Gophers Wrap Up Big Ten Season with Maryland
Feb. 8, 2018

 No. 21 Minnesota at No. 18 Rutgers | at Maryland

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 Maryland Dual Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. CT
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The University of Minnesota will take on Maryland on Sunday to end their 2017-18 Big Ten season on the Big Ten Network, starting at 1:00 p.m. (CT)


125: No. 6 Ethan Lizak (19-4) or Steve Polakowski (7-7) vs Brandon Cray (10-11)
133: No. 12 Mitch McKee (12-4) vs Jhared Simmons (2-12) or Danny Bertoni (4-8)
141: No. 14 Tommy Thorn (18-8) vs Ryan Diehl (9-8) or Peter Tedesco (2-6)
149: Ben Brancale (8-8) or Miles Patton (6-3) vs Alfred Bannister (16-7)
157: No. 17 Jake Short (10-9) vs Kyle Cochran (12-8)
165: No. 8 Nick Wanzek (19-5) vs Brendan Burnham (10-14)
174: Chris Pfarr (12-10) vs Josh Ugalde (8-8)
184: Dylan Anderson (21-12) or Brandon Krone (7-4) vs Niko Cappello (1-16) or Patrick Gerish (13-5)
197: Brandon Krone (7-4) or Dylan Anderson (21-12) vs David-Brian Whisler (5-3) or Mansur Abdul-Malik (0-5)
HWT: Rylee Streifel (8-10) or Nate Rose (9-4) vs No. 7 Youssif Hemida (21-2)


It was a back and forth affair for the Gophers and the Scarlet Knights on Friday night. Minnesota began the dual with four victories, claiming a 14-0 lead. Rutgers was able to respond though, winning four of the next five bouts, putting Rutgers in striking range entering the final match. Dylan Anderson, making his second appearance at 197-pounds, stepped up to the challenge and won by decision to seal the victory for the Maroon and Gold at the RAC in Piscataway.

"We had really good intensity by all ten guys who went out there today," head coach Brandon Eggum said after the dual. "Even the matches we lost today, three of those four were matches we should have had. Miles [Patton] did a great job stepping in for us today, almost pulled off the upset at 149."


The Gophers will make their final appearance on the Big Ten Network this season when they take on the Maryland Terripans in College Park, Md. The Gophers last faced Maryland in 2016 when Minnesota prevailed 26-12 at home.


After two weeks at 197-pounds, the Gophers made the move to put Brandon Krone at 184-pounds against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The move payed off, giving Minnesota four team points at that weight, while redshirt freshman Dylan Anderson moved from 184-pounds to 197-pounds and gave No. 7 Cash Wilcke a run for his money, dropping the match 10-7.


The match against Maryland on Sunday will be just the second time this season the Gophers wrestle on Friday and Sunday on the road. Maryland comes in with just one ranked wrestler, No. 7 Youssif Hemida at heavyweight. Maryland does boast two other former NCAA Qualifiers though. At 149-pounds, Alfred Bannister will wrestle and then at 141-pounds, Tommy Thorn could potentially wrestle Ryan Diehl who made the NCAA Tournament in 2017.


The theme for the Gophers all night against Rutgers was starting fast. In the Gophers six wins, five of them came with the opening takedown. The Gophers 14-0 start, was also the best start to a dual this season for the Golden Gophers.

"I think the guys showed great intensity to begin matches, and it led to scoring a lot of points. There is no question that the guys who score the opening takedown often win matches," Eggum said. "We were just happy to see guys going out there and not focusing on winning, but wrestling the way we want them to wrestle for seven minutes."


Minnesota will take part in the Big Ten Tournament coming up on March 3-4. The tournament will take place in East Lansing, Mich.


The Gophers will remain on the road for the remainder of the season. Minnesota will take on some tough opponents for the rest of the season, with two of the final four against currently ranked opponents in Rutgers and Rider.




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