After a blowout win over Indiana on Jan. 22, Minnesota returned to the Hoosier State last Sunday to take on Purdue. It was the Gophers first trip to West Lafayette in five years, but Minnesota was not accommodating guests for its hosts, winning seven matches, including five with bonus points, to knock off the Boilermakers, 29-12.
For the second consecutive dual, the Gophers got tech falls from No. 6 Ethan Lizak (125), No. 2 Brett Pfarr (197) and No. 8 Michael Kroells (285). On Sunday, Lizak’s tech fall gave Minnesota a quick lead, an advantage it would not relinquish, and Pfarr and Kroells closed the door on any potential comeback opportunities in the dual’s final two matches.
In addition to the trio of tech falls, No. 9 Jake Short (157) and No. 15 Nick Wanzek (165) provided momentum for Minnesota on both sides of the halftime intermission, with Short earning a major on the way into the locker room and Wanzek matching that performance when the teams returned to the mat.
The Gophers will back on the home mat at the Sports Pavilion this Sunday when Minnesota hosts archrival and third-ranked Iowa at 11 a.m. Tickets for the dual are still available at MyGopherSports.com.