Two days after dropping its first match of the season at Michigan, the top-ranked Golden Gopher wrestling team dominated No. 18 Michigan State, 41-3, on Sunday afternoon in East Lansing, Mich. Minnesota won nine of 10 matches and finished the regular season 20-1 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten. It’s just the fourth time in school history that the team has reached 20 dual meet wins in a single season.
The Golden Gophers racked up three major decisions, a technical fall and a pair of pins in the win. Top-ranked heavyweight Cole Konrad got Minnesota started with a 17-6 major decision against Max Lossen. Improving to 33-0 on the year, Konrad’s 33-match winning streak ranks fourth in school history. He has now won 62 of his last 63 matches.
Michigan State got its only win of the day at 125 pounds although it still proved to be a disappointment. Third-ranked Nick Simmons dominated redshirt freshman Travis Lang in a 9-2 decision, but Lang’s reversal late in the third period denied Simmons the bonus point for the major decision.
Third-ranked Mack Reiter extended the Golden Gopher lead to 8-3 with a 17-3 major decision against Jeff Wimberley at 133 pounds. Reiter led 7-1 after the first period en route to the win. He is now 25-3 on the year and finished unbeaten with a 6-0 record during the Big Ten season.
13th-ranked Manuel Rivera gave Minnesota a 14-3 lead with his pin of Tim Hammer in 6: 09 at 141 pounds. Hammer was wrestling in place of fifth-ranked Andy Simmons. Rivera led 2-0 after the first period, but put the redshirt freshman to his back with less than a minute to go in the match.
Top-ranked Dustin Schlatter continued his stellar freshman season with a 15-0 technical fall against 15th-ranked Darren McKnight at 149 pounds. Schlatter recorded his team- best 10th technical fall on the year as he improved to 34-1 on the season. He has now won 22 matches in a row.
Schlatter’s older brother C.P. followed with a pin of Tony Greathouse in just 1:46 at 157 pounds following intermission. Ranked fourth in the nation, Schlatter recorded his first pin of the season. He is now 31-5 on the year and 18-2 in dual meets.
Not to be outdone, senior Matt Nagel needed just 1:22 to record the fall against Bryan Harney at 165 pounds. It was Nagel’s second pin in two career matches against Harney. His win gave Minnesota a 31-3 lead.
The upset of day occurred at 174 pounds as 14th-ranked Gabriel Dretsch defeated fifth- ranked R.J. Boudro, 3-1. The pair traded escapes in the second and third periods. With time winding down on the match, Dretsch claimed the win with a late takedown.
In his return to his home state, sophomore Roger Kish recorded a 16-5 major decision against Joe Williams at 184 pounds. A former four-time state champion out of LaPeer, Mich., Kish won for the 12th time in his last 13 matches. He is now 30-4 on the year.
Despite giving up nearly 17 pounds, sophomore Mitch Kuhlman closed out the dual with a 5-4 decision against Jeff Kuhlman at 197 pounds. A natural 165-pounder, Kuhlman finished the season with a 3-4 record in Big Ten dual meets.
Minnesota will have next weekend off as it prepares for the 2006 Big Ten Championships in Bloomington, Ind., March 4-5.
#1 Minnesota 41, #18 Michigan State 3
Feb. 19, 2006
East Lansing, Mich.
HWT - #1 Cole Konrad (MN) maj. dec. Max Lossen (MSU), 17-6
125 #3 Nick Simmons (MSU) dec. Travis Lang (MN), 9-2
133 - #3 Mack Reiter (MN) maj. dec. Jeff Wimberley (MSU), 17-3
141 - #13 Manual Rivera (MN) pinned Tim Hammer (MSU), 6:09
149 - #2 Dustin Schlatter (MN) tech. fall. #15 Darren McKnight (MSU), 15-0, 4:01
157 - #4 C.P. Schlatter (MN) pinned Tony Greathouse (MSU), 1:46
165 - #9 Matt Nagel (MN) pinned Bryan Harney (MSU), 1:22
174 - #13 Gabriel Dretsch (MN) dec. #5 R.J. Boudro (MSU), 4-1
184 - #9 Roger Kish (MN) maj. dec. Joe Williams (MSU), 16-5
197 - Mitch Kuhlman (MN) dec. Jeff Kuhlman (MSU), 5-4