Gophers Head to Madison to Take On Badgers

The Golden Gophers (10-2, 3-1 Big Ten) travel across the border to face the Wisconsin Badgers (6-4, 1-4) on Friday January 25, 2019 at 7 p.m at the Wisconsin Fieldhouse.

Border Rivalry
The Gophers look to be the latest Minnesota program to win in Madison against the border rivals this year. This is the 96th time the two programs have met since first meeting in 1926. The all-time series sits at 61-32-1 in the Gophers advantage.

The Gophers have not lost to the Badgers since head coach Brandon Eggum took over the Gophers.

Brandvold’s Homecoming
Assistant coach Trevor Brandvold will be making his first return to Madison, Wisconsin, as the Badgers’ opposition after wrestling and coaching there for the past decade.

Brandvold was a two-time Big Ten champion and two-time All-American for the Badgers. The River Falls, WIisconsin, native then coached the squad for six years.

Open Tournament
While the Gophers battle the Badgers, 10 wrestlers will be headed to the North Country Open at Collegeville, Minnesota.

The full list of those competing are 125-pound Patrick McKee, 133-pound Jake Gliva, 141-pound Ben Brancale, 149-pound Jake Bergeland, 149-pound Brayton Lee, 149-pound Brenn Olson, 149-pound Tyler Waterson, 157-pound Kasper McIntosh, 174-pound Bailee O’Reilly, and 184-pound Caden Steffen.

Brancale won at the Open 2017 at 149-pounds. Both O’Reilly and Steffen finished the Worthington Open last weekend as champions.

Road Warriors
Last weekend the Gophers secured two road Big Ten victories over No.17 Illinois and then Northwestern. The Gophers defeated Illinois with two pins, and two major decisions to secure the dual victory 29-15.

The Gophers notched two pins again on Sunday, these back-to-back from Ethan Lizak and Mitch McKee, with a technical fall added on by 184-pound Brandon Krone.

With their two victories last weekend the Gophers now improve to 4-0 on the road and 4-0 on neutral sites.

Next Up
The Gophers return home for the first time since taking on Iowa on January 13 when they take on Purdue in a matinee matchup preceding Super Bowl LIII.

The Gophers then hit the road one final time on February 8 to take on Nebraska before finishing off the season with three duals at home. Minnesota hosts the Big Ten Championships at Williams Arena on March 9 and 10.

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