By Pat Smith, MTC Storm
Bloomington, Minn., native and 2010 NCAA Division I champion Jayson Ness will make his return to competition this weekend at the USA Wrestling Northeast Regional Championships in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Ness, the 2010 Dan Hodge Trophy winner, will be competing for the first time since his come-from-behind victory over Iowa’s Daniel Dennis in the finals of the NCAA championship at 133 pounds.
Ness, one of the most decorated wrestlers in University of Minnesota history, rankes third all-time in career victories and amassed 148-15 record. He’s the Golden Gopher record-holder for career falls with 73.
After placing fifth as a freshman, Ness made the NCAA Division I finals in 2008, then finished third in 2009 before finishing his career unbeaten in 2010, taking Big Ten and NCAA championships in the process.
Ness is currently an assistant for the Golden Gophers under coach J Robinson and is the Minnesota USA Wrestling state freestyle coach. He’ll enter at 65kg/143 pounds this weekend.
UPDATE: Jayson Ness dominant in his return to competition at the Northeast Regional Championships
The Gophers assistant coach made quick work of his competition in his return to the mat. He won five matches on the day before 1 p.m. ET to claim the Northeast Regional Championship title. Along the way he secured four technical falls and a decision. The tournament seemed to be a good warmup for Jayson as he prepares to enter the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, May 8-9.
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