Minnesota Wrestling Highlights: Iowa State

Minnesota finished off its first perfect season away from the Pav since 2012-13 in style on Sunday, piling up points at a rate also not seen in several years and blowing out Iowa State, 40-7.

The Gophers took eight of the afternoon’s 10 matches, including seven with bonus points. Those seven bonus-point wins were the most for Minnesota in a single dual since a 2014 contest against Indiana.

minnlogoIronically, the biggest win of the afternoon may have been the Gophers’ lone decision. That came in the dual’s opening bout, where Chris Pfarr upset returning All-American and tenth-ranked Lelund Weatherspoon, 10-4. Pfarr’s victory set the tone for Minnesota, which would not drop a single match in the first half.

The seven subsequent wins includes a pair of major decisions – first from Brandon Krone wrestling up at 184 pounds and then from No. 8 Jake Short at 157 – a first-period tech fall from No. 8 Michael Kroells at heavyweight and four pins, coming from (in order of matches): No. 2 Brett Pfarr at 197, No. 7 Ethan Lizak at 125, No. 11 Tommy Thorn at 141 and No. 18 Nick Wanzek at 165. The four falls were the most for the Gophers in a single dual since 2012.

Coming off the impressive conclusion to their regular season, the Gophers will be idle this weekend before returning to action on March 4 at the Big Ten Championships in Bloomington, Ind.

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