No. 4 Gophers Fall to No. 5 Cornell in First Dual of the Season
Zach Sanders, David Thorn, Cody Yohn and Tony Nelson pick up wins for Minnesota
The No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers came up short in its first dual completion of the season. Minnesota fell to No. 5 Cornell by a score of 21-16, in Ithaca, N.Y. The Gophers had four victories on the evening coming from Zach Sanders (125 lbs.), David Thorn (133 lbs.), Cody Yohn (165 lbs.) and Tony Nelson (Hwt.)
Sanders, who is ranked No.2 in his divison squared off with No. 8 Frank Perrelli. Sanders and Perrelli stayed pretty neutral for the most part of the match. Sanders scored a takedown midway through the first, but Perrelli was able to score an escape late in the period. Perrelli started down to start off the second period and quickly scored another escape, but Sanders responded right back with another takedown, to grab a 4-2 lead heading into the final period. Sanders would earn 1:29 of riding time in the final period and won the match by a count of 6-3.
Thorn had a very quick match, in fact he closed out his first dual against Cornell’s Joe Stanzione is just 2:25, as he picked up the fall. Thorn scored a takedown at 1:44 in the first period to go up 4-1. Stanzione got the escape at the 0:46 mark, but Thorn quickly took him down and secured the pin just outside the inner circle to put the Gophers on top 9-0.
Cornell would go onto to win the next three matches, before Cody Yohn would pick up a victory after a dog fight with Marshall Peppelman. Yohn (No.8) and Peppelman (No. 17) battled to a blank score after the opening period. Thirty seconds into the second, Yohn nearly had Peppelman pinned, but came up with a three-point near fall. Peppelman would score an escape to earn his first point and would end the period after a stalling warning. Yohn kept control in the final period to hold on to win 5-3 and put the Gophers back on top 12-9.
The Big Red would pick up three more straight wins, which gave them the victory before Nelson everstepped foot onto the mat. Nelson controlled Jace Bennett for the entire seven minutes in the circle. He would win by a 15-4 major decision and scored five takedowns and had 3:18 seconds of riding time.
Minnesota will next take on the defending NCAA National Champions Penn State University this Sunday at 11 a.m. The Nittany Lions are currently ranked No. 2 in the country and already have a dual victory under their belts, against Bloomsburg. The dual will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.
NOTE: Redshirt freshman Chris Dardanes and redshirt sophomore Scott Schiller will both compete in the Body Bar Invitational hosted by Cornell. Action gets underway at 8 a.m.
Cornell 21, Minnesota 16
125: No. 2 Zach Sanders 6-3 dec. No. 8 Frank Perrelli 3-0
133: No. 7 David Thorn fall 2:25 No. 18 Joe Stanzione 9-0
141: No. 17 Mike Nevinger 9-6 dec. No. 10 Nick Dardanes 9-3
149: No. 17 Craig Eifert No. 6 Dylan Ness 10-7 dec. 9-6
157: No. 1 Kyle Dake 5-0 dec. No. 8 Jake Deitchler 9-9
165: No. 8 Cody Yohn 5-3 dec. No. 17 Marshall Peppelman 12-9
174: Billy George 6-1 dec. Alec Oritz 12-12
184: No. 4 Steve Bosak 8-2 dec. No. 6 Kevin Steinhaus 12-15
197: No. 1 Cam Simaz fall 6:46 No. 2 Sonny Yohn 12-21
Hwt: No. 4 Tony Nelson 15-4 maj dec. Jace Bennett 16-21v