FRESNO, Ca. – The Gophers flew out to Fresno State to defeat the Bulldogs for the second straight season, this time by a team score of 31-6. The Gophers have now scored over 30 team points in two consecutive duals and three out of four this season.
The Gophers got two technical falls and a forfeit for bonus point victories.
The Gophers night got started with 125-pound Sean Russell who continued his recent run of scoring. Russell immediately got to his offense and got the takedown only 30 seconds into the bout before notching the nearfall.
Russell quickly put an end to the match with a second period 16-1 technical fall.
133-pound Ethan Lizak quickly got to his opponents left leg and took a key first-period lead. After surrendering a second-period takedown Lizak got back to business with a four-point nearfall in the third period to clinch a 9-2 victory with over two minutes of riding time.
Against the lone ranked Bulldog Khristian Olivas, 149-pound Tommy Thorn was tied 1-1 after regulation with escapes the only scoring of the match. In sudden victory, Thorn battled at the edge of the mat for the game-winning takedown.
Making his second consecutive dual appearance in place of the injured Steve Bleise 157-pound Miles Patton held a one-point lead late in the third before extending his lead. Patton’s late takedown and nearfall sent the Gophers into intermission leading 14-3.
Straight out of intermission 165-pound Carson Brolsma got on the board nearly immediately with a takedown within ten seconds. He followed that up with two more in the period for a 6-2 lead. Brolsma finished up the bout with a 9-5 victory, including riding time.
174-pound Devin Skatzka continued to excel with victory in a close match with Fresno State’s Jackson Hemauer.
Filling in for usual starter Mitch McKee, 141-pound Brent Jones made his dual debut against Chris Deloza or Fresno State. In an action-packed bout Jones got a late takedown but couldn’t follow it up with another and he fell 13-11.
184-pound Owen Webster dropped his bout to Jackson Hemauer 4-1 after only two takedowns, but ample riding time for Hemauer.
197-pound Brandon Krone made a victorious return to the lineup after not wrestling since the Oklahoma State dual on Nov. 18. Krone didn’t settle after a 4-0 first-period lead and rode out the entire second period with a four-point nearfall in the mix.
Fresno State forfeited the matchup at heavyweight to give Gable Steveson the automatic victory.
Minnesota 31, Fresno State 6
125: No.5 Sean Russell tech. fall Jeremy Trinh 16-1 | Minnesota 5-0
133: No. 8 Ethan Lizak dec. Gary Joint 9-2 | Minnesota 8-0
141: Chris Deloza dec. Brent Jones 13-11 | Minnesota 8-3
149: Tommy Thorn dec. No. 23 Khristian Olivas SV 3-1 | Minnesota 11-3
157: Miles Patton dec. Isaiah Hokit 11-3 | Minnesota 14-3
165: Carson Brolsma dec. Jacob Wright 9-5 | Minnesota 17-3
174: No. 16 Devin Skatzka dec. Ricky Padilla 6-4 | Minnesota 20-3
184: Jackson Hemauer dec. Owen Webster 4-1 | Minnesota 20-6
197: Brandon Krone tech. fall Danny Salas 15-0 | Minnesota 25-6
285: No. 2 Gable Steveson winner by forfeit | Minnesota 31-6