Gophers Return Home, Host Endowment Meet Gopher wrestling returns home for the first time in a month, and will host the Gopher Wrestling Endowment Meet on Jan. 31.
Home Sweet Home The Gophers get to return home this weekend, for the first time in nearly a month. The last home match was way back on Jan. 3, but this weekend, Minnesota is home for two, hosting Wisconsin and Purdue. On Jan. 29 in Williams Arena the Gophers host the Badgers in a Border Battle at 7:00 p.m. Two days later, this time in the Sports Pavilion, the Gophers host the Boilermakers for a 2:00 p.m. matinee.
The Next 100 Years Against Purdue on Jan. 31, it will be the Golden Gopher Wrestling Endowment Meet. 100% of the ticket revenue will go directly to fund scholarships for the Minnesota Wrestling team. When fans buy tickets, they will be making a donation to the future of Golden Gopher wrestling, and one that a student-athlete will directly benefit from.
The Records Following two wins last weekend, Minnesota enters the week with a 7-4 overall record and a 2-0 mark in Big Ten action. Wisconsin enters with a 5-6 mark overall and a 1-0 record in the Big Ten. Purdue is 10-5 on the season and has split their two matches to open the Big Ten season and sits at 1-1.
The Series Only Iowa and Iowa State matched up with the Gophers more than the 88 times they have faced Wisconsin. In the series that started in 1926, the Gophers hold a 55-32-1 edge on the Badgers. Minnesota and Purdue have met 62 times, also starting in 1926, with the Gophers leading 43-17-2 in the all-time series.
Last Match-Up The Gophers and Badgers met last season in Madison, Wis. with the 18th ranked and host Badgers pulling the upset over the 11th ranked Gophers, 19-15. With Minnesota up 12-7 at the break, Wisconsin won four straight after the intermission to seal the upset.
Follow Along The Gophers will be highly visible this weekend for fans that can't make it to Williams Arena and the Sports Pavilion. Against Wisconsin, the match will be streamed live on BigTenNetwork.com. Log on to GopherSports.com and the Wrestling schedule page to access the link. The match with Purdue will be broadcast on a tape delay on Big Ten Network, with the showing at 10:00 p.m. Sunday. Check your local listing for station information and availability.
Last Time Out Last weekend Minnesota opened the Big Ten season with two road wins, at Michigan State and Michigan. On Jan. 22, the Gophers came from behind to beat the Spartans 18-16, using wins at 197 and heavyweight to do so. A night later, the Gophers won eight of 10 bouts to score a 30-6 win over Michigan.
Next Up Next week, the Gophers are back on the road, as they take on the Illini and the Hoosiers. On Friday, Feb. 5 Minnesota is at No. 24 Illinois, and a day later on Saturday Feb. 6, they are at No. 14 Indiana.
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Scouting Wisconsin - Currently 5-6 on the season and 1-0 in the Big Ten - Have been ranked all season long, and are currently No. 12, their highest ranking of the season. - Opened season with 21-19 win over Old Dominion before losing three straight to Nebraska (17-26), Oregon State (13-22) and Boise State (9-30) - Placed fifth at the Southern Scuffle and went 2-3 at the National Duals with wins over Arizona State (23-10) and Central Michigan (21-13) - Opened Big Ten action with a 21-18 win over Indiana - Led by 16th year head coach Barry Davis who was 164-108-10 at Wisconsin at the start of the year - Went 9-8 in 2008-09 and 3-5 in the Big Ten, finishing in sixth place - Placed fourth at the 2009 Big Ten Championships, led by Champion Andrew Howe (165) - Placed ninth at the NCAA Championships in 2009 with three All-Americans (Zach Tanelli, 4th-141; Kyle Ruschell, 3rd-149; Andrew Howe, 2nd-165) - Individuals ranked the latest InterMat release: 133: #8 Tyler Graff, 141: #20 Cole Schmitt, 149: #2 Kyle Ruschell, 165: #1 Andrew Howe, 184: #16 Travis Rutt, 197: #8 Trevor Brandvold
Scouting Purdue - Currently 10-5 on the season and 1-1 in the Big Ten - Ranked No. 25 in the latest NWCA Top-25 poll, after entering the poll a week ago - Opened season by going 2-1 at the Northwestern Duals. After first falling to Stanford (16-19), rebounded to beat Northern Iowa (24-9) and Northwestern (33-7) - Match with Northwestern was first Big Ten dual of season - Are 1-1 in Big Ten duals after falling to Iowa (6-41) - Went 4-0 at the Purdue Duals, before placing 11th at the Midlands championships a week later - Led by third year head coach Scott Hinkel who was 19-15-1 at Purdue at the start of the season - Went 9-7-4 in 2008-09 with a 1-6-1 mark in the Big Ten to place 10th - Placed 10th at the 2009 Big Ten Championships - Lone All-American in 2009 was Jake Patacsil who placed fifth at 149 - Individuals ranked the latest InterMat release: 174: #6 Luke Manuel, 197: #10 Logan Brown