The Golden Gophers hit the road for one more Big Ten Dual against No.9 Nebraska Friday night before returning home to take on the Maryland Terrapins on Sunday afternoon at Maturi Pavilion.
125- No.6 Sean Russell (18-3, Lawrenceville, Georgia, R-SR.) OR Steve Polakowski (5-4,Libertyville, Ill. R-Sr. )
133- No.8 Ethan Lizak (19-4, Schnecksville, PA, R-Sr.)
141- No.10 Mitchell McKee (13-3, St.Michael, Minn., Jr.)
149- No.19 Thomas Thorn (13-7, St. Michael, Minn, R-Sr.)
157- No.8 Steve Bleise (13-3, Chelsea, MI, R-Sr.)
165- Carson Brolsma (15-8, Osseo, Minn., R-Jr.) OR Jake Allar(18-5, Medina, Minnesota, R-Fr.)
174- No.12 Devin Skatzka (20-6, Richmond, MI, R-Jr.)
184- Owen Webster (7-10, Shakopee, Minn,Junior) OR Brandon Krone (7-8, Anoka, Minn., R-Sr.)
197- Dylan Anderson (11-7, Hudson, Wisconsin, R-So. )
285- No. 1 Gable Steveson (24-0, Apple Valley, Minn., Fr. )
Previewing the Cornhuskers
This top-ten tilt features several ranked battles between the two states, including bookend bouts at 125-pounds and heavyweight. At 125-pounds, No. 6 Sean Russell and No. 16 Zeke Moisey will see which former All-American is ahead of the other in each of their final seasons respectively.
At heavyweight, Gable Steveson will take on David Jensen. Steveson, a 24-0 true freshman, is the consensus No.1 ranked heavyweight in the country. Last week Jensen rocketed up the rankings after defeating last year’s fifth-place finisher, Sam Stoll.
Under head coach Brandon Eggum the Gophers are 0-1 to Nebraska with the loss coming on Jan. 20, 2017 by a score of 21-11.
125- No.16 Zeke Moisey (10-7, Northampton, PA, Sr.)
133- Jevon Parrish (13-8, Olathe, KS, Fr.) OR Tucker Sjomeling (11-5, Delano, MN. R-Fr.)
141- No.19 Chad Red (14-8, Indianapolis, IN., So.)
149- Collin Purinton (8-6, Banks, OR., Jr.) OR Jordan Shearer (7-7, Fargo, ND., Jr.)
157- No.2 Tyler Berger (19-2, Princeville, OR, Sr.)
165- No.6 Isaiah White (13-5, Chicago, Jr.)
174- No.9 Mikey Labriola (18-3, Easton, PA., R-Fr)
184- No.4 Taylor Venz (16-4, Farmington, MN., So.)
197- No.11 Eric Schultz (17-7, Tinley Park, IL., So.)
285- No.10 David Jensen (13-2, Mobridge, SD. Jr.)
Previewing the Terps
The Gophers have never lost to the Terps in three battles. Last season, Minnesota defeated Maryland 26-22 in their home gymnasium.
The Gophers match up well with the Terps and have ranked wrestlers of their own to battle against Maryland’s top two wrestlers, 149-pound Alfred Bannister and heavyweight Youssif Hemida. Bannister, a two-time NCAA Qualifier will take on Tommy Thorn while Hemida, a 2018 All-American, will be tested with the top heavyweight in the nation, Gable Steveson.
Both head coaches, Brandon Eggum and Kerry McCoy, were both All-Americans in the late 1990’s before competing for USA Wrestling in the early part of this millennia.
125- Brandon Cray (5-11, Hamilton, NJ, R-So.)
133- Orion Anderson (5-13, Suylerville, NY, Fr.)
141- Michael Doetsch (9-9, Severn,MD, R-So.) OR Danny Bertoni (13-9, Jefferson, MD, So.)
149- Alfred Bannister (12-5, La Plata, MD, R-Sr.)
157- Jahi Jones (5-6, Fort Washington, MD, R-Sr.) OR Ryan Diehl (5-1, Berkley Springs, WV, R-Sr.) OR Adam Whiteselll (7-10, Silver Spring, MD, R-Sr.)
165- Phillip Spadafora (10-11, Dix Hills, NY, R-Fr.)
174- Josh Ugalde (3-8, Bound Brook, NJ, R-Jr.)
184- Kyle Janeski (9-10, Schnectady, NY, R-F
197- Niko Capello (2-13, Cranford, NJ, R-So.)
285- No. 9 Youssif Hemida (8-2, Mamaroneck, NY, Sr.)
Keeping it Rolling
So far, the Gophers are having their best season across head coach Brandon Eggum’s three year coaching career. The 12 wins is the most he has had in one season and with five Big Ten victories already Eggum is tied with his previous high from last season.
The Gophers have won four straight Big Ten duals and look to continue their streak of no losses away from home continuing. The squad is 4-0 on neutral sites and 5-0 in road duals.
The Lizard and the Thorn
Redshirt seniors Ethan Lizak and Tommy Thorn, 133-pounds and 149-pounds respectively, continue to climb up the Gophers all-time wins list. With 107 victories Lizak now sits at 38th place while Thorn, with 87 victories, sits just outside the top-fifty.
The two friends who have been on campus together for the past five years are two of the Gophers leaders on and off the mat with 194 combined victories. Over the past three weeks the pair have each notched four wins in a row.
Georgia Up North
At 125-pounds, Sean Russell packs a punch. The Lawrenceville, Georgia, native sits at 18-3 in his first year with the Gophers with his only losses coming to top-five competition. Within those 18 wins, Russell has six technical falls, and five major decisions.
Russell is the active leader in career victories for the Gophers with 113, including the 95 that came before he transferred from Edinboro to Minnesota.
Next Time Out
After hosting the Terps, the Gophers close out the Big Ten slate with Indiana the following Sunday in Maturi Pavilion. Senior night against Rider University will be on February 22 and will be hosted in Northrop Auditorium on campus for the theatre’s first ever wrestling dual.
Minnesota then hosts the Big Ten Wrestling Championships on March 9 and 10 at Williams Arena.