MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team opened Big Ten competition with a decisive 35-3 win over No. 20 Purdue on Friday evening in front of a home crowd. The team claimed five major decisions and a pin while only falling in one bout on the evening to walk away with the victory.
Redshirt freshman Samuel Brancale fell in a 5-2 decision by Purdue's Camden Eppert before the Golden Gophers claimed ten in a row. After falling behind 4-0 in the first period at 157, No. 3 Dylan Ness was able to come back and pin Purdue's Doug Welch at 6:01. The Golden Gophers were able to rally around the sudden victory and continue their quest to start dual season off with a win.
David Thorn, Danny Zilverberg, Logan Storley and Scott Schiller won by major decision showing their dominance on the mat. Thorn, Storley, Schiller and No. 1 HWT Tony Nelson came away with the win to continue their unbeaten 2013-14 season.
The Gophers victory puts them at 1-0 on the season as well as 1-0 in Big Ten competition.
"With our first dual meet I think we did all right," said head coach J Robinson. "I think that our intensity is okay. But from where we want to be this season, we've got a ways to go. The coaches talked to them a little afterwards about this being a baseline and when we come out on Sunday against Wyoming we want to see more intensity and more effort from our guys."
The Maroon and Gold will welcome Wyoming to the Sports Pavilion on Sunday afternoon for a 1:00 p.m. dual. Live streaming will be available through the Big Ten Digital Network.
No. 2 Minnesota 35, No. 20 Purdue 3
125: No. 18 Camden Eppert (Purdue) dec. Sam Brancale (Minnesota), 5-2
133: No. 8 David Thorn (Minnesota) maj. dec. Kyle Ayersman (Purdue), 15-5
141: No. 5 Chris Dardanes (Minnesota) dec. Danny Sabatello (Purdue), 2-1
149: No. 4 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) dec. Alex Griffin (Purdue), 7-4
157: No. 3 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) pin Doug Welch (Purdue), 6:01
165: No. 16 Danny Zilverberg (Minnesota) maj. dec. Chad Welch (Purdue), 10-2
174: No. 5 Logan Storley (Minnesota) maj. dec. Andy Hoselton (Purdue), 18-4
184: No. 18 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) maj. dec. Tanner Lynde (Purdue), 12-2
197: No. 2 Scott Schiller (Minnesota) maj. dec. No. 16/17 Braden Atwood (Purdue), 15-7
285: No. 1 Tony Nelson (Minnesota) dec. Alex White (Purdue), 4-0
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