No. 2 Gophers Edge No. 4 Oklahoma State

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Go Gophers!

Go Gophers!

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 Gophers started the day off with two consecutive losses at 125 and 133 as Sam Brancale and No. 8 David Thorn both fell to ranked opponents. Quickly, the Gophers were down 6-0 after two bouts. 

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 Gophers then suffered three-consecutive bout losses from No. 3 Dylan Ness, No. 20 Danny Zilverberg and No. 5 Logan Storley to put the Gophers behind 15-6. 

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. 

125 Edward Klimara (Oklahoma State) won by decision over Samuel Brancale (Minnesota) 14-10. 3.00 0
133 Jonathon Morrison (Oklahoma State) won by decision over David Thorn (Minnesota) 3-2. 3.00 0
141 Christopher Dardanes (Minnesota) won by decision over Anthony Collica (Oklahoma State) 5-3. 0 3.00
149 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) won by decision over Joshua Kindig (Oklahoma State) 6-2. 0 3.00
157 Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) won in sudden victory 1 over Dylan Ness (Minnesota) 4-2. 3.00 0
165 Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma State) won by decision over Daniel Zilverberg (Minnesota) 2-0. 3.00 0
174 Chris Perry (Oklahoma State) won by decision over Logan Storley (Minnesota) 6-3. 3.00 0
184 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) won by major decision over Jordan Rogers (Oklahoma State) 14-5. 0 4.00
197 Scott Schiller (Minnesota) won by decision over Blake Rosholt (Oklahoma State) 8-2. 0 3.00
285 Anthony Nelson (Minnesota) won by decision over Austin Marsden (Oklahoma State) 2-0. 0 3.00
Dual Meet Score 15.0 16.0