Gophers to Face Cornell in National Dual Finals
No. 3 Nick Dardanes won by decision over No. 20 Ian Paddock.
 
No. 3 Nick Dardanes won by decision over No. 20 Ian Paddock.

Feb. 17, 2014

No. 1 Minnesota advances to the final round of the EAS/NWCA National Duals after defeating Big Ten foe and thirtenth-ranked Ohio State, 25-10. The Golden Gophers will face No. 4 Cornell in the finals on Monday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. CST. 

Coming off of a dominating victory over North Dakota State University yesterday afternoon, the Gophers started the dual with a matchup between Sam Brancale and Nick Roberts of Ohio State. Despite the shot for shot score throughout the entirety of the dual, Roberts was able to come away with the 9-7 decision and put the Buckeyes on the board early with three team points. 

No. 8 David Thorn and No. 9 Johnni DiJulius battled it out at 133 but Thorn was able to step ahead of DiJulius by grabbing two reversals and a takedown and picking up an extra point for riding time to finish the match with a 8-5 victory. The Gophers and the Buckeyes were tied at three apiece going after two bouts.

The Buckeyes fired back at 141 as No. 3 Logan Stieber of Ohio State won by major decision over No. 5 Chris Dardanes to add four more points on the Buckeyes score. No. 3 Nick Dardanes tried to even the score but ultimately added three points for the Gophers with a 8-2 decision victory over No. 20 Ian Paddock of Ohio State. After four, the Gophers trailed 7-6. 

No. 5 Dylan Ness, who finished the last two bouts by pinning his opponents, defeated Randall Languis, 8-4, to give the Gophers three more points and get the ball rolling for four consecutive Gophers wins. Danny Zilverberg, No. 5 Logan Storley and No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus were able to outscore their Buckeye opponents and rack up twelve team points between the three of them. Storley won by technical fall, 15-0, over Jacob Bresciani with twenty-eight seconds left in the first period to add five team points on his own. Steinhaus came away with a 12-2 major decision over his Buckeye matchup, Josh Fox. 


 

 

No. 4 Scott Schiller fell for the second time this season as No. 8 Nick Heflin won by decision 8-4. Schiller is now 25-2 going into this afternoon's final round. 

Finishing out the dual for the Gophers was Michael Kroells who once again wrestled in place of Tony Nelson at 285. Kroells added a major decision and four points to the Gophers final score with his victory over Ohio State's Nick Tavanello, 13-3. 

The Gophers advance to the finals of the National Duals and will take on No. 4 Cornell beginning at 4 p.m. EST on the Big Ten Network. 

RESULTS:

125: Nick Roberts (Ohio State) won by decision over Sam Brancale (Minnesota), 9-7. Buckeyes leads 3-0.

133: No. 8 David Thorn (Minnesota) won by decision over No. 9 Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State), 8-5. Gophers and Buckeyes tied at 3. 

141: No. 3 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) won by major decision over No. 5 Chris Dardanes (Minnesota), 11-0. Buckeyes lead 7-3.

149: No. 3 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) won by decision over No. 20 Ian Paddock (Ohio State), 6-2. Buckeyes lead 7-6. 

157: No. 5 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) won by deicision over Randall Languis (Ohio State), 8-4. Gophers lead 9-7. 

165: Danny Zilverberg (Minnesota) won by decision over Joe Grandominico (Ohio State), 8-2. Gophers lead 12-7.

174: No. 5 Logan Storley (Minnesota) won by technical fall over Jacob Bresciani (Ohio State), 15-0. Gophers lead 17-7. 

184: No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) won by major decision over Josh Fox (Ohio State), 12-2. Gophers lead 21-7. 

197: No. 8 Nick Heflin (Ohio State) won by decision over No. 4 Scott Schiller (Minnesota), 8-4. Gophers lead 21-10. 

HWT: Michael Kroells (Minnesota) won by major decision over Nick Tavanello (Ohio State), 13-3. Gophers win dual 25-10. 

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