Dec. 2, 2012
The No. 1 Minnesota Wrestling team was edged by No. 3 Oklahoma State, 22-15, this afternoon at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn. Despite missing three of their starters, the Gophers managed to win five bouts in the contest, but suffered two falls in the middle weight classes to give the Cowboys bonus points in the team total. With its first loss of the season, Minnesota falls to 6-1 overall, while Oklahoma State picks up its second win in as many duals.
Corey Hodowanic opened the meet for the Gophers at 125 lbs. and faced Oklahoma State’s Tyler Dorrell. Down 3-4 going into the final period, Hodowanic controlled Dorrell in the neutral position. With 27 seconds left, Hodowanic went in for the takedown to pull ahead and win the bout by a 5-4 decision.
No. 5 Chris Dardanes was next up on the mat against No. 8 Jon Morrison. It was a low-scoring bout that would end up going into overtime. With a 1-1 score at the end of regulation, Dardanes took his shot and scored the takedown for the sudden victory to put Minnesota ahead 6-0 in the dual.
In the 141 weight class, Julian Feikert caught No. 9 Nick Dardanes off guard with a quick start. At the 0:52 minute mark, he notched the fall to catch the Cowboys back up to a 6-6 tie score. No. 2 Jordan Oliver followed at 149 lbs. and continued the momentum with another pin over Seth Lange. Lange lasted well into the period but was pinned at 2:19.
Danny Zilverberg saw action at 157 lbs. where he fell to a 4-2 sudden victory of No. 15 Alex Dieringer. Oklahoma State’s No. 3 Tyler Caldwell tallied three takedowns to rack up the score for an 8-1 decision over No. 9 Cody Yohn at 165 lbs. In the 174-pound weight class, No. 1 Chris Perry put the exclamation point on the Cowboys’ streak with a major decision (12-4) over Gopher Alec Ortiz Perry’s major gave the Cowboys a comfortable 22-6 lead with three rounds to go.
Minnesota’s heavier weights came in looking to even the score and swept the final three bouts to end the day on a high-note. No. 3 Kevin Steinhaus put away No. 17 Chris Chionuma with an 8-6 decision and No. 9 Scott Schiller followed with a 6-2 decision over Oklahoma State’s Zach White.
In a clash of the titans, No. 1 Tony Nelson faced No. 2 Alan Gelogaev in the heavyweight bout at the close of the day. Nelson tallied an escape in the third period and added an extra point for 2:00 of riding time to prevail with the 2-0 decision.
Minnesota will be back at the Sports Pavilion this coming weekend when they host Northwestern and Oregon State. The Gophers will battle Big Ten opponent the Wildcats on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and then switch focus to the Beavers on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.
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