The Golden Gopher wrestling team completed a three-meet Northern Quad sweep by blanking the North Dakota State Bison 45-0 Saturday afternoon in Rochester, Minn. The Gophers won every match against NDSU, including pins by Jayson Ness, C.P. Schlatter and Benhow and will enter next Sunday’s dual meet with Iowa State a perfect 3-0.
Ness got the Gophers started with his third victory of the day, a quick 2:03 pin of NDSU’s Andy Hackenmueller. Mack Reiter kept the Gophers’ momentum going as he defeated the Bison’s Eric Sanders by a 14-4 major decision. Sanders is the older brother of current Gopher freshman Zach Sanders.
At 141 pounds, Manny Rivera squared off with Gabriel Mooney in a battle of unbeaten (2-0) wrestlers. Rivera got the better of Mooney Saturday afternoon, winning an 8-3 decision to remain perfect (10-0) on the year. The score was 3-2 in the third period until a Rivera takedown opened things up.
Dustin Schlatter continued his torrid pace at 149 pounds, not letting up against Andrey Patselov of the Bison. Patselov was elusive in the early going, but Schlatter’s athleticism was too much as he emerged with a convincing 18-3 win by technical fall. Dustin Schlatter is now 7-0 on the season.
C.P. Schlatter rounded out his day with a pin (in 4:47) over Frazee, Minn. native Adam Aho of NDSU. Schlatter, who entered the day with just five pins in his career (including one each of the last two years), picked up his second of the day after building up a significant 9-1 point advantage over Aho. The senior improved to 7-0 on the year after his third victory of the Northern Quad.
Scott Glasser went up against NDSU’s Mike Quamme at 165 pounds, looking impressive in his second match of the event. Glasser dominated from the start en route to an 11-0 shutout and major decision. The redshirt freshman is now 10-2 this season and a whopping 27-4 during his Gopher career.
Gabe Dretsch made his second appearance of the afternoon, winning 16-5 over Kenny Moenkedick. Dretsch climbed out to a 4-1 lead after three minutes, with two second-period takedowns boosting his tally to 9-2. Dretsch tacked on the bonus riding time point and improved his 2007 record to 9-1.
Roger Kish and NDSU’s Matt Wetterling squared off in the 184 match, with Kish going about his business and notching a 13-3 major decision. It was Kish’s second victory and second major decision of the event, as he improved to 4-0 on the year.
Justin Bronson’s impressive victory in the Northern Colorado meet earned him another chance against NDSU’s Jacob Bryce, an NCAA qualifier last season. The senior put forth another solid effort and battled his way to a 4-0 decision. Bronson is now 10-3 this season and appears to have the edge for the Gophers at 197 pounds.
Heavyweight Ben Berhow, a native of nearby Haywood, Minn., took on NDSU’s Justin LaGosh in the final match of the day for Minnesota. Berhow built up a 16-4 advantage before cornering LaGosh near the edge of the mat and pinning him at the 3:55 mark. It was the redshirt freshman’s first dual meet appearance of his collegiate career.
After sweeping through the Northern Quad, Minnesota must now prepare for what may be its most challenging dual meet opponent of the season. 2007-08 NCAA runner-up Iowa State visits Minneapolis next Sunday, Dec. 2 to take on the Gophers at Williams Arena. That match will begin at 2 p.m. and is scheduled to be televised (either live or via tape delay) by the Big Ten Network.
Minnesota 45, North Dakota State 0
125: #3 Jayson Ness (MN) fall Andy Hackenmueller (NDSU) 2:03
133: #2 Mack Reiter (MN) maj. Eric Sanders (NDSU) 14-4
141: #6 Manuel Rivera (MN) dec. Gabriel Mooney (NDSU) 8-3
149: #1 Dustin Schlatter (MN) tech fall Andrey Patselov (NDSU) 18-3
157: #4 C.P. Schlatter (MN) fall Adam Aho (NDSU) 4:47
165: #13 Scott Glasser (MN) maj. Mike Quamme (NDSU) 11-0
174: #6 Gabe Dretsch (MN) maj. Kenny Moenkedick (NDSU) 16-5
184: #2 Roger Kish (MN) maj. Matt Wetterling (NDSU) 13-3
197: Justin Bronson (MN) dec. Jacob Bryce (NDSU) 4-0
Hwt: Ben Berhow (MN) fall Justin LaGosh (NDSU) 3:55