Minnesota 36, Grand Canyon 8

No. 1 Minnesota Wrangles Antelopes, 36-8

No. 1 Minnesota hit the mat in front of the home crowd at the Sports Pavilion for the first time this season and defeated Grand Canyon 36-8 to improve to 3-0 on the season. Five Gophers scored bonus points in their victories, including No. 20 Sam Brancale (125) and No. 1 Logan Storley (174), who each won his match by fall.

Brancale began the dual with a pin 4:00 minutes into his match with Jacob Reyes, putting the Gophers ahead 6-0. The home team would lead for the remainder of the meet, with Grand Canyon getting no closer than two points, the difference following the second match when Jordan Kingsley fell to Godwin Nyama-Cutler 9-0.

Minnesota GophersFollowing that defeat, the Gophers won the next six matches, beginning with another major decision for Conrad Rangell, an 11-0 victory over Austin Solari. The major decision was Rangell’s third in four career dual matches. At 149, Jake Short improved to 3-0 in his dual career, defeating David Uecker 10-6. No. 1 Dylan Ness needed a couple of brief blood time stoppages to keep his nose clotted during his match with Chayse Jackson at 157, but a pair of early takedowns held up for Ness, who won 6-1. Nick Wanzek scored his first bonus points in a dual match when he beat Casey Larsen by major decision, 11-2, at 165.

At 174, Logan Storley continued his run of dominant performances this season. In the match’s opening two minutes, Storley tilted Trey Ronayne four times, building up a 15-0 lead before pinning Ronanyne at 2:25 to end the match.

No. 14 Brett Pfarr made it three major decisions in three dual matches this season when he defeated Austin Gaun 18-4 at 184. Brett’s brother, Chris Pfarr, followed at 197 and fell to Marcus Haughian, 9-0. At heavyweight, Grand Canyon forfeited the match, earning six points for the Gophers without Michael Kroells wrestling and cementing the final score at 36-8.

The Gophers won’t be off for long, as they will return to the mat at the Sports Pavilion tomorrow night to begin their Big Ten season against the Michigan State Spartans. The match will be streamed on BTN Plus, which requires a subscription. Updates from throughout the meet will be provided on the Gopher Wrestling Twitter feed and GopherSports Game Day Live. A full recap will be available following the match on GopherSports.com.

#1 Minnesota 36, Grand Canyon 8
125 #20 Samuel Brancale (Minnesota) fall Jacob Reyes (Grand Canyon) 4:00
133 Godwin Nyama-Cutler (Grand Canyon) maj. dec. Jordan Kingsley (Minnesota) 9-0
141 Conrad Rangell (Minnesota) maj. dec. Austin Solari (Grand Canyon) 11-0
149 Jake Short (Minnesota) dec. Austin Uecker (Grand Canyon) 10-6
157 #1 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) dec. Chayse Jackson (Grand Canyon) 6-1
165 #15 Nicholas Wanzek (Minnesota) maj. dec. Casey Larsen (Grand Canyon) 11-2
174 #1 Logan Storley (Minnesota) fall Trey Ronayne (Grand Canyon) 2:25
184 #14 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) maj. dec. Austin Gaun (Grand Canyon) 18-4
197 Marcus Haughian (Grand Canyon) maj. dec. Christopher Pfarr (Minnesota) 9-0
285 #20 Michael Kroells (Minnesota) won by forfeit

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