Feb. 22, 2013
Minnesota blazed past Virginia Tech tonight, winning 28-8 to advance to the semifinals of the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Dual Meet Championship. The Gophers won eight of ten bouts on the night en route to the victory that sets up tomorrow’s rematch against conference rival Iowa.
Virginia Tech scored first with a win at 125 lbs. Jarrod Garnett bested David Thorn by a 10-7 decision. Then Minnesota started rolling. Chris Dardanes came out strong at 133 lbs. against Erik Spjut and earned takedown after takedown to build to a 14-4 advantage for the major. Nick Dardanes followed and although he narrowly missed the major, he ran away with the 9-2 win over Zach Neibert.
At 149 lbs., Dylan Ness ignited the crowd by edging Nick Brascetta, 7-6. Brascetta came into the weekend with the No. 6 ranking while Ness falls in at No. 11. Ness made it a tough match to follow but Danny Zilverberg rose to the challenge. The bout of the night went to the 157-pounder who pulled a major upset in the middle weight class. With the help of a takedown and a reversal, Zilverberg shut out opponent No. 6 Jesse Dong, 5-0, to earn Minnesota three team points.
The Hokies improved their score to eight with help from Pete Yates at 165 lbs. Yates tallied an 18-2 technical fall over Minnesota’s Cody Yohn.
In ritualistic fashion, the top four heavy weights won out the remainder of the dual. First, Logan Storley scored an 8-2 decision over Austin Gabel. Then Kevin Steinhaus marked his third pin of the season, first in dual action, against Nick Vetterlein at 4:33. Scott Schiller and Tony Nelson brought the night to a close, each notching decision victories over their respective opponents. Schiller pulled out a 9-7 win over Derrick Borlie, while Nelson bested David Marone with a 4-0 mark.
Minnesota will get a rematch against Iowa in the semifinal round of the tournament tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT. The Hawkeyes edged Cornell in the quarterfinals by a final score of 21-16. Oklahoma State and Missouri will meet in the other semifinal match, taking place at the same time on mat 2. Get your tickets at mygophersports.com.
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