Jan. 17, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 2 University of Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team extended their undefeated season record as they steamrolled the Michigan State Spartans, 35-3, winning nine of the ten bouts on the evening. The Golden Gophers are now 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in the Big Ten.
Sam Brancale made his way back into the lineup at 125 as he was able to start the dual off with a decision over Brenan Lyon of MIchigan State, 7-1.
No. 9 David Thorn continued the Gophers success with a tech fall over Spartans Garth Yenter at 4:18 16-0.
The Gophers dropped their only bout of the evening as Josh Shupe stepped in for No. 5 Chris Dardanes at 141. It was a close bout ending in a 3-2 decision in favor of Michigan State's Brian Gibbs. Gibbs earned the Spartans only three points of the dual.
Dylan Ness also rejoined the Gophers lineup after sitting out last weekend. He came back with a major decision victory over Michigan State's Rodger Wildmo, 15-4. Danny Zilverberg was also about to defeat his Spartan opponent with a decision over Bobby Nash, 5-3.
The Gophers earned their second tech fall of the evening as No. 5 Logan Storley was able to defeat Kevin Nash at 4:59, 17-2. Kevin Steinhaus followed suit and also gained his victory by tech fall at 7:00, 16-1.
No. 1 Scott Schiiller continued his undefeated season with a major decision over Michigan State's Nick McDiarmid, 15-6. Schiller is now 22-0 on the season.
No. 2 Tony Nelson was about to take down No. 9 Mike McClure as he bounced back from last weekend's loss at Northwestern.
The Golden Gophers continue their Michigan weekend on Sunday afternoon as they take on the Michigan Wolverines at noon CT. Minnesota will look to continue their undefeated season with another Big Ten dual.
125: Sam Brancale (MINN) dec. Brenan Lyon (MSU), 7-1. Minnesota leads, 3-0
133: No. 9 David Thorn (MINN) tech. fall Garth Yenter (MSU), 16-0. Minnesota leads, 8-0
141: Brian Gibbs (MSU) dec. Josh Shupe (MINN), 3-2. Minnesota leads, 8-3
149: No. 2 Nick Dardanes (MINN) dec. Nick Trimble (MSU), 8-4. Minnesota leads, 11-3
157: No. 8 Dylan Ness (MINN) major dec. Roger Wildmo (MSU), 15-4. Minnesota leads, 15-3.
165: Daniel Zilverberg (MINN) dec. Bobby Nash (MSU), 5-3. Minnesota leads, 18-3
174: No. 6 Logan Storley (MINN) tech. fall Kevin Nash (MSU), 17-2 (4:59). Minnesota leads, 23-3
184: No. 9 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) tech. fall No. 19 John Rizqallah (MSU), 16-1 (7:00). Minnesota leads, 28-3
197: No. 1 Scott Schiller (MINN) major dec. Nick McDiarmid (MSU), 15-6. Minnesota leads, 32-3
HWT: No. 2 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. No. 9 Mike McClure (MSU), 2-0. Minnesota wins, 35-3
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