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From superfan to standout wrestler, Ness is living the dream

Updated: February 13, 2008, 1:34 PM ET
By Andy Hamilton | Special to ESPN.com

It might go down as the longest recruiting process in Minnesota wrestling history, but it's turning out to be time well spent.

Jayson Ness was in elementary school when he started hanging around the Gophers' program often enough to catch coach J Robinson's eye.

"He used to come to the matches as a tiny, little guy," Robinson said. "I sent him a letter and a shirt, and [wrote], 'Someday, you're going to be a Gopher.' He was one of those little kids who would come ...

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