Iowa 34 Minnesota 7

Hawkeyes Hand Gophers Loss on the Road

The University of Minnesota wrestling team took a 34-7 loss on the road Friday night to the University of Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Gophers won two matches on the night, the wins coming from Brandon Krone at 184-pounds, and Mitch McKee at 133-pounds.

We knew coming in it would be a tough match,” head coach Brandon Eggum said after the dual. “Especially with a few guys out of the lineup. I’m proud of some of the guys that stepped in. We have a couple of tough duals coming up, so we’ll be able to see if some of these guys can continue to improve and go out and wrestle like we know they are capable.”

minnlogoThe night started and ended with the Gophers being pinned at 149-pounds and 141-pounds. No. 2 Brandon Sorensen defeated Brancale during the second period, putting the Gophers in an early hole.

Jake Short fell in his match at 157-pounds to No. 2 Michael Kemerer by major decision, 16-6. Nick Wanzektried to spark the Gophers in the following match, but fell in a tight match to No. 7 Alex Marinelli, 5-1.

Chris Pfarr finished with an identical score at 174-pounds against Joey Gunther, allowing two takedowns near the end of both the first and second periods.

The tide was turned at 184-pounds with Brandon Krone wrestling at his third different weight class this season. He took on, and defeated, No. 20 Mitch Bowman in an impression fashion, a 12-2 major decision.
Krone dominated the match from the top. He slipped out of early takedown attempts from Bowman, and finally made good with a re-attack early in the first period.

After the takedown, Krone used his superior top skills to ride, and eventually turn, Bowman and take a 4-0 lead into the second, along with 2:33 of riding time.

Still on top in the second, Krone turned Bowman for a four-point near fall, taking an 8-0 lead into the final period, where Bowman elected to start in the neutral position.

Krone would wrap up the win in the third period, despite giving up one takedown. Krone’s win gives him one win at 174, 184 and 197 pounds this season.

“Krone at 184, it was just great to see him come out and dominate,” Eggum said. “Being able to major a ranked opponent was huge for us.”

With Krone wrestling at 184-pounds, Anderson was forced to wrestle at 197-pounds for the first time in his career. He took on No. 7 Cash Wilcke, and wrestled well.

After falling behind 6-3 on three takedowns, Anderson earned a takedown to cut Wilcke’s lead. He entered the third period down just 7-5, and had to start on top.

After an escape from Wilcke, Anderson stayed aggressive and earned a second takedown cutting the score to 8-7 with short time remaining. Wilcke was able to hold on for the victory by decision, 10-7.

“I was really impressed with Dylan Anderson tonight. Weighing in at 184-pounds, and bouncing up and wrestling a top-ranked guy in the country, his fight was something we were happy to see,” Eggum said of Anderson. “He scored a couple big takedowns, and deserves just as much to win that match, he ran him out of gas and that’s what we were really looking for from him.”

After two defeats at heavyweight and 125-pounds, Mitch McKee was able to capture a victory for the Golden Gophers. He used a takedown midway through the first period to open up the scoring. He escaped in the second, but Paul Glynn earned a takedown to cut the score to 3-2.

McKee was able to escape, and held a 4-2 lead after two periods. One last takedown attempt, along with a riding time point, was enough to earn McKee his 12th win of the season.

The Gophers will not wrestle again until Feb. 9 against Rutgers, which will take place on the road in New Brunswick, N.J. That match will be shown on BTN Plus along with FloWrestling.

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Iowa 34 Minnesota 7

149: No. 2 Brandon Sorensen fall (3:32) Ben Brancale | Minn 0 – Iowa 6
157: No. 2 Michael Kemerer maj dec No. 18 Jake Short, 16-6 | Minn 0 – Iowa 10
165: No. 7 Alex Marinelli dec No. 8 Nick Wanzek, 5-1 | Minn 0 – Iowa 13
174: Joey Gunther dec Chris Pfarr, 5-1 | Minn 0 – Iowa 16
184: Brandon Krone maj dec No. 20 Mitch Bowman, 12-2 | Minn 4 – Iowa 16
197: No. 7 Cash Wilcke dec Dylan Anderson, 10-7 | Minn 4 – Iowa 19
HWT: No. 3 Sam Stoll maj dec Rylee Streifel, 12-1 | Minn 4 – Iowa 23
125: No. 3 Spencer Lee tech fall No. 6 Ethan Lizak, 15-0 | Minn 4 – Iowa 28
133: No. 12 Mitch McKee dec Paul Glynn, 7-2 | Minn 7 – Iowa 28
141: Carter Happel fall (6:58) No. 10 Tommy Thorn | Minn 7 – Iowa 34

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