The No. 4 Minnesota wrestling team remained unbeaten in Big Ten action on Saturday night, taking down Ohio State 31-9 in Columbus. The Gophers recorded wins in eight of ten matches including a string of six-straight wins - four of which featured bonus points.
No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus, a redshirt freshman, opened the dual with a close 4-2 decision over Cody Magrum at 185 lbs before Ohio State's Peter Capone would put the Buckeyes up 6-3 with a fall over redshirt senior Joe Nord at 2:30 in the 197 lbs. match. But the lead would be short lived as heavyweight Tony Nelson, a redshirt freshman ranked No. 8 in the country, added a pin of his own at 1:19 over Zach Stolarsky.
Nelson's pin would be the first of six-straight wins for Minnesota (14-3 overall, 5-0 Big Ten). No. 5 Zach Sanders, a redshirt junior, would add his 10th major decision of the season when he scored an 18-4 win over Bo Touris before the Thorn brothers would each add bonus points to Minnesota's team total. At 133, redshirt freshman David Thorn came out ahead in a shootout with Jacob Vaughan, picking up the 19-11 major decision only for his older brother Mike Thorn, a redshirt senior ranked No. 2 by Intermat, to add a 17-0 technical fall over Randall Languis at 141 lbs. With a 31-1 overall record (17-0 in duals, Mike Thorn has scored bonus points in over 65 percent of his matches this season (11 pins, seven major decisions, three technical falls).
At 149 lbs., redshirt freshman Danny Zilverberg added his second win in a row when he scored a 7-1 decision over Mike Fee before Matt Mincey, making just his second dual appearance of the year, would add a 11-8 decision over Sean Nemec at 157 lbs. for his second dual win of the year. Mincey previously earned a 15-0 technical fall win in the 149 lbs. match against Purdue on Jan. 21.
The Buckeyes would break the streak at 165 lbs. when No. 7 Colt Sponseller earned a 5-2 win over. No. 11 Cody Yohn in a back-and-forth battle that saw both wrestlers nearly score a fall. Sponseller controlled most of the first two periods including scoring a first period takedown, but Yohn, a redshirt sophomore, scored a reversal in the final moment of the second period although time would expire before Minnesota could score back points. The Buckeyes' 165-pounder would add a second take down at the halfway point of the third period and gain a bonus point from riding time to pick up the 5-2 win.
But Minnesota would get the last word in when No. 13 Scott Glasser scored a come-from-behind win over No. 15 Nick Heflin with a late takedown to pick up the 4-2 decision victory.
Minnesota returns to action next weekend, taking on Michigan on the road next Friday before hosting nationally ranked Penn State at home on Sunday afternoon.
No. 4 Minnesota vs. Ohio State
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Ohio State: 9
184: No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec, Cody Magrum (OSU) 4-2
197: Peter Capone (OSU) fall Joe Nord (MINN) 2:30
285: No. 8 Tony Nelson (MINN) fall Zach Stolarsky (OSU) 1:19
125: No. 5 Zach Sanders (MINN) maj. Bo Touris (OSU) 18-4
133: David Thorn (MINN) maj. Jacob Vaughan (OSU) 19-11
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) tech. Randall Languis (OSU) 17-0
149: Danny Zilverberg (MINN) dec. Mike Fee (OSU) 7-1
157: Matt Mincey (MINN) dec. Sean Nemec (OSU) 11-8
165: No. 7 Colt Sponseller (OSU) dec. No. 11 Cody Yohn (MINN) 5-2
174: No. 13 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. No. 15 Nick Heflin (OSU) 4-2