The University of Minnesota took on day one of the South Beach Duals, and came away with nine individual victories between the two duals against No. 24 North Carolina and No 12 Cornell. Minnesota dropped the UNC dual 25-16 and the Cornell dual 22-19.
No. 5 Ethan Lizak, No. 9 Nick Wanzek and Chris Pfarr all were able to pick up two victories on Friday, which included four bonus point victories.
Pfarr, along with sophomore Owen Webster, each picked up ranked victories during the day. Pfarr was able to upset No. 16 Brandon Womack of Cornell, who was a 2017 All-American.
North Carolina Dual
The UNC dual began with Lizak pinning James Szymanski in 2:27 to give the Maroon and Gold an early lead. Lizak was able to obtain a quick 6-0 lead after a takedown and a near fall, then he finished Szymanski off.
UNC then picked up four straight victories from 133 to 157, but Wanzek changed the momentum of the dual with his performance against Clay Lautt. Wanzek completed six takedowns in the match on his way to a 14-4 major decision.
Fellow senior Chris Pfarr continued the swing in momentum with a 6-3 decision over Adis Radoncic. He got it going in the second period with his first takedown after an escape. Then another takedown in the second put enough distance between them to give Pfarr the 6-3 decision.
With the Gophers within three points of the Tar Heels, Owen Webster stepped up against No. 20 Chip Ness at 184, and it was an intense match. Webster stayed aggressive early, and put points on the board first with a takedown. He earned his second just as the first period ended to go up 4-1.
Ness stayed in it with a reversal early in the third, and Webster fought off Ness takedown attempts until just seconds remaining. Ness was able to lift Webster and bring him to the ground as time expired, but was called out of bounds. After review, Webster was confirmed to win the match by an 8-6 decision, tying the dual at 16 with two matches to go.
The Gophers were unable to bring home the dual in the remaining two matches, and fell by a score of 25-16.
Lizak once again got the Maroon and Gold off to a solid start at 125. The 2017 NCAA Finalist earned a 16-0 tech fall. He started with a takedown 25 seconds into the match, and then another to begin the second period and he never let up. He earned three four-point near falls in one sequence, and picked up his fifth straight bonus point victory.
Mitch McKee was able to bounce back after his loss against UNC with a major decision over Charles Tucker. McKee got it going early, and finished with three takedowns and a four-point near fall put 11 points on the board and gave Minnesota a 9-0 lead after two matches.
Cornell responded with two victories at 141 and 149, pulling the score to 9-8, still in favor of the Gophers, but then came the trio of seniors.
It started with Jake Short, who finished both of his two matches with an identical score of 3-2. The second match ended in a favorable result over Kyle Simaz. Wanzek picked up right where he left off against UNC with a 17-6 major decision over Adam Santoro, which put the Gophers up 16-8 with four matches remaining. Between the two matches, Wanzek finished with 12 takedowns, the most for any Gopher wrestler during day one of the South Beach Duals.
Then it was Chirs Pfarr time. The senior was seemingly on a mission against Womack, who was a 2017 All-American for the Big Red. The senior fell behind 3-0 after a takedown and an escape to start the second period, but then went to work. He started with a takedown in the second to cut the score to 3-2, then he took the lead in the third with a second takedown with a minute to go. Womack was able to escape, and it was sudden-victory time.
Pfarr defended Womack’s attacks in the first sudden victory period, and then we headed to two 30-second tiebreaker periods. Pfarr rode out Womack in the first, then all he needed was an escape and to defend Womack in the second tiebreaker period. Pfarr did more than that with a reversal within those 30 seconds, giving Pfarr the victory and the Gophers the lead, 19-8.
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After Pfarr’s thrilling victory, Cornell picked up three victories to end the dual, which included a 4-3 decision in the heavyweight match, giving the Big Red the win, 22-19.
Final Match-By-Match Results:
125: No. 5 Ethan Lizak fall (2:27) James Szymanski | Minn 6 - UNC 0
133: Zach Sherman dec No. 8 Mitch McKee, 5-2 | Minn 6 - UNC 3
141: A.C. Headlee fall (5:08) No. 10 Tommy Thorn | Minn 6 - UNC 9
149: No. 4 Troy Heilmann maj dec Hunter Marko, 18-6 | Minn 6 - UNC 13
157: Kennedy Monday dec No. 13 Jake Short, 3-2 | Minn 6 - UNC 16
165: No. 9 Nick Wanzek maj dec Clay Lautt, 14-4 | Minn 10 - UNC 16
174: Chris Pfarr dec Adis Radoncic, 6-3 | Minn 13 - UNC 16
184: Owen Webster dec No. 20 Chip Ness, 8-6 | Minn 16 - UNC 16
197: Danny Chaid fall (4:48) Bobby Steveson | Minn 16 - UNC 22
HWT: Cory Daniel dec Rylee Streifel, 3-2 | Minn 16 - UNC 25
125: No. 5 Ethan Lizak tech fall Michael Russo, 16-0 | Minn 5 - Cornell 0
133: No. 8 Mitch McKee maj dec Charles Tucker, 11-2 | Minn 9 - Cornell 0
141: No. 1 Yianni Diakomihalis maj dec No. 10 Tommy Thorn | Minn 9 - Cornell 4
149: William Koll maj dec Hunter Marko, 10-2 | Minn 9 - Cornell 8
157: No. 13 Jake Short dec Kyle Simaz, 3-2 | Minn 12 - Cornell 8
165: No. 9 Nick Wanzek maj dec Adam Santoro, 17-6 | Minn 16 - Cornell 8
174: Chris Pfarr dec No. 16 Brandon Womack, 6-4 | Minn 19 - Cornell 8
184: No. 11 Max Dean tech fall Owen Webster, 16-1 | Minn 19 - Cornell 13
197: Ben Darmstadt fall (4:43) Bobby Steveson | Minn 19 - Cornell 19
HWT: Jeremy Sweany dec Rylee Streifel, 4-3 | Minn 19 - Cornell 22
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