The No. 1 Minnesota Wrestling team (1-0) defeated the No. 25 Hofstra Pride (0-1) tonight at the Sports Pavilion by a score of 32-6 to open the 2012-13 dual season with style. The Gophers were victorious in eight of the 10 bouts on the evening.
The night opened with the 125 weight class where No. 13 David Thorn kick-started his season with a thrilling upset victory over No. 4-ranked Steve Bonanno. Up 4-1 in the first period, Thorn capitalized on a takedown for the 3:00 pin as the clock ran down. No. 5 Chris Dardanes followed at 133. After two silent periods, Dardanes scored three takedowns and a reversal and added one point for riding time in the third to come out on top, 9-5.
Hofstra got on board in the 141 bout when No. 10 Luke Vaith outlasted No. 8 Nick Daradanes for a 6-4 decision to earn three points for his team. Matt Spataro earned the second victory in the 149 weight class for the Pride after adding an extra point for 1:26 of riding time to push him past with a 5-4 score.
Seth Lange notched a sudden victory over Tyler Banks, scoring a takedown in the fourth overtime period. His win lifted the energy in the gym and put the Gophers back on track to win out the match. No. 8 Cody Yohn was next on the mat and dominated Nick Terdick. He gathered five near falls in the first two periods on the way to a 15-0 technical fall.
No. 5 Logan Storley, No. 4 Kevin Steinhaus, and No. 10 Scott Schiller each scored major decisions in their respective weight classes. Storley took down Jermaine John, 12-1 at 174. Steinhaus shut-out Taras Luzhnyy, 10-0 at 184 pounds. At 197, Schiller defeated Victor Pozsonyi by a 14-4 major.
No. 1 Tony Nelson capped off the night with a 6-3 decision over Hofstra's Paul Snyder in the 285 bout. Nelson sandwiched a pair of takedowns around an escape and collected 2:17 of riding time for the victory.
The Gophers are back in action tomorrow when they compete in the 43rd annual Bison Open in Fargo, N.D. Matches begin at 10:00 a.m.
No. 1 Minnesota 32, No. 25 Hofstra 6
125 - No. 13 David Thorn won by fall over No. 4 Steve Bonanno, 3:00
133 - No. 5 Chris Dardanes won by decision over No. 18 Jamie Franco, 9-5
141 - No. 10 Luke Vaith won by decision over No. 8 Nick Dardanes, 4-6
149 - Matt Spataro won by decision over Tom Giamo, 5-4
157 - Seth Lange won by sudden victory over Tyler Banks, 3-1
165 - No. 8 Cody Yohn won by technical fall over Nick Terdick, 15-0
174 - No. 5 Logan Storley won by major decision over Jermaine John, 12-1
184 - No. 4 Kevin Steinhaus won by major decision over Taras Luzhnyy, 10-0
197 - No. 10 Scott Schiller won by major decision over Victor Pozsonyi, 14-4
285 - No. 1 Tony Nelson won by decision over Paul Snyder, 6-3
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