Gophers Hit the Road to Face Illinois and Purdue

The No. 2/4 Minnesota Gopher wrestling team will hit the road for a pair of Big Ten dual matches. On Friday Jan. 13, Minnesota will travel to Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini.  The Gophers and Illini will hit the mat at 7 p.m. CST. Minnesota will turn around and head over to the Hoosier state to take on Purdue University on Sunday Jan 15.  The Gophers and Boilermakers will square off at 1 p.m. CST.

DUAL INFORMATION

Illinois
Date: Friday, January 13, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: Champaign, Ill.
Arena: Huff Hall (4,500)

Purdue
Date: 
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Time: 
1:00 p.m. CT 
Location: 
West Lafayette, Ind.
Arena: 
Holloway Gymnasium (2,288)

GOPHER ALL-ACCESS

Fans who can’t make it to the dual against Illinois or Purdue, Gopher All-Access is your place to be to watch all the action. You can join Gopher All-Access for $9.95 per month or $79.95 per year. Also, this winter you can watch several Gopher men’s basketball and women’s basketball games, along with select Gopher men’s hockey and women’s hockey games. Gopher All-Access is also part of the Big Ten Digital Network. If you upgrade to the Big Ten package, you can access hundreds of live events featuring all 12 conference schools.

UP IN THE POLLS

In the latest InterMat Wrestling poll, the Gophers sit at No. 2 in the nation. Minnesota is No. 4 in the NWCA Coaches Poll.

FACEBOOK-TWITTER UPDATES

If you don’t have Gopher All-Access make sure to follow along on facebook and twitter with live updates throughout this weekend’s match up.

LAST TIME OUT

Minnesota defeated Ohio State on Sunday 24-13. It was the first home dual since Dec. 9 when the defeated Iowa State 34-6.

WE ARE BACK HERE AGAIN

For the second year in a row, the Gophers have a road trip weekend at Illinois and Purdue. Last season the Gophers defeated the Boilermakers 26-15 and Illinois 21-16.

A LOOK AT THE FIGHTING ILLINI  

Illinois is currently 10-1 overall and 2-1 in Big Ten action. Last weekend they defeated Michigan 31-9 in Ann Arbor and early in the season only lost to Iowa by seven (20-13) at Iowa.

ILLINOIS PROJECTED LINEUP

Wt.         Wrestler

125         Jesse Delgado
133         B.J. Futrell
141         Daryl Thomas
149         Eric Terrazas
157         Jackson Morse
165         Conrad Polz
174         Jordan Blanton
OR          Dan Stelter
184         Tony Dallago
197         Mario Gonzalez
HWT        Pat Walker

ALL-TIME AGAINST ILLINOIS

Minnesota leads the all-time series against Illinois 29-22-2. The last time these two faced was in Champaign and the Gophers were victorious with a 21-16 win.

A LOOK AT THE BOILERMAKERS

Purdue is currently 6-5 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten action. The Boilermakers take on Ohio State on Thursday in Columbus before hosting the Gophers on Sunday.

PURDUE LINEUP

Wt.         Wrestler

125         Camden Eppert
133         Cashé Quiroga
141         Brandon Nelsen
149         Ivan Lopouchanski
157         Tommy Churchard
165         Kyle Mosier
174         Drake Stein
184         Braden Atwood
197         Justin Dinius
(or)         A.J. Kissel
285         Roger Vukobratovich

ALL-TIME AGAINST PURDUE

Minnesota leads the all-time 45-17-2, which has dated back to 1926.The Gophers defeated Purdue 26-15 last season in West Lafayette.

I AM No. 1

Senior Zach Sanders the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 125 lbs. Sanders currently is 17-0 on the season and has won the Bison Open and Southern Scuffle titles.

13th ALL-TIME

Sanders is currently tied for 13th all-time on the Gophers wins list. His overall record is 119-13-0 and he is tied with Dan Zilverberg.

DEITCHLER CAREER OVER

As of Jan. 4 redshirt sophomore and former US Olympian Jake Deitchler will no longer be competing for the Gopher wrestling program due to his history with concussions that have dated back since he was 7-years old. Deitchler will still be a member of the team and will continue his education at the University of Minnesota.

GOPHER COACHING STAFF

Minnesota’s coaching staff is led by the legend J Robinson, who enters his 26th season at the helm. Longtime assistant Joe Russell left over the summer to take the head coaching job at George Mason University. Now, Brandon Eggum has moved up to Head Assistant Coach, while Luke Becker is a full-time assistant. Former National Champion Jayson Ness has also joined the staff as an assistant for the Gophers.

GOPHERS INNER CIRCLE

Make sure to check out the Minnesota Wrestling Blog (Gophers Inner Circle) for news, features, videos etc.

LIKE US AND FOLLOW US

Find Gopher Wrestling on Facebook at Golden Gopher Wrestling and make sure to follow the Golden Gophers on Twitter. Just search @GopherWrestling on Twitter to follow all the news updates.


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