Tony Nelson, All-American for Gopher Wrestling
Cambridge-Isanti grad Tony Nelson began his collegiate wrestling career in grand fashion after earning NCAA Div. I All-American status for the University of Minnesota. At the NCAA Finals held two weekends ago in Philadelphia, Nelson pinned Arizona State’s Levi Cooper at the 2:37 mark in the 7th-place match at the 285 weight (pictured).
The Gopher redshirt freshman opened Nationals with a 3-1 win before dropping a 4-1 decision to Penn State’s Cameron Wade. Nelson then rattled off three more wins by decision before dropping a 2-1 tie-break deep in the consolation brackets. Tony finished the 2011 season with a 28-6 overall record for the Gophers who placed 6th as a team at the NCAA finals.
Photos by Jerry Lee, U of M
MORE COLLEGE SPORTS NOTES
• Cambridge-Isanti grad Alyssa Jackson was a sophomore defender for University of Wisconsin-River Falls women’s hockey which set a team record with 24 wins this season. Jackson scored 2 goals and 6 assists for the Falcons, the NCHA regular-season champs who reached the NCAA Div. III quarterfinals.
z Cambridge-Isanti grad Joe Dunbar was a freshman member of the University of St. Thomas men’s basketball squad which won the NCAA Div. III championship. The Tommies finished the season 28-3 after defeating Wooster (OH) 78-54 in the title game.
• Braham grad Jonah Dahlman averaged 9.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg with a team-high 96 assists as a sophomore on the College of St. Scholastica men’s basketball team. The Saints finished 9-16 on the season.
• Cambridge-Isanti grad Savanna Treichel, a freshman forward, averaged 5.1 ppg and 2.8 rpg, with 17 assists, for the College of St. Scholastica women’s basketball squad which finished the season at 10-15.
• Cambridge-Isanti grad Rhett McDonald, a senior guard, averaged 2.2 ppg with 16 three-pointers and 24 assists for the University of Minnesota-Duluth men’s basketball team. The Bulldogs closed with a 10-16 record this season.