Heavy Weights Lift Gophers Over Illini, 18-14

Minnesota 18, Illinois 14
Sports Pavilion
Jan. 21, 2013
Attendance: 2,317
18 Play-By-Play
 
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 Match Summary
Wt. Result ILL UM
125 #5 Delgado (ILL) by dec. over #12 Thorn (MINN), 5-2 3 0
133 #14 Thomas (ILL) by major dec. over #6 C. Dardanes (MINN), 17-8 7 0
141 #9 N. Dardanes (MINN) by dec. over Arlis (ILL), 10-3 7 3
149 Ervin (ILL) by major dec. over #7 Ness (MINN), 11-3 11 3
157 Zilverberg (MINN) by dec. over Nora (ILL), 7-2 11 6
165 #8 Polz by dec. over #9 Yohn (MINN), 7-4 6 14
174 #2 Storley (MINN) by dec. over #5 Blanton (ILL), 6-5 9 14
184 #4 Steinhaus (MINN) by dec. over #12 Dallago (ILL), 10-3 12 14
197 #12 Schiller (MINN) by dec. over #6 Gonzalez (ILL), 4-2 15 14
HWT #2 Nelson (MINN) dec. over Lopez (ILL), 10-3 18 14
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Jan. 21, 2013

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With the help of its heavy weight wrestlers, the Minnesota wrestling team bounced back from a deficit to defeat Illinois, 18-14, tonight at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers remain undefeated in conference competition (5-0) and improve to 11-1 overall on the season. The loss drops the Illini to 1-2 in league play and 5-2 overall.

Illinois jumped to a 7-0 lead after winning the first two bouts on the night. At 125 lbs., Jesse Delgado defeated David Thorn, 5-2, while Daryl Thomas upset Chris Dardanes with a 17-8 major at 133 lbs.

Nick Dardanes was the first Gopher to get on the board with a 10-3 victory over Illinois' Logan Arlis. Fans saw the second major decision upset of the night in the 149-pound bout. Dylan Ness was caught off guard and fell to Caleb Ervin.

At 157 lbs., Danny Zilverberg notched his first dual win of the season with a 7-2 decision over Matt Nora. Conrad Polz was the last wrestler to tally points for the opposing Illini with a 7-4 decision over Cody Yohn.

Minnesota's final four wrestlers won out the remainder of the match. Logan Storley got his revenge on Jordan Blanton in the 174-pound match-up with a 6-5 decision. Blanton previously defeated Storley in last year's NCAA tournament to knock him out of championship contention. Kevin Steinhaus brought the crowd to its feet in his match-up against Tony Dallago. Attempting to go for bonus points with a major decision, Steinhaus served up takedown after takedown, but ultimately settled for a still commanding 10-3 victory.

Scott Schiller was the real energizer of the match. Facing a higher-ranked opponent, the Gophers needed a win to stay alive in the dual. Schiller delivered with an exciting 4-2 victory that put his team ahead 15-14 with one match to go. Nelson closed out the night at heavyweight where he easily handled Illinois' Chris Lopez for a 10-3 decision, collecting over three full minutes of riding time.

The Gophers will have a short week before jumping back onto the mat on this Saturday, Jan. 26. The squad will host Big Ten rival Iowa at Williams Arena for a 3 p.m. dual. The match will also be featured on Big Ten Network.