Minnesota Beats Iowa 16-15 to Advance to Championship
Tony Nelson and the Gophers defeated Iowa 16-15 to advance to the NWCA National Dual championship against Oklahoma State tonight at 6 p.m. CST

Feb. 19, 2012

The No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes this afternoon 16-15, in the semifinals of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals. The victory puts the Gophers in the championship against host Oklahoma State, tonight at 6 p.m. CST.

Minnesota’s win over Iowa today was the first victory against the Hawkeyes since February 18, 2007. The Gophers won 29-13 at Carver Hawkeye Arena that season and would go onto win the NCAA championship.

Iowa started out with a 9-0 lead against Minnesota. The Gophers did not get their first points until Dylan Ness scored an 11-2 major decision over Mike Kelly.

Minnesota would next get points from Cody Yohn, who picked up a 5-3 overtime win over Mike Evans. The win by Yohn made the score 13-10, in favor of Iowa.

The Gophers would win the final three matches from Kevin Steinhaus, Sonny Yohn and Tony Nelson. Steinhaus scored a 3-1 decision over Grant Gambrall, while Sonny Yohn defeated Iowa’s Vinnie Wagner, who bumped up a weight class, by a 7-4 decision.  

Tony Nelson would seal the deal for the Gophers with a 2-0 victory over Bobby Telford. Nelson controlled the match after recording 1:44 of riding time.

Minnesota and Oklahoma State are schedule battle at 6 p.m. this evening. Check Gophersports.com for a live blog at 5:45 p.m or a live video webcast at livesportsvideo.com

125 Matt McDonough (#1 Iowa) over Zach Sanders (#2 Minnesota) Dec 7-4 0 3
133 Tony Ramos (#3 Iowa) over Christopher Dardanes (#7 Minnesota) OT 6-1 0 3
141 Montell Marion (#5 Iowa) over Nick Dardanes (#8 Minnesota) OT 6-4 0 3
149 Dylan Ness (#10 Minnesota) over Mike Kelly (Iowa) Maj 11-2 4 0
157 Derek St. John (Iowa) over Danny Zilverberg (Minnesota) Dec 6-3 0 3
165 Cody Yohn (#14 Minnesota) over Michael Evans (Iowa) OT 5-3 3 0
174 Ethen Lofthouse (#8 Iowa) over Logan Storley (#6 Minnesota) Dec 4-3 0 3
184 Kevin Steinhaus (#7 Minnesota) over Grant Gambrall (Iowa) Dec 3-1 3 0
197 Sonny Yohn (#6 Minnesota) over Vinnie Wagner (Iowa) Dec 7-4 3 0
285 Tony Nelson (#4 Minnesota) over Bobby Telford (#14 Iowa) Dec 2-0 3 0
Dual Meet Score Minn 16 Iowa 15




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