Minnesota 21 Illinois 16

The No. 5 Minnesota wrestling program completed a weekend sweep over a pair of ranked opponents, topping No. 15 Illinois 21-16 on Sunday after beating Purdue on Friday night. The Gophers earned wins from Tony Nelson (HWT), Zach Sanders (125),  Mike Thorn (141), Cody Yohn (165), Scott Glasser (174) and Kevin Steinhaus (184).

Tony Nelson started the day off right for Minnesota with a 7-0 decision over Patrick Walker in the heavyweight match, and Zach Sanders followed up with a six-minute pin on Logan Arlis in the 125 lbs. match to give the Gophers a 9-0 lead after the opening two matches. The Illini would take six points in the 133 lbs. match when No. 7 Bernard Futrell scored a pin over David Thorn, but Mike Thorn would answer right back with a 9-4 win over Daryl Thomas in the 141 lbs. match to remain unbeaten in duals this season.

Illinois would pick up seven points in the middle weights however to take a 13-12 lead. No. 14 Eric Terrazas scored a 5-2 decision over Danny Zilverberg in the 149 lbs. match and Jackson Morse followed with an 11-2 major decision over Joe Grygelko in the 157 lbs. match.

But the Illini’s lead would be short lived as the Gophers would go on to take the next three matches to lock up the dual. Cody Yohn recorded a 1-0 decision over Conrad Polz at 165 lbs. and Scott Glasser and Kevin Steinhaus followed suit with decisions of their own over Benjamin Friedl at 174 lbs. (7-4) and Tony Dallago at 184 lbs. (4-0, respectively. The three-match swing put Minnesota up 21-13 and a 6-4 decision for Joseph Barczak over Joe Nord would give Minnesota a win with a final score of 21-16.

The Gophers return to action next Sunday in a matchup of top-five programs. The fifth-ranked Gophers will host Big Ten rival and No. 4 Wisconsin at the Sports Pavilion a week from today at 2 p.m. CST.

No. 5 Minnesota at. No. 15 Illinois

Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Champaign, Ill.

Minnesota 21 Illinois 16
285: No. 9 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. Patrick Walker (ILL) 7-0
125: No. 5 Zach Sanders (MINN) fall Logan Arlis (ILL) 6:00
133: No. 7 Bernard Futrell (ILL) fall David Thorn (MINN) 2:53
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) dec. Daryl Thomas (ILL) 9-4
149: No. 14 Eric Terrazas (ILL) dec. Danny Zilverberg (MINN) 5-2
157: Jackson Morse (ILL) maj. Joe Grygelko (MINN) 11-2
165: Cody Yohn (MINN) dec. Conrad Polz (ILL) 1-0
174: No. 8 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. Benjamin Friedl (ILL) 7-4
184: No. 9 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. Tony Dallago (ILL) 4-0
197: Joseph Barczak (ILL) dec. Joe Nord (MINN) 6-4