No. 2 Gophers Edge No. 4 Oklahoma State
Dec. 8, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 2 University of Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team edged the No. 4 Oklahoma State Cowboys, 16-15, in a close dual on the road. The victory over the Cowboys allows the Gophers to improve to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in Big Ten Competition.
Despite only winning half of the bouts on afternoon, the Gophers were able to claim four decisions and one major decision to barely claim the victory for the Gophers.
The first win of the day came from No. 4 Chris Dardanes at 141 who were able to No. 15 Anthony Collica by decision, 5-3. No. 2 Nick Dardanes followed suit and picked up a victory against No. 4 Josh Kindig. With the two Dardanes victories the Gophers tied up the dual six all.
The most noteworthy dual of the day was the season debut of Kevin Steinhaus at 184 pounds. Steinhaus, who had not competed in the Gophers three previous duals this season, returned to the mat with a major decision win over Jordon Rodgers of Oklahoma State, 14-5.
The Cowboys would not win another bout on the afternoon as the Gophers won three in a row to edge the Cowboys, 16-15. No. 1 Scott Schiller and No. 1 Tony Nelson, who are currently undefeated, both defeated their opponents in their respective weight classes. The score before the HWT bout was in favor of Oklahoma State, 15-13, and Nelson's decision over Marsden of Oklahoma State sealed the deal for the Gophers victory.
The Golden Gophers will now have a break until Jan. 1 when they travel to Chattanooga for the Southern Scuffle.