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Nord named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

December 28th, 2008 by Tom

University of Minnesota Sports Information

University of Minnesota sophomore Joe Nord was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week today following an upset victory over Nebraska's No. 12 Tucker Lane this weekend. Nord defeated Lane with a 6-2 decision in heavyweight bout of the Gophers' 21-18 loss to No. 3 Nebraska on Sunday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb.

Nord rallied from a 1-0 deficit with a reversal in the opening seconds of the third period. A nearfall later in the final stanza helped the sophomore to gain the 6-2 victory. With the win, Nord improves his record to 8-2 this season. The Waconia, Minn. native has been splitting time with 18th-ranked teammate Ben Berhow at the heavyweight slot for the Gophers this season.

This week's laurel marks the second time this season a Gopher has earned the weekly accolade. Mike Thorn was named the conference's Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 25.

Nord and the Gophers open their home schedule when they welcome perennial power Oklahoma State to the Sports Pavilion on New Year's Day. Tickets still remain for Minnesota's 2:00 pm. dual with the No. 13 Cowboys and can be purchased by calling 1-800-U-GOPHER or by contacting the Gopher Ticket Office at 612-624-8080.

May 5th, 2008 by Tom

Mike Rodriguez was one of the great college wrestlers of the 1950s -- a three-time Big Ten champ and two-time NCAA finalist for the University of Michigan...

Then he became a long-time high school coach in Detroit, molding Michigan high school state champions.

Now there's a neat video tribute to Mike Rodriguez as wrestler and coach, including black-and-white footage of some of his most thrilling college matches on YouTube.

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