The Minnesota wrestling team won their second straight to open the Big Ten season, dropping just two decisions to host Michigan this evening (Jan. 23) en route to their 30-6 win.
As he did a night ago, Zach Sanders (Wabasha, Minn.) started things off strong for the Gophers, with a major decision at 125 to give Minnesota (7-4) an early 4-0 lead. No. 6 Sanders beat Michigan's (4-9) Sean Boyle 14-5 for his third straight win and his third major decision of the year.
Taking the lead from Sanders, Thane Antczak (Prairie Farm, Wis.) rolled as well in his match at 133. Starting for the fourth straight match, Antczak earned his first career win in a dual with his 11-5 decision over Zach Stevens. The 11 points scored in the match represent a career high for the redshirt freshman as he extended the Gophers lead to 7-0.
With ranked wrestlers at 141 and 149 the Gophers racked up 10 points over the next two matches to take a 17-0 lead.
Sixth ranked Mike Thorn (St. Michael, Minn.) scored his fourth major decision of the season with a 13-5 win at 141. Thorn bet Mark Weber to win his sixth in the last seven matches, and his 17th on the season against just three losses.
Ahead 11-0, Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) put the exclamation point on the Gophers' match-opening run with his first career pin at 149. Early in the second period, No. 18 Mason got the fall over Mark Boyer, also snapping a rare three-match losing streak.
After Michigan got on the board at 157, Cody Yohn (Alamosa, Colo.) got his first career win at 165 with a 6-0 shutout at the expense of Aaron Hynes. Hynes was fifth at 157 at last season's Big Ten Championships, but fell to Yohn who was wrestling just his second career match at 165.
A match later at 174, Scott Glasser (Bismarck, N.D.) clinched the won for Minnesota with a decision in a match-up of two top-20 opponents. No. 8 Glasser scored a 5-2 win over No. 16 Justin Zeerip to put Minnesota ahead 23-3 with just three matches left, eliminating the chance of a comeback by the Wolverines.
Kaleb Young (Tenstrike, Minn.) won at 184, with a 6-5 decision over Hunter Collins. Collins entered the match with a 14-5 record before falling to Young.
In another match-up of ranked opponents, No. 16 Sonny Yohn (Alamosa, Colo.) dropped a narrow 5-2 decision to No. 9 Anthony Biondo. The loss snaps a three-match winning streak for Yohn, and of his seven losses this season, six have come to ranked opponents.
Finally, Ben Berhow (Hayward, Minn.) capped the meet with a major decision at heavyweight. Berhow hung a 14-5 score on Ben Appland for the final 30-6 team score. Berhow also won his second straight and improves to 10-0 in Big Ten competition over the last two seasons.
The 7-4 Gophers return home next weekend for the first time since Jan. 3. On Jan. 29, Wisconsin visits Williams Arena or a 7:00 p.m. match, and on Jan. 31 Purdue comes to the Sports Pavilion for a 2:00 p.m. contest. When the Gophers and Boilermakers face off on the 31st, it will be the Gopher Wrestling Endowment Meet, and all ticket proceeds from the match will go directly to the Gopher Wrestling Scholarship fund. Just by coming to the meet you can help secure the future of Golden Gopher Wrestling.
125 -- #6 Zach Sanders (Minn) major dec. Sean Boyle, 14-5 Minn, 4-0
133 -- Thane Antczak (Minn) dec. Zac Stevens, 11-5 Minn, 7-0
141 -- #6 Mike Thorn (Minn) major dec. Mark Weber, 13-5 Minn, 11-0
149 -- #18 Mario Mason (Minn) pinned Mark Boyer, 3:43 Minn, 17-0
157 -- Dave Johnson (U-M) dec. Joe Grygelko, 6-4 SV Minn, 17-3
165 -- Cody Yohn (Minn) dec. Aaron Hynes, 6-0 Minn, 20-3
174 -- #8 Scott Glasser (Minn) dec. Justin Zeerip, 5-2 Minn, 23-3
184 -- Kaleb Young (Minn) dec. Hunter Collins, 6-5 Minn, 26-3
197 -- #9 Anthony Biondo (U-M) dec. #16 Sonny Yohn, 5-2 Minn, 26-6
Hwt -- Ben Berhow (Minn) major dec. Ben Apland, 14-5 Minn, 30-6