The University of Minnesota wrestling team (6-2, 0-0 Big Ten) will face Buffalo (9-2, 1-0 MAC) in the first round of the Cliff Keen National Duals this weekend. The tournament is hosted by Northern Iowa and will unfold at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The winner of the dual between the eighth-seeded Gophers and Bulls will meet the winner of a first round matchup between No. 1 Iowa and Wyoming in the quarterfinal round. The Gophers’ first dual, which begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, marks the first ever wrestling dual between the two schools.
Minnesota posted a 2-2 record to finish fourth at last year’s event. The Gophers have won the National Duals crown two of the past three seasons. This year’s event marks the 13th consecutive season that the Gophers have made the trip to the National Duals, posting a staggering 42-10 mark and capturing five National Duals titles during that timeframe.
Following this weekend’s competition, the Gophers will be off until Jan. 23 when they travel to Tempe, Ariz. for a dual with Arizona State. Minnesota’s next home meet is the following Sunday, Jan. 25 against Michigan State. Tickets for the 2:00 p.m. dual against the Spartans at the Sports Pavilion can be purchased by calling 1-800-U-GOPHER or by contacting the Gopher Ticket Office at 612-624-8080.