|| No. 4 Minnesota at No. 18 Wisconsin
Feb. 9, 2013
Minnesota closes out its regular season schedule with a trip to Madison, Wis. tomorrow. The No. 4 Gophers will face the No. 18 Badgers at 1:00 p.m. as part of Wisconsin’s senior day celebration.
LAST TIME OUT
Five Gophers marked major decision wins on the day, while Cody Yohn, the lone senior in the starting lineup, tallied a fall to help elevate the team to a 32-6 victory over Michigan State.
Wisconsin comes into the weekend with a 7-5 overall record. The Badgers are 4-3 in the Big Ten to rank seventh in the conference standings.
The team boasts three individually ranked wrestlers, according to InterMat. Heavyweight Connor Medbery ranks at No. 11 while the 133-pound starter, Tyler Graff, holds steady at No. 5. Jackson Hein (197 lbs.) moved to No. 17 after a 2-0 run last weekend against Indiana and Purdue.
BORDER BATTLE HISTORY
Tomorrow’s season finale will be the 96th all-time meeting on the mat for the border battle rivals. Minnesota leads the all-time series, 58-36-1.
No. 2 Tony Nelson will find a formidable opponent in Wisconsin’s No. 11 Connor Medbery. Nelson and Medbery remain as the only Big Ten heavyweight wrestlers that remain undefeated in league competitions this season.
STORLEY TAKES THE TOP SPOT
Posting a 18-1 record on the season, Logan Storley has worked his way to take over the top spot at 174 lbs. The previous top-ranked wrestler was Oklahoma State’s Chris Perry. Perry saw his first loss of the season against Missouri’s No. 15 Todd Porter earlier this month on Feb. 1.
IOWA CLINCHES SHARE OF BIG TEN TITLE
With a 25-12 win against Illinois, Iowa clinced at least a share of the 2013 regular season Big Ten title. With another victory over Nebraska this Sunday, the Hawkeyes could take sole ownership of the title.
Should the Hawkeyes lose to the Cornhuskers, Minnesota currently ties with Penn State for second in the Big Ten standings. Should both the Hawkeyes and the Nittany Lions suffer loses this weekend, the Gophers will share in the conference title, provided they defeat the Badgers.
FOUR REMAIN UNDEFEATED IN DUALS
Four members of the Gophers’ starting lineup will put their records on the line on Sunday. They are currently undefeated in conference action with three also remaining perfect in overall dual competition.
Returning Big Ten Champions Tony Nelson and Kevin Steinhaus lead the way with unblemished 11-0 records, 7-0 in Big Ten. Scott Schiller is also 7-0 in league play and has only lost one dual this season. Logan Storley (8-0, 6-0) rounds out the numbers, having a perfect slate since returning from injury.
MINNESOTA TO HOST NATIONAL DUALS
The University of Minnesota has been selected as the host institution for the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Dual Meet Championship. The event will take place on Feb. 22-23 on the Minneapolis campus.
Williams Arena will open its doors to the best in the nation beginning with two quarterfinal sessions on Friday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eight teams will be trimmed to four in the semifinal round scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday and the winners will move on to battle for the championship at 7:30 p.m. Stay up-to-date with event information at the National Duals Homepage.
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!
Tickets to the National Duals event are on sale now! All-session packages are available for the reasonable price of $40. For additional pricing, seating, and purchasing information, visit www.mygophersports.com.