Greeley, Colo. - The Golden Gopher wrestling team won nine-of-10 matches en route to a 41-3 win over Northern Colorado this afternoon (Dec. 13), winning its second straight dual.
Minnesota (3-1) was in control the entire match, leading 17-0 before dropping its only contest. Northern Colorado (0-6) watched as six of the Gophers' wins accumulated bonus points for the lopsided final score.
Things began mildly for the Gophers, as Zach Sanders (Wabasha, Minn.) won by a 10-6 decision, taking a 3-0 lead after the opening match. Sanders improved his season record to 7-0, the second best mark on the team.
The only better record belongs to Jayson Ness (Bloomington, Minn.), who surprised no one with his first period fall at 133. Ness extends his record to 11-0 with 10 falls, nine of which have been in the first three minutes of the match. The win was also number 128 of his career, moving Ness into sole possession of eighth place all-time in Minnesota wrestling history.
The top of the Gophers' line-up continued its dominance, as Mike Thorn (St. Michael, Minn.) won for the seventh time this season at 141, improving to 7-1. Thorn won his second straight match by tech fall, finishing with a 24-5 score as the final buzzer sounded.
In his first dual of the season, David Zilverberg (Wayzata, Minn.) was victorious next at 149. A 5-0 shutout by Zilverberg extended the Gophers lead to 17-0, just four matches in. It was also just the second dual meet appearance ever for the sophomore, running his career record to 2-0.
At 165, Dustin Schlatter (Massililon, Ohio) won his second straight, with his most dominating performance of the season in a 16-3 major decision win, while Cody Yohn (Alamosa, Colo.) followed with his team leading 13th victory at 174, on a 15-8 decision.
Sonny Yohn (Alamosa, Colo.) at 184 and Ben Berhow (Hayward, Minn.) at heavyweight closed out the match with a technical fall and pin respectively, as the Gophers put up a season high 41 points. Sonny Yohn already has a 15-0 shutout on his record this season, but equally as impressive was his 19-1 effort today, for his second tech fall of the season.
Berhow, meanwhile, won by fall for just the second time as well, winning his second straight match in the process. Early in the third period, Berhow notched the fall, for the final match of the day.
The Gophers will get to rest and relax now as the first half of the season comes to a close. Minnesota will return to action just before the calendar turns, on Dec. 29 and 30, in Greensboro, N.C. for the annual Southern Scuffle. It will be a star-studded line-up at the two-day tournament, providing plenty of great competition.
Minnesota returns to dual meet action not long after, as it welcomes the second-ranked team in the country, Iowa State, to the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 3.
125 - #4 Zach Sanders (UM) dec. Tony Mustari (UNC), 10-6 / 3-0
133 - #2 Jayson Ness (UM) fall Gavin Garza (UNC), 1:06 / 9-0
141 - #6 Mike Thorn (UM) tech fall Casey Cruz (UNC), 24-5 (7:00) / 14-0
149 - David Zilverberg (UM) dec. Rocco DePaolo (UNC), 5-0 / 17-0
157 - Justin Gaethje (NC) dec. Joe Grygelko (UNC), 8-6 / 17-3
165 - #4 Dustin Schlatter (UM) major Tanner Weiks (UNC), 16-3 / 21-3
174 - Cody Yohn (UM) dec. Brandon Kammerzell (UNC), 15-8 / 24-3
184 - #18 Sonny Yohn (UM) tech fall Eric Brennan (UNC), 19-1 (6:12) / 29-3
197 - Joe Nord (UM) MFor / 35-3
285 - #11 Ben Berhow (UM) fall Justin Tuell (UNC), 5:29 / 41-3