Feb. 3, 2013
The Maroon and Gold came out fighting as the team took to its home mat at the Sports Pavilion for the final time during the regular season. Five Gophers marked major decision wins on the day, while Cody Yohn, the lone senior in the starting lineup, tallied a fall to help elevate the team to a 32-6 victory over Michigan State.
Michigan State got on the board first with a win in the opening 133-pound bout. In the overtime match, Brandon Fifield caught Randy Hanson, filling in for Chris Dardanes, with a takedown for the 7-5 sudden victory. Nick Dardanes and Dylan Ness answered with consecutive major decision to put Minnesota ahead in the dual, a lead it would keep for the remainder of the day. Dardanes poured the pressure on Nick Trimble, and scored an 18-6 major, with 2:48 riding time. Ness met Dan Osterman and dominated the mat to a 17-6 finish.
Yohn ignited the pavilion with a thrilling bout before intermission. The senior racked up a takedown and a near fall for a 5-0 advantage before ultimately pinning Nick Proctor on his back at the 1:24 mark. It was his first winning fall on home turf since joining the Gopher squad five years ago.
Out of break, Minnesota's big boys went undefeated once again, with three of the four heaviest weights collecting major decisions. Logan Storley bested Jordan Wohlfert by a 13-4 score, followed by Kevin Steinhaus' defeat of John Rizqallah with the day's largest margin of victory (15-2). At 197 lbs., Scott Schiller marked the team's fifth and final major (11-3) over Luke Jones, while gathering 3:11 of riding time.
Tony Nelson matched up against the Spartans' sole ranked individual, Michael McClure, in the heavyweight bout. Nelson notched an escape and a takedown in the second period and then rode McClure for much of the remaining clock, resulting in a bonus point for 3:04 riding time. The competition ended at 125 lbs, where Corey Hodowanic wrestled for a 2-1 decision over Brenan Lyon.
With one match to go before tournament time, Minnesota improves to 12-2, 6-1 B1G, while the Spartans flounder to 4-11, 0-7. Next weekend, the Gophers travel to Wisconsin for a battle at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10.
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