Feb. 23, 2014
To finish out the 2013-14 dual meet season, the No. 1 University of Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team defeated the No. 15 Iowa State Cyclones, 27-12. The Gophers finish the regular season with an overall record of 14-1 while boasting a 7-1 conference record. With today's win over Iowa State, the Gophers remained undefeated in non-conference competition.
Minnesota would win seven bouts on the afternoon including three major decisions and a pin to round out the final team score of 27.
The dual started at 125, with a battle between Sam Brancale and Earl Hall of Iowa State. Hall was able to collect four points right away in the first period to lead Brancale. Brancale escaped and would then ride out the end of the first period and the entire second period to collect 2:46 in riding time. Brancale would lead by as much as 8-4 before Hall attacked and sent Brancale to the mat, earning the fall and six team points for Iowa State.
No. 7 David Thorn would be next on the mat for the Gophers, as they trailed 6-0 going into 133. Thorn lead his Iowa State opponent, Shayden Terukina, 6-2 after the first period. He would then go on to collect a takedown and a two-point near fall to bring the score 8-2 in his favor before pinning Terukina with 1:02 left in the second period. The fall for Thorn would bring the Gophers to a six all tie with the Cyclones.
The Golden Gophers would go on to claim the next three to bring the Gophers to a dominating lead as Conrad Rangell and No. 2 Nick Dardanes would both pick up major decisions while Brandon Kingsley, stepping in for No. 5 Dylan Ness, would pick up a decision. At 165, Danny Zilverberg would fall to No. 9 Mike Moreno in a rematch of the Harold Nichols Open title match. He fell by decision, 7-3, as Moreno was able to collect 3:03 of riding time.
Minnesota won the next two as No. 6 Logan Storley defeated No. 11 Tanner Weatherman of Iowa State by decision, 10-6 and No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus won by major decision over Boaz Beard, 13-5. The Gophers would lead by fifteen points going into 197.
No. 5 Scott Schiller would fall to No. 1 Kyven Gadson of Iowa State in a close 6-4 battle while Michael Kroells, coming off an impressive weekend at the National Duals would win by decision over Ben Perna of Iowa State, 2-0.
After the decisive 27-12 victory for the Gophers, they will begin preparations for the Big Ten Championships to be held in Madison, Wisc. at the Kohl Center March 8-9. The Gophers share a part of the Big Ten Dual Meet Championship with both Penn State and Iowa but defeated both teams during the regular season.
125: Earl Hall (ISU) won by pin over Sam Brancale (MINN) 6:40. Iowa State leads 6-0.
133: No. 7 David Thorn (MINN) won by pin over Shayden Terukina (ISU) 3:58. Iowa State and Minnesota tied at 6.
141: Conrad Rangell (MINN) won by major decision over Gabe Moreno (ISU) 10-2. Minnesota leads 10-6.
149: No. 2 Nick Dardanes (MINN) won by major decision over Luke Goettl (ISU) 13-5. Minnesota leads 14-6.
157: Brandon Kingsley (MINN) won by decision over John Nicholson (ISU) 2-0. Minnesota leads 17-6.
165: No. 9 Mike Moreno (ISU) won by decision over Danny Zilverberg (MINN) 7-3. Minnesota leads 17-9.
174: No. 6 Logan Storley (MINN) won by decision over No. 11 Tanner Weatherman (ISU) 10-6. Minnesota leads 20-9.
184: No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) won by major decision over Boaz Beard (ISU) 13-5. Minnesota leads 24-9.
197: No. 1 Kyven Gadson (ISU) won by decision over No. 5 Scott Schiller (MINN) 6-5. Minnesota leads 24-12.
HWT: Michael Kroells (MINN) won by decision over Ben Perna (ISU) 2-0. Minnesota wins dual 27-12.
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