Jan. 10, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 2 University of Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team resumed Big Ten competition with a victory over No. 16 Northwestern on Friday evening. The Golden Gophers improve to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
The Gophers were able to win six of the ten bouts on the evening while claiming two decisions, two major decisions and two falls on the evening.
Minnesota started the the dual with a loss at 125 pounds as Jordan Kingsley made his dual debut on the season. Following the loss, Minnesota was able to pick up four victories before Danny Zilverberg was defeated by Northwestern's Pierce Harger. The Gophers would then drop the next bout as Alec Ortiz stepped in for No. 5 Logan Storley.
Kevin Steinhaus continued his dual success as he was able to win by major decision over Jacob Berkowitz. No. 1 Scott Schiller continued his undefeated season with a pin over Alex Polizzi. Schiller's record improves to 19-0 on the season.
The most noteworthy moment of the evening came as No. 1 Tony Nelson battled No. 8 Mike McMullan in a rematch of the Big Ten Championship and NCAA Championship from a year ago. Nelson trailed 1-0 going into the third period but was able to grab a point on an escape to tie the score at 1-1 at the end of three. In the first overtime, McMullan was able to takedown Nelson for the sudden victory win. The loss breaks Nelson's undefeated season streak.
Despite the loss, the Gophers were able to tame the Wildcats and come away with a dual victory.
Minnesota will return to their home mat on Sunday, Jan. 12 to host border rival Wisconsin at 1 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.
No. 2 Minnesota 26, No. 16 Northwestern 12
125: Garrison White (Northwestern) won by decision over Jordan Kingsley (Minnesota), 6-0. NU 3-0
133: David Thorn (Minnesota) won by major decision over Dominick Malone (Northwestern) 16-5. Minn: 4 NU: 3
141: Chris Dardanes (Minnesota) won by decision over Pat Greco (Northwestern) 3-2. Minn: 7 NU: 3
149: Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) won by decision over Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern) 5-3. Minn: 10 NU: 3
157: Brandon Kinglsey (Minnesota) won by pin over Dylan Marriott (Northwestern) 1:00. Minn: 16 NU: 3
165: Pierce Harger (Northwestern) won by decision over Danny Zilverberg (Minnesota) 7-5 Minn: 16 NU: 6
174: Lee Munster (NU) won by decision over Alec Ortiz (Minnesota) 4-1 Minn: 16 NU: 9
184: Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) won by major decision over Jacob Berkowitz (Northwestern) 14-5 Minn: 20 NU: 9
197: Scott Schiller (Minnesota) won by pin over Alex Polizzi (Northwestern) 4:05. Minn: 26 NU: 9
HWT: Mike McMullan (Northwestern) won in sudden victory 1 over Tony Nelson (Minnesota) 3-1 Minn: 26 NU: 12
Highlights: Cliff Keen Invitational
As a team and on an individual basis, the Gophers posted strong results against some of the nation’s best during the two-day tournament in Las Vegas
Gophers Take Fourth in Las Vegas
Jake Short and Brett Pfarr won individual titles, helping to power Minnesota to a top-five finish in the Cliff Keen Invitational for the third straight season
Gophers Win Two Titles at UNI Open
Ethan Lizak and Tommy Thorn won the 125- and 141-pound titles, respectively, leading a group of 10 Gopher placewinners in Cedar Falls