Gophers Take Down Wisconsin in Latest Border Battle
MADISON, Wisc. – The No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the No. 16 Wisconsin Badgers in the 96th edition of the border rivalry 27-13 to increase their all-time series lead to 62-32-1.
It’s the Gophers third straight victory and they remain undefeated away from home with a 5-0 record on the road and a 4-0 record at neutral sites. The 11 victories is the most in one season under head coach Brandon Eggum.
“I’m pleased with the performance and I love the effort,” Eggum said. “It was a great effort out there and we kept up our attacking ways.”
With his 23rd consecutive win to start his career heavyweight Gable Steveson joins Tim Hartung and Jason Davids at 21st on the all-time list. Steveson started quickly against No. 11 Trent Hillger with a takedown and nearfall before continuing to attack in the final period to secure a major decision.
It’s his 10th victory over a ranked opponent this season.
197-pound Dylan Anderson got on the board first with a second period escape before adding to it with a takedown on the edge of the mat of Beau Breske. The Hudson, Wisconsin, native finished off the decision in his home state after in his senior year Anderson went 48-1 with his only loss coming Breske in the semifinals of the tournament.
174-pound Devin Skatzka showed off his strength with a first period technical fall after getting the first takedown within the first 30 seconds. Skatzka got to Patrick Spray’s wrist repeatedly and turned his opponent for four four-point nearfalls. It’s Skatzka’s 8th straight victory and 20th of the year.
125-pound Steve Polakowski made his first dual appearance of the year and came out victorious after a Badgers forfeit. That gave the Gophers a 6-0 advantage from the start.
133-pound Ethan Lizak got on board early with a takedown and showed off his prowess on top throughout the bout by amassing 2:26 riding time and securing the 5-4 decision due to the riding point.
149-pound Tommy Thorn secured his third straight victory in exciting fashion. A takedown in short time of the second period gave him a decisive 3-1 lead that he added to with 15 seconds remaining in the final period. While he almost found himself in danger, he got the takedown and gave the Gophers a 12-6 lead.
After securing two takedowns in the first period, 157-pound Steve Bleise No. ched a 6-2 decision. The No. 7 ranked wrestler in his weight class, Bleise dominated the match with his attacks and nearly finished things off with a cradle in the final minute.
After a first period involving multiple wild scrambles, 141-pound Mitch McKee got on board first with a takedown on the edge and then followed it up with an escape and aNo. her takedown in the second period. The third period featured more wild action and McKee remained tied with No. 16 Tristan Moran to end regulation, sending the match into sudden victory where McKee lost by fall.
165-pound Carson Brolsma fought hard against No. 3 Evan Wick but dropped the major decision 8-0 with the riding time point being the difference between a decision and a major.
184-pound Owen Webster dropped a 5-0 decision loss to Mason Reinhardt.
No. 7 Minnesota 27 No. 16 Wisconsin 13
125: Steve Polakowski (forfeit) | Minnesota 6-0
133: No. 8 Ethan Lizak dec. Jens Lantz (5-4) | Minnesota 9-0
141: No. 16 Tristan Moran fall (7:44) No. 8 Mitch McKee | Minnesota 9-6
149: Tommy Thorn dec. No. 19 Cole Martin (5-2) | Minnesota 12-6
157: No. 7 Steve Bleise dec. Garett Model (6-2) | Minnesota 15-6
165: No. 3 Evan Wick major dec. Carson Brolsma (8-0)| Minnesota 15-10
174: No. 11 Devin Skatzka tech. fall Patrick Spray (18-0) | Minnesota 20-10
184: Mason Reinhardt dec. Owen Webster (5-0) | Minnesota 20-13
197: Dylan Anderson dec. Beau Breske (3-0) | Minnesota 23-13
HWT: No. 1 Gable Steveson major dec. No. 11 Trent Hillger (11-2) | Minnesota 27-13