Storley Leads Gophers to a 23-15 Thriller Win over Michigan
Jan. 27, 2012
Freshman Logan Storley lit a fuse for the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team on Friday night. The Gophers were down 15-7 heading into the 174 lbs. match between No. 7 Storley and Michigan's No. 5 Justin Zerrip.
Storley was down 5-3 with four seconds left in regulation as both wrestlers went out of the circle. As they headed to the inner circle for a re-start, Storley caught Zeerip, who was slow getting back to the circle. Storley took advantage of the fatigued Zeerip and shot a low single leg and quickly turned it into a two-point takedown tying the match at five as the horn sounded. Zeerip had the riding time point to tie the score at five a piece. Storley was able to score a takedown 20 seconds into the extra time, to pick up the 7-5 victory and pull the Gophers within five of the Wolverines.
Nelson, ranked No. 4 was able to hold off a late run by No. 11 Ben Apland, as he picked up the 3-2 decision to close out a roller coaster evening for the Gophers.
Other wins for the Maroon and Gold tonight came from No. 1 Zach Sanders who scored an opening 19-9 major decision over Grant Pizzo and No. 7 Chris Dardanes picked up a 5-1 decision over No. 12 Zac Stevens.
With the victory tonight Minnesota (9-2 overall, 6-0 Big Ten) remains the only undefeated team in conference action. Michigan (5-3 overall, 3-2 Big Ten) will host Michigan State (3-6, 1-4 Big Ten) on Sunday.
The Gophers will now take on No. 5 Iowa on Sunday at Carver Hawkeye Arena. The dual will be televised live on the Big Ten Network at 3 p.m. CST.