
    Wow. Sounds like a top knotch kid. Surprised he wasn't looking ivy league with those kind of grades.

    It has deitchler listed on there as one of their additions for this year, so yes i guess it does count again, lol.
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    I don't know...where is he fitting? He's 215 lber. 197 you have the stellar Geiger, and then your loaded at HWT.
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    ? a state champion, a national champion and the valedictorian of his high school class. How could you ask for anything more??

    ?We are really happy that Tony has decided to stay in state

    Looks like he was looking at an Ivy, Michigan or Northwestern.
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    I think he knows he will benefit from the guys in the room. He is definitely a heavy prospect, not 197. He will be a year behind Disney with his redshirt and I think this spells the end for Nord. Next year its going to be Berhow/Disney and then the following year its going to be Nord/Disney/Nelson.

    Must be that Nelson wants to go in to business at Carlson School of Management or in the Engineering Department and feels as if Minnesota is as good a place as any to get a degree. He must also feel that he has a shot against Berhow and Disney. Iowa has proven you can never have too much talent in a room. With his grades, he ought to be getting a scholarship as well which would keep the burden off of the wrestling team.

    Sounds like he is a top notch football prospect as well. Maybe J. Rob told him he could play football if he wanted as well.

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    Just imagine if Maresh had gone out for wrestling instead of going the football route...
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    Yep, I agree. Maresh was a top flight Heavy. Trevor Laws at Notre Dame was as well. I would have really liked to watch both of them continue their careers in wrestling at the D1 level.

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    The sad part is that its not like Maresh moved down south to play football or something, he is going to the U of M, just not for wrestling.
    Gold is an idiot.

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