Nov. 30, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 2 University of Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team defeated the No. 9 Oregon State Beavers, 28-12, on the road. The win allows the Golden Gophers to improve to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in Big Ten competition.
Despite two back-to-back falls at 157 and 165 for Oregon State, the Gophers were able to claim the victory with two major decisions, a technical fall and a sudden victory on the evening.
Redshirt freshman Samuel Brancale (125) picked up his first dual win of the season by defeating Pat Rollins of Oregon State by major decision, 10-1. No. 8 David Thorn followed suit and picked up a win by major decision over Drew Van Anrooy, 12-2. No. 5 Chris Dardanes and No. 3 Nick Dardanes were both able to defeat their opponents by decision, 10-4 and 4-3 respectively.
At 165, Brandon Kingsely was unable to hold on as No. 6 Roger Pena won by fall at 4:04. No. 17 Danny Zilverberg was the only ranked Minnesota wrestler who did not come away with a victory as he was defeated by Alex Elder of Oregon State by fall in the last two seconds of the bout.
The biggest victory of the dual came at 197 pounds as No. 2 Scott Schiller battled familiar matchup No. 1 Taylor Meeks. Schiller and Meeks met earlier this month at the All-Star Classic where Meeks came out with the 6-4 victory. At the end of three, Schiller and Meeks were tied at an escape each and went into sudden victory overtime. Schiller was able to takedown Meeks and walk away with the 3-1 victory for the Golden Gophers.
No. 1 Tony Nelson was also victorious as he won by decision over No. 20 Amarveer Dhesi at 285.
With their respective wins, Thorn, Storley, Schiller and Nelson survive another weekend with an undefeated record on the season.
With eight out of ten bout wins, the Gophers were named the champion by a 16 point margin.
The Golden Gophers will travel to Stillwater, Okla. to take on Oklahoma State on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. CT.
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