The Gophers improved their season dual meet record to 10-4 with a win over Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. on Friday night. Led by redshirt freshman Zach Sanders’ 12th consecutive victory, a 14-5 major decision over the Sun Devils’ David Prado, the Gophers won the final three bouts of the meet to claim the 26-12 win.
Wins by Minnesota’s 18th-ranked heavyweight Ben Berhow, Sanders at 125 pounds and a forfeit victory by two-time All-American Jayson Ness helped turn a 12-12 tie into a 26-12 victory for the ninth-ranked Gophers.
The Gophers also got a big win at 157 pounds from No. 14 Tyler Safratowich when the senior pinned the Sun Devils’ Michael Swigert in 4:29 to tie the meet at six points apiece after Arizona State captured the first two matches of the evening by decision. The pin was Safratowich’s seventh of the season.
Scott Glasser broke a seven-match losing streak with a 3-2 win at 165 pounds over Kyle DeBerry.
The only match of the evening featuring a pair of ranked wrestlers came in the opening bout of the night. Arizona State’s No. 6 Chris Drouin defeated Minnesota’s ninth-ranked Mike Thorn with an 11-7 decision.
The Gophers return to action on Sunday, when they open their Big Ten conference season with a dual against Michigan State at the Sports Pavilion. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-U-GOPHER or by contacting the Gopher Ticket Office at 612-624-8080.
-UM-#9 Minnesota 26 Arizona State 12
141: #6 Chris Drouin (ASU) dec. #9 Mike Thorn (MN), 11-7 (0-3)
149: Vicenta Virela (ASU) dec. Joe Grygelko (MN), 6-4 (0-6)
157: #14 Tyler Safratowich (MN) pinned Michael Swigert (ASU), 4:39 (6-6)
165: Scott Glasser (MN) dec. Kyle DeBerry (ASU), 3-2 (9-6)
174: Matt Everson (MN) dec. Eric Starks (ASU), 4-2 (12-6)
184: Jake Meredith (ASU) dec. Brent Eidenschink (MN), 9-8 (12-9)
197: Jake Cranford (ASU) dec. Gordon Bierschenk (MN), 5-2 (12-12)
Hwt: #18 Ben Berhow (MN) maj. dec. Imanibom Etukeren (ASU), 15-5 (16-12)
125: #7 Zach Sanders (MN) maj. dec. David Prado (ASU), 14-5 (20-12)
133: #6 Jayson Ness (MN) wins by forfeit (26-12)