C-I grad Nelson earns Big 10 title for Gophers

Cambridge-Isanti grad Tony Nelson continued his wrestling success on the mats after winning his first Big 10 individual championship last weekend in West Lafayette, Ind.

Gopher redshirt-sophomore Tony Nelson celebrates his Big 10-clinching win over Iowa's Telford on Sunday, a 2-0 decision. Photo courtesy of Jerry Lee, U of M

The former State champion for the Bluejackets went a perfect 3-0 at the conference tourney to extend his winning streak to 20 matches this season (27-2 overall). Nelson, the top seed at 285, got a bye for the first round, then pinned Ohio State’s Capone in 2:46 in the quarterfinals. He then fought off Nebraska’s McMullan for a 4-3 decision in the semifinals.

In the championship match, he shut out No. 6 seed Bobby Telford of Iowa 2-0 on the strength of a second-period escape and amassing over 2 minutes of riding time.

After winning the National Duals Final Four back on Feb. 19, the Gophers finished 2nd to Penn State at the Big 10 individuals tourney. Next up for Nelson and eight of his U of M teammates will be the NCAA National Tournament, March 15-17 in St. Louis, Mo.


Nicole Jones, Mora grad and member of the Cambridge-Isanti-Mora girls hockey team, earned All-MIAC honors while goaltending for the Hamline University women’s hockey team. The senior’s .940 save percentage ranked 2nd in the MIAC and 6th in all Division III women’s hockey. Her GAA of 2.00 also ranked 3rd in the league.

Jessica Newstrom, CIHS grad, was the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention goalie this season for Bethel University women’s hockey. The junior had a .920 save percentage and a 10-7-3 record in the nets for the Royals.

• CIHS grad Tessa Kahring continues a great sophomore season diving for the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse women’s swim & dive team. Tessa, a two-time WIAC athlete of the week, led the Eagles with 427.1 points at the WIAC Championships in February. That total qualified her for the NCAA Div. III National championships coming March 21-23 in Indianapolis, Ind.

• Braham grad Jonah Dahlman completed his junior season as a guard for the St. Scholastica men’s basketball team by averaging 9.5 ppg, dishing 121 assists and swiping 42 steals. Dahlman was a two-time UMAC athlete of the week for the Saints (13-13).

• CIHS grad Garet Chumley completed his junior season for St. Scholastica men’s hockey. Chumley had 3 goals and 3 assists for the Saints (15-8-5).

• CIHS grads Kailee McDonald and Deandra Vavra were teammates on the University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball squad this season. McDonald, a sophomore, totaled 3.0 ppg with 47 assists and 50 rebounds. Vavra, a freshman, averaged 5.4 ppg with 94 rebounds and 59 assists for the Yellowjackets (12-14).

• Braham senior Kayla White is heading to North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City to play volleyball for the Trojans next autumn. White was voted the team’s Defensive Player of the Year for the GRC-champion Bombers.