East Lansing, Mich. - Trailing by a point on the road, and entering the final match of the evening against Michigan State, the Minnesota Wrestling team got the winning decision at heavyweight to clinch the 18-16 match victory.
Ben Berhow (Hayward, Minn.) notched the winning decision over the Spartans Alan O'Donnell, gaining a 10-3 victory. Berhow scored an early takedown and led 5-0 before O'Donnell got on the board. The win was also just the second in five matches for Berhow as he broke out in a big way from a mid season slump.
Just a match before, Sonny Yohn (Alamosa, Colo.) put the Gophers in position for the win, with an 8-2 decision over Tyler Dickenson. The 16th ranked Yohn ran out to an 8-0 lead, only surrendering a late Dickenson reversal with just 30 seconds left in the match. Heading into his match, Yohn and the Gophers trailed the Spartans 12-16 after a Michigan State win at 184. Yohn won for the third straight time at 197, his longest winning streak at the weight class since opening the season 4-0 at 197.
Zach Sanders (Wabasha, Minn.) started the match strong for Minnesota with a pin of Brennan Lyon at 125. The fall was the sixth of the season for the sixth-ranked Sanders, and was his second fastest, coming just 3:59 into the match.
Thane Antczak (Prairie Farm, Wis.) was called upon once again to fill in for an injured Jayson Ness (Bloomington, Minn.) but was given no favors in facing No. 1 Franklin Gomez at 133. Gomez proved his worth, earning a 12-2 major decision over Antczak.
Mike Thorn (St. Michael, Minn.) put the Gophers back in the win column at 141 with an 11-4 win over the Spartans' Dan Osterman. Thorn surrendered the first takedown, but used an escape and takedown of his own to take a lead he would not relinquish, as he gave the Gophers a 9-4 lead in the match.
Michigan State won three straight at 149, 157 and 165 to take a 13-9 with four matches to go. Scott Glasser (Bismarck, N.D.) stopped the Spartans streak with an 8-2 win at 174 over Ian Hinton. No. 8 Glasser continued on his hot streak, winning for the 13th time in his last 14 matches to draw the Gophers within one at 13-12.
A Spartan win at 184 extended their lead to 16-12 before Yohn began the comeback.
The Gophers improve to 6-4 on the season and 1-0 in Big Ten action. Michigan State falls for just the second time all season and sits at 6-2-1 and 0-1 in the conference. Minnesota returns to the mat tomorrow (Jan. 23) evening for a 6:00 p.m. dual with Michigan.
125: No. 6 Zach Sanders pinned Brennan Lyon (3:59); Minnesota leads 6-0
133: No. 1 Franklin Gomez maj. dec. Thane Antczak, 12-2; Minnesota leads, 6-4
141: No. 6 Mike Thorn dec. Dan Osterman, 11-4; Minnesota leads, 9-4
149: No. 13 David Cheaz dec. No. 18 Mario Mason, 12-8; Minnesota leads, 9-7
157: Anthony Jones Jr. dec. Joe Grygelko, 3-1; MSU leads, 10-9
165: Kyle Bounds dec. Cody Yohn, 10-9; MSU leads, 13-9
174: No. 8 Scott Glasser dec. Ian Hinton, 8-2; MSU leads, 13-12
184: Nick Palmieri dec. Kaleb Young, 7-3; MSU leads, 16-12
197: No. 16 Sonny Yohn dec. Tyler Dickenson, 8-2; MSU leads, 16-15
HWT: Ben Berhow dec. Alan O'Donnell, 10-3; Minnesota wins, 18-16