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Top-seeded Gophers well represented at Big Ten Wrestling Championships

Nine of the U of M wrestlers were placed in the brackets. The tournament is being held at Purdue and features six of the nation's top eight schools in the rankings. The championship matches will take place Sunday afternoon.
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Nine of the U of M wrestlers were placed in the brackets. The tournament is being held at Purdue and features six of the nation's top eight schools in the rankings. The championship matches will take place Sunday afternoon.

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