Storley Leads Gophers to a 23-15 Thriller Win over Michigan
Freshman Logan Storley lit a fuse for the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team on Friday night. The Gophers were down 15-7 heading into the 174 lbs. match between No. 7 Storley and Michigan’s No. 5 Justin Zerrip. Storley was down 5-3 with four seconds left in regulation as both wrestlers went out of the circle. As they headed to the inner circle for a re-start, Storley caught Zeerip, who was slow getting back to the circle. Storley took advantage of the fatigued Zeerip and shot a low single leg and quickly turned it into a two-point takedown tying the match at five as the horn sounded. Zeerip had the riding time point to tie the score at five a piece. Storley was able to score a takedown 20 seconds into the extra time, to pick up the 7-5 victory and pull the Gophers within five of the Wolverines.
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Redshirt Sophomore Kevin Steinhaus took the mat next for the Maroon and Gold and took care of the Wolverines Hunter Collins after picking up a 14-5 major decision. The bonus point would bring Minnesota within one (15-14) of Michigan with two matches left.
No. 6 Sonny Yohn would take on Michigan’s No. 15 Max Huntley and was awarded a win by injury early in the second period. The six points gave the Gophers the 20-15 lead, leaving only Tony Nelson for the Gophers.
Nelson, ranked No. 4 was able to hold off a late run by No. 11 Ben Apland, as he picked up the 3-2 decision to close out a roller coaster evening for the Gophers.
Other wins for the Maroon and Gold tonight came from No. 1 Zach Sanders who scored an opening 19-9 major decision over Grant Pizzo and No. 7 Chris Dardanes picked up a 5-1 decision over No. 12 Zac Stevens.
With the victory tonight Minnesota (9-2 overall, 6-0 Big Ten) remains the only undefeated team in conference action. Michigan (5-3 overall, 3-2 Big Ten) will host Michigan State (3-6, 1-4 Big Ten) on Sunday.
The Gophers will now take on No. 5 Iowa on Sunday at Carver Hawkeye Arena. The dual will be televised live on the Big Ten Network at 3 p.m. CST.
Minnesota 23 Michigan 15
125: No. 1 Zach Sanders (Minnesota) 19-9 maj. Dec. over Grant Pizzo (Michigan) 4-0
133: Chris Dardanes (Minnesota) 5-1 dec. over No. 18 Zac Stevens (Michigan) 7-0
141: No. 1 Kellen Russell (Michigan) fall 2:28 Seth Lange (Minnesota) 7-6
149: No. 7 Eric Grajales (Michigan) 5-3 dec. over No. 11 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) 7-9
157: Brandon Zeerip (Michigan) 6-4 dec. over Alec Ortiz (Minnesota) 7-12
165: No.17 Dan Yates (Michigan) 7-2 dec. over No. 14 Cody Yohn (Minnesota) 7-15
174: No. 7 Logan Storley (Minnesota) 7-5 SV No. 5 Justin Zeerip (Michigan) 9-15
184: No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) 14-5 major dec. over Hunter Collins (Michigan) 14-15
197: No. 6 Sonny Yohn (Minnesota) won by injury over No. 15 Max Huntley (Michigan) 20-15
Hwt: No. 4 Tony Nelson (Minnesota) 3-2 dec. over No. 11 Ben Apland (Michigan) 23-15