Jan. 29, 2012
The No. 3 Minnesota wrestling team came up short this afternoon against No. 5 Iowa. Minnesota fell to the Hawkeyes 19-17 inside Carver Hawkeye Arena.
With the loss Minnesota (9-3, 6-1) still is top the Big Ten standings. Penn State and Nebraska each sit at 5-1 in the Big Ten, in a tie for second.
Ness got the Gophers on the board with a 15-7 major win over Mike Kelly. Ness controlled Kelly the whole match and brought the Minnesota fans inside Carver Hawkeye Arena on their feet. He also finished with 2:28 of riding time. With the four team points by Ness, that made the score 9-4 after the Gophers dropped the first three matches by decision.
Trailing 13-4 after intermission, Minnesota would need to have a strong performance from the upper weight classes. Storley would be the start of a late rally as he picked up a 5-3 decision to make the score 19-7 in favor of the Hawkeyes.
Steinhaus would step on the mat next for the Gophers and he would start a fire for Minnesota. The Penncock, Minn., would score a 12-4 major decision to bring the score to 19-11.
Yohn would be next and take Iowa’s Grant Gambrall down to the closing seconds. With the score tied at three, Yohn was able to score off a single leg with 10 seconds left in the final period. He would control Gambrall to close out the match and bring the Gophers within five (19-14) of the Hawkeyes heading into the final match of the evening.
Needing a pin to win, Nelson was the last opportunity for Minnesota. A technical fall would tie the score at 19, but the tiebreaker would give Iowa the win the end. The crowd of more than 9,000 was given a show in the heavyweight match. Nelson would come up just short of scoring a pin after earning a takedown late in the third period. The Hawkeyes Blake Rasing was called for stalling and that would give Nelson a 6-2 lead with 32 seconds. Rasing then prevented Nelson from any chance of scoring a pin and time would expire giving Nelson the 7-2 victory.
Sunday’s dual against Nebraska will be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network. Nebraska will host Penn State the Friday before coming to Minneapolis. The dual will not be live as it will the tape delay showing will be shown at 5:30, that evening.
#5 Iowa 19, #3 Minnesota 17
125 - No. 2 Matt McDonough (I) dec. No. 1 Zach Sanders (M), 7-1; 3-0
133 - No. 4 Tony Ramos (I) dec. No. 7 Chris Dardanes (M), 5-2; 6-0
141 - No. 7 Montell Marion (I) vs. No. 12 Nick Dardanes (M), 3-2; 9-0
149 - No. 11 Dylan Ness (M) major dec. Michael Kelly (I), 15-7; 9-4
157 - Nick Moore (I) major dec. Alec Ortiz (M), 11-2; 13-4
165 - No. 8 Mike Evans (I) pinned No. 14 Cody Yohn (M), 6:02; 19-4
174 - No. 7 Logan Storley (M) dec. No. 9 Ethen Lofthouse (I), 5-3; 19-7
184 - No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (M) major dec. Vinnie Wagner (I) 19-11
197 - No. 6 Sonny Yohn (M) dec. Grant Gambrall (I), 5-3; 19-14,
285 - No.4 Tony Nelson (M) dec. Blake Rasing (I), 7-2; 19-17
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