The No. 3 Minnesota wrestling program swept the Northern Quad in Rochester, Minn. on Sunday, posting wins in all three duals. In a battle of nationally ranked teams, the Gophers came from behind to beat No. 9 Central Michigan 21-17 while also earning team wins over Appalachian State (30-6) and North Dakota State (35-9).
No. 3 Minnesota 30, Appalachian State 6
Minnesota cruised to its first dual win of the season with a 30-6 win over the Mountaineers starting with a pin from Zach Sanders over ASU's Tony Gravely in 4:26 in the 125 lbs. match followed up by a 7-5 decision in favor of Thane Antczak over Chris Johnson at 133 lbs. Mike Thorn provided the Gophers third-straight win of the day at 141 lbs. when he scored a major decision over Mike Kessler before the Mountaineers finally found the score sheet in the 149 lbs. matchup when Savva Kostis earned a 10-8 decision over Danny Zilverberg. But Minnesota would answer right back as Alec Ortiz picked up a 14-8 decision over John Blakely at 157 lbs. and Cody Yohns added an 8-5 decision of his own at 165 lbs. over Appalachian State's Kyle Blevins.
The Gophers (3-0-0 overall, 0-0-0 Big Ten) built up a 21-point lead following the 174 lbs. match between Scott Glasser and Carter Downs. Glasser earned a 21-7 win for Minnesota when he tallied nine takedowns in the match including four in the third period. After Kevin Steinhaus dropped an 11-9 decision to Austin Trotman in the 184 pounders meeting, the Gophers closed out the dual with a 7-0 decision victory for Sonny Yohn over Paul Glover and a 7-1 decision for Tony Nelson over Marc Tyson.
No. 3 Minnesota 21, No. 9 Central Michigan 17
The day's most anticipated matchup certainly didn't disappoint as the No. 3 Gophers and No. 9 Chippewas battled back in forth with Minnesota picking up a 21-7 win. Zach Sanders picked up his second win of the day in the opener against Central Michigan, earning a 19-5. In the follow-up match, Antczak wasn't as lucky, giving up a 10-0 major decision to Scotti Sentes. But Mike Thorn regained the lead for the Gophers in the next match when he scored a pin in 4:53 at 141 lbs. Danny Zilverberg added to the Gophers advantage with a come-from-behind 7-5 decision over CMU's Donnie Corby in extra time. Zilverberg scored a late point in the third to tie the match up and then scored a takedown to lock up the win and give the Gophers a nine-point lead at the halfway point.
But the Chippewas turned the tide on Minnesota, gaining the lead with victories in the next three matches. At 157 lbs, Eric Cubberly picked up a 9-2 decision over Alec Ortiz and Mike Miller followed that up with a major decision(10-2) over Cody Yohn at 165 lbs. Then in a battle of nationally ranked 174 pounders, No. 6 Ben Bennett picked up a 7-1 decision over No. 10 Scott Glasser.
But a technical fall by Kevin Steinhaus in the 184 lbs. match regained the lead for Minnesota when the redshirt freshman scored an 18-2 win over Chad Friend. Sonny Yohn added a 6-1 decision over Craig Kelliher and Tony Nelson dropped a close 3-2 decision to No. 4 Jarod Trice as the Gophers hung on to win 21-17.
No. 3 Minnesota 35, North Dakota State 9
Sanders picked up his third win of the afternoon in the opening match against Trent Sprenkle of NDSU, pegging a 14-5 major decision over Sprenkle at 125 lbs. After dropping a major decision earlier in the day, Antczak rebounded nicely in the evening finale. The sophomore earned a 10-1 major decision over the Bison's Justin Solberg before Danny Zilverberg added a 7-4 decision at 149 lbs. over Andrey Patselov to give Minnesota a 17-0 lead. The Bison got on the board with a 3-0 decision for Vince Salminen over Pat Smith at 157 lbs., and Minnesota's Cody Yohn picked up a 7-4 decision over Tyler Johnson at 165 lbs. before Joel Hill was pinned by NDSU's Steve Monk in 3:49.
The Gophers swept the final three events with Kevin Steinhaus earning a 10-4 decision over Kevin Moenkedick and Sonny Yohn earning a fall over Drew Ross in 16 seconds at 197 lbs. Minnesota's Tony Nelson recorded the win in the heavyweight matchup via forfeit.