Gophers Make History with Sweep of Bison Quad

Robinson became the all-time winningest coach in Minnesota Wrestling history

The No. 1 Minnesota Wrestling program swept the Bison Quad today at the Bison Sports Arena in Fargo, N.D., to move to 6-0 on the year. The Gophers competed against Eastern Michigan, Itasca Community College and host team North Dakota State. With three wins on the day, head coach J Robinson became Minnesota Wrestling’s all-time winningest coach, boasting an overall record of 394-129-4 in 27 years with the program. Minnesota also surpassed 900 total program wins at the quadrangular meet, becoming only the sixth collegiate team in the nation to reach that mark.

Minnesota GophersMinnesota 36, Eastern Michigan 4
Minnesota started the day against Eastern Michigan and defeated the Eagles 36-4 to set the tone for the competition. At 125 lbs., David Thorn started the round strong with a 5-1 decision over Jared Germaine, but Eastern Michigan tied the team scores with a win in the next round at 133 lbs. The Gophers answered with a dominant eight-bout run to close out the dual. Among the highlights were a 3-1 sudden victory by Brad Dolezal in the 157 weight class and pins at 165 lbs. and 285 lbs. Cody Yohn earned his pin at the 4:51 mark in the second period, while Tony Nelson took Chris Eggert at 2:57 for six points to add to the team’s total.

Minnesota 22, North Dakota State 12
In the second round of the day, North Dakota State gave Minnesota its biggest challenge so far this season. The Bison stole four of the first six bouts before the Gophers ran away with victories in all four remaining weight classes to earn the comeback defeat, 22-12. Logan Storley, Kevin Steinhaus, and Scott Schiller posted major decisions over their respective Bison opponents to give the team a substantial cushion. Nelson capped off the win with a 5-1 decision over Evan Knutson.

Minnesota 39, Itasca Community College 0
The Gophers wrapped up the day with a 39-0 routing of Itasca Community College. With four pins and one technical fall, the team dominated on the mat. Corey Hodowanic started the dual on a high note, forcing a 4:29 fall on Justin Valhuerdi. Nick Dardanes also tallied a pin in the next round at the 5:10 mark in the third period. Pat Smith and Alec Ortiz saw their first action of the season and earned a 1:05 pin and a 14-4 decision, respectively. Yohn rebounded from an earlier loss to NDSU with a 28-13 technical fall at 4:32 into the dual. Steinhaus cemented the Gopher victory, pinning Vernon Rash at 2:11.

Bison Quad results