The University of Minnesota wrestling team responded on Saturday at the South Beach Duals, earning two victories over Columbia and Binghamton by scores of 35-9 and 45-6, respectively.
Minnesota won 16 of 17 matches wrestled on the day, with 13 of those matches being bonus point victories for the Maroon and Gold. Mitch McKee provided the highlight of the day in his first match of the day with a 13-second pin, tied for the second fastest in Minnesota wrestling history, just behind teammate Owen Webster’s 11-second pin earlier this season.
“The effort from the guys today was just great. It really started with our bottom few weights, the way they came out really set the tone. The momentum was really going in the right direction and we saw guys looking for bonus points and really allowed us to dominate today.”
The Gophers began the day against the Lions of Columbia, and it started fast. Ethan Lizak provided a perfect 4-0 start for the Gophers in Florida, starting with his 2:03 pin of Hunter Dusold, giving the Gophers a 6-0 start.
McKee followed that up with his 13-second pin, which is the fastest Division I pin in Minnesota wrestling history (second is Evan Johnson over Todd Smith of Iowa at 15-seconds).
No. 10 Tommy Thorn continued the domination from the Gophers at 141 with a major decision against JP Ascolese, giving Minnesota a commanding 16-0 advantage.
“It was really a snowball effect today. Watching these guys make their opponents run out of gas was really impressive.”
Minnesota had to forfeit at 149, but No. 13 Jake Short put more points on the board with a 3-1, sudden victory decision over Markus Scheidel.
The senior continued their push when Nick Wanzek took that mat against Max Elling, earning his fifth straight bonus-point victory with a 22-7 tech fall. The 22 points is the most Wanzek has scored in a single match this season.
Chris Pfarr topped off the trio of seniors with a 6-5 decision victory, which sealed the Gophers first victory at the South Beach Duals.
Stepping up in the place of Webster was redshirt freshman Dylan Anderson. Anderson was able to dominate his opponent at 184, Andrew Psomas, and won by major decision 11-3 with five takedowns.
Bobby Steveson picked up his second win of the season, and his second major decision, against Michael Bulkin. Steveson was quick with his takedowns and helped the Gophers finish off the Lions, 35-9 after the Gophers dropped the heavyweight bout by decision.
Just under an hour after the Gophers won their first dual of the South Beach Duals, the Gophers were ready to put on a show.
Lizak opened up the dual with a 17-0 demolishing of Joe Nelson in the first period, putting the Gophers up 5-0.
After his 13-seconds, McKee had plenty in the tank for his second match against Jacob Nicholson. McKee pinned his opponent at 1:03, putting just one minute and 16 seconds on the mat on the day.
With Minnesota up 11-0, Thorn took the mat and tied the season pin lead with McKee with a pin at 56 seconds. Thorn and McKee now each have eight pins on the season.
After a Minnesota forfeit at 149, Short was up and despite wrestling into overtime in his first match, had plenty of energy to earn his first pin of the season at 1:59 into the match.
“Short did a really good job at moving his hands a feet today,” Eggum said. “That is the way he needs to wrestle, even in tight matches. We know Jake is a great wrestler, he just needs to focus on the things he can control and when he does that, he wrestles really well.”
At 165, Nick Wanzek was once again the steady scoring machine that he was all weekend. His 10-2 major decision is his fourth in his last five matches.
Winning his fifth straight match for just the third time in his career, Chris Pfarr took down Anthony Lombardo by decision, 3-2 sealing the victory for the Maroon and Gold for a second time on the day.
Binghamton forfeited at 184, giving the Gophers a 36-6 lead heading into the final two bouts.
Bobby Steveson was able to give the coaching staff and his teammates a show. He took that mat and scored the most points by any Minnesota wrestler this season in a 24-9 tech fall over Alexander Melikian for his third victory of the season.
Rylee Streifel topped off the afternoon with a 9-1 major decision over Sean Dee, giving the Gophers a 45-6 win and the most points in a dual since the team scored 54 points against Portland State on Nov. 29, 2008.
The Gophers will celebrate the New Year, and then gear up for the Big Ten opener against Michigan State on Jan. 7 at Maturi Pavilion at 1:00 p.m.
Minnesota 35 Columbia 9
125: No. 5 Ethan Lizak fall (2:03) Hunter Dusold | Minn 6 – Columbia 0
133: No. 8 Mitch McKee fall (0:13) Christopher Scorese | Minn 12 – Columbia 0
141: No. 10 Tommy Thorn maj dec JP Ascolese, 10-2 | Minn 16 – Columbia 0
149: Jacob Macalolooy med Hunter Marko | Minn 16 – Columbia 6
157: No. 13 Jake Short dec (SV-1) Markus Scheidel, 3-1 | Minn 19 – Columbia 6
165: No. 9 Nick Wanzek tech fall Max Elling, 22-7 | Minn 24 – Columbia 6
174: Chris Pfarr dec Tyrel White, 6-5 | Minn 27 – Columbia 6
184: Dylan Anderson maj dec Andrew Psomas, 17-7 | Minn 31 – Columbia 6
197: Bobby Steveson maj dec Michael Bulkin, 11-3 | Minn 35 – Columbia 6
HWT: No. 16 Garrett Ryan dec Rylee Streifel, 6-2 | Minn 35 – Columbia 9
Minnesota 45 Binghamton 6
125: No. 5 Ethan Lizak tech fall Joe Nelson, 17-0 | Minn 5 – Bing 0
133: No. 8 Mitch McKee fall (1:03) Jacob Nicholson | Minn 11 – Bing 0
141: No. 10 Tommy Thorn fall (0:56) Joseph Russ | Minn 17 – Bing 0
149: Frank Garcia med Hunter Marko | Minn 17 – Bing 6
157: No. 13 Jake Short fall (1:59) Tristian Rifanburg | Minn 23 – Bing 6
165: No. 9 Nick Wanzek maj dec Vincent DePrez, 10-2 | Minn 27 – Bing 6
174: Chris Pfarr dec Anthony Lombardo, 3-2 | Minn 30 – Bing 6
184: Owen Webster over (Unknown), forefeit | Minn 36 – Bing 6
197: Bobby Steveson tech fall Alexander Melikian, 24-9 | Minn 41 – Bing 6
HWT: Rylee Streifel maj dec Sean Dee, 9-1 | Minn 45 – Bing 6