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Time For a Whoopin: The 2014 NWCA National Duals



Who: The back-to-back defending champion Golden Gopher Wrestling Team and 13 meat puppets. Not attending? Penn State (scared of us), Iowa (scared of us), and Oklahoma State (scared of having to wrestle and not just stall all weekend).

Where: Ohio State.

Television?: Kinda. Semifinals and Finals will be broadcast on the BTN on Monday, and all matches will be available on flowrestling.

Can I get a bracket?:

Sure, why not. Here you go.

So who will Minnesota face?:

In the first round we have the dastardly opponent of football teams everywhere: bye. That's followed by the winner of #20 NDSU and #19 Chattanooga. We won 8 individual titles at the Bison Open to start the year, with the other two going to NDSU wrestlers.

Following the plastering we give whomever survives that, we'll get either #13 tOSU, #17 Iowa State, Hofstra, or Kent State. We haven't faced any of them yet, but it could be a preview of our dual meet in Ames next Sunday.

Assuming we get through them (which, quite honestly, we should do easily) we'd probably face off against #4 Cornell. They could be a pretty good matchup for us, with top ten wrestlers in #1 ranked wrestler at 125 in Nahshon Garrett, #7 Mike Nevinger at 141, #6 Chris Villalongo at 149, #10 Brian Realbuto at 157, and #3 Gabe Dean at 184. But the Gophers are the #1 ranked Dual Meet Team in the country for a reason. If we get through the first 2 rounds without any injuries, the expectation should be another National Championship. When the Gophers are firing on all cylinders, this team should be able to win when they're within 3 team points of the opponent after 165. Storley, Steinhaus, Schiller, and Nelson are as formidable a group as anyone has in the country, and they should be leading the team on a victory lap Monday afternoon in Columbus to our 3rd Consecutive National Title.

So...Minnesota's going to win?: Yes.

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