B1G Weekend Ahead For Gopher Wrestling
Jan. 10, 2018

 No. 14 Minnesota at No. 2 Ohio State | vs No. 12 Illinois
 Ohio State Dual Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. CT
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 Illinois Dual Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. CT
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The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers will have a jam packed weekend of Big Ten action. First on Friday, the Gophers will wrestle No. 2 Ohio State on the road, then they will return back home on Sunday Jan. 14 for a dual against No. 12 Illinois. 

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP - OHIO STATE

125: No. 4 Ethan Lizak (17-1) or Steve Polakowski (4-2) vs Nathan Tomasello (1-0)
133: No. 12 Mitch McKee (9-3) vs No. 2 Luke Pletcher (18-0)
141: No. 11 Tommy Thorn (14-6) vs No. 6 Joey McKenna (6-0)
149: Ben Brancale (8-5) vs No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes (18-2)
157: No. 18 Jake Short (8-5) vs No. 6 Micah Jordan (16-2)
165: No. 9 Nick Wanzek (16-2) vs No. 13 Te'Shawn Champbell (14-3)
174: Chris Pfarr (11-5) vs No. 3 Bo Jordan (15-2)
184: No. 20 Owen Webster (8-3) or Dylan Anderson (21-6) vs No. 2 Myles Martin (18-0)
197: Bobby Steveson (4-7) vs No. 1 Kollin Moore (14-0)
HWT: Rylee Streifel (7-6) or Nate Rose (9-4) vs No. 1 Kyle Snyder (4-0)

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP - ILLINOIS

125: No. 4 Ethan Lizak (17-1) or Steve Polakowski (4-2) vs No. 18 Travis Piotrowski (11-3)
133: No. 12 Mitch McKee (9-3) vs Dylan Duncan (10-5)
141: No. 11 Tommy Thorn (14-6) vs Mike Carr (6-3)
149: Ben Brancale (8-5) or No. 15 Steve Bleise (14-4) vs Eric Barone (6-8)
157: No. 18 Jake Short (8-5) vs Kyle Langenderfer (6-6)
165: No. 9 Nick Wanzek (16-2) vs No. 2 Isaiah Martinez (5-0)
174: Chris Pfarr (11-5) vs Daivd Riojas (2-7)
184: No. 20 Owen Webster (8-3) or Dylan Anderson (21-6) vs No. 6 Emery Parker (13-1)
197: Bobby Steveson (4-7) vs Andre Lee (6-8)
HWT: Rylee Streifel (7-6) or Nate Rose (9-4) vs Duece Rachal (8-8)

LAST TIME OUT - MICHIGAN STATE

The University of Minnesota began Big Ten wrestling by crushing Michigan State 29-3 in front of their home crowd on Jan. 7. Minnesota had four reserves wrestling in their starting lineup, and all four picked up victories. Steve Polakowski (125), Skyler Petry (133), Ben Brancale (149) and Dylan Anderson (184) all filled in for starters that have wrestled in at least six duals this season. Tommy Thorn also picked up a win in the only ranked matchup of the day, a 6-0 decision over No. 18 Javier Gasca III.

"It was an exciting day," head coach Brandon Eggum said after the dual. "We knew it wasn't going to be easy today, but when you want to do great things, you have to have guys who step up to the challenge and make it happen. We talked about each one of those guys having to be a leader and set an example and get to their spots, and I think they did exactly that."

THE "B1G"-ER STAGE

After a victory over unranked Michigan State, the Gophers now will take on two ranked opponents for the second time this season (first came against South Dakota State and Oklahoma State). Minnesota has been tabbed with one of the toughest schedules in the nation, and that will pick back up starting Friday with the No. 2 team in the nation, Ohio State.

PFARR'S SIX STRAIGHT WINS

Not only has Chris Pfarr eclipsed his career-high with six straight victories, he has done so against quality opponents. Pfarr picked up a win against a returning All-American at the South Beach Duals, and then a Big Ten victory on Sunday. Pfarr's last loss came on Dec. 1, 2017 at the Cliff Keen Invitational.

STILL ROCKING AT 125

Despite sitting out returning NCAA finalist Ethan Lizak, the Gophers had some stand out performances from their 125-pounders on Sunday. Steve Polakowski stepped up and defeated Rayvon Foley at 125, and then Skyler Petry moved up to 133-pounds and won by major decision against Matt Santos in his action at 133-pounds.

MATCHES TO WATCH - OHIO STATE

It will be a star studded weekend on the mat for the Gophers. All of Ohio State's starting 10 come with a top-11 ranking, including three wrestlers ranked No 1. The biggest matchup on paper comes at 125-pounds with Ethan Lizak taking on No. 1 Nathan Tomasello, who made his season debut on Jan. 5 against Maryland. Lizak and Tomasello have never met on the mat. There will be three more top-11 matchups against Ohio State including at 133, 141 and 165.

MATCHES TO WATCH - ILLINOIS

Illinois brings in five wrestlers who are ranked in at least the top-20 in all major polls. Isaiah Martinez brings in the best ranking at No. 2. Nick Wanzek will get the call for the Gophers at 165 against Martinez, who is a two time NCAA Champion (at 157-pounds). Ethan Lizak will see Travis Piotrowski, the No. 18 ranked wrestler at 125 pounds. Owen Webster will take his new No. 20 ranking against No. 6 Emery Parker at 184.

MAJOR WANZEK

Wanzek, a senior from Inver Grove Heights, Minn, continued to score in bunches on Sunday against Michigan State. Wanzek scored 15-points in his 15-7 major decision on Sunday, marking his fifth time in his last six matches he has majored his opponent. During the six match winning streak Wanzek has averaged 14.3 points per match, which includes a 22-7 tech fall while at the South Beach Duals.


 

 

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