Competing in its first dual meet as a Division I team, Northern Colorado was no match for the third-ranked Golden Gophers. Minnesota won all 10 matches, with three Gophers recording pins, two registering technical falls and two others posting major decisions on the way to a 45-0 victory. The win was the first shutout in a dual meet for Minnesota since January 27, 2002.
No. 9 Jayson Ness got things started for the Gophers with a 21-6 tech fall over Tony Mustari. The redshirt freshman from Bloomington is off to a 4-1 dual meet start with two major decisions and one tech fall to his credit.
True freshman Mike Thorn gave Minnesota an 8-0 lead with his decision over Kyle Kaiser at 133 pounds, and No. 6 Manuel Rivera defeated Kenny Hashimoto, 8-6, to extend the lead to 11-0.
Top-ranked Dustin Schlatter recorded his fourth shutout of the season with a 15-0 tech fall over Richard Lohr to remain perfect at 9-0 on the season. Schlatter now has won his last 39 matches, tying him with Head Assistant Coach Marty Morgan for the third longest streak in school history.
Tyler Safratowich kept the Gophers rolling with a 5-4 decision over Luke Salazar at 157 pounds to give Minnesota a 19-0 lead. Jeremy Larson followed with a pin of Devan Lewis in 4:40 to push the lead to put the match away. The pin was Larson’s second of the season and ninth of his career.
Gabriel Dretsch earned an 18-4 major decision over Ryan Johnson, and Roger Kish followed with a pin of Alex Joseph to extend Minnesota’s lead to 35-0.
Junior college transfer Yura Malamura improved to 3-1 in a Golden Gopher uniform with his third straight win. Malamura recorded his first major decision with a 20-8 victory over Calen Nicholl.
In the only match of the night featuring two ranked wrestlers, top-ranked Cole Konrad finished off the Bears with a pin of No. 15 Reece Hopkin in 2:55. With the win, Konrad continued to inch his way up the school’s career record charts. He won his 45th consecutive match to move within 13 victories of the longest streak in school history. He is also now tied for fourth all-time with 40 pins in his career.
The Golden Gophers will now gear up to face top-ranked Oklahoma State at the Sports Pavilion on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
#3 Minnesota 45, Northern Colorado 0
125 - #9 Jayson Ness (MINN) tech. fall Tony Mustari (NCOL), 21-6
133 - Mike Thorn (MINN) dec. Kyle Kaiser (NCOL), 6-5
141 - #6 Manuel Rivera (MINN) dec. Kenny Hashimoto (NCOL), 8-6
149 - #1 Dustin Schlatter (MINN) tech. fall Richard Lohr (NCOL), 15-0
157 - Tyler Safratowich (MINN) dec. Luke Salazar (NCOL), 5-4
165 - Jeremy Larson (MINN) pinned Devan Lewis (NCOL), 4:40
174 - #11 Gabriel Dretsch (MINN) maj. dec. Ryan Johnson (NCOL), 18-4
184 - #2 Roger Kish (MINN) pinned Alex Joseph (NCOL), 3:39
197 - Yura Malamura (MINN) maj. dec. Calen Nicholl (NCOL), 20-8
Hwt - #1 Cole Konrad (MINN) pinned #15 Reece Hopkin (NCOL), 2:55