MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 9 Gopher wrestling team dominated the Indiana Hoosiers and won 34-3 with nine individual victories, including five bonus point victories.
Minnesota (14-3, 7-2 Big Ten) closes out the Big Ten schedule with two consecutive victories after shutting out Maryland last Sunday. With the dominant victory over the Hoosiers (5-11, 1-8 Big Ten), Minnesota has now won 20 out of their last 21 individual match-ups dating back to heavyweight Gable Steveson’s victory against Nebraska on February 8.
Steveson continued his torrid start to his freshman campaign at Minnesota with a 27th straight victory, this one a 20-5 technical fall over Indiana’s Fletcher Miller.
Steveson’s winning streak now sits tied for 14th on the Maroon and Gold all-time list alongside head assistant coach Luke Becker and former Gophers two-time NCAA Champion Damion Hahn.
Minnesota’s Ethan Lizak got the dual started at 133-pounds and after a quick takedown to start things off he repeatedly turned Indiana’s Paul Konrath for a 10-0 lead after the first period. By the end of the second period Lizak had a 14-0 lead that Konrrath was unable to overcome in the final two minutes of the bout.
Minnesota native Mitch McKee followed suit with a quick takedown and nearfall to start the bout and another takedown at the end of the first period. In the third period McKee defended his lead to finish with an 8-5 decision over Indiana’s Kyle Luigs.
In his final home dual at Maturi Pavilion, redshirt senior Tommy Thorn used a dominant first period to boost himself to victory over Fernie Silva of Indiana. After building a 6-0 lead after the first period, Thorn added multiple points in the remaining two periods to notch his fifth major decision victory of the season.
The Gopher’s Steve Bleise notched his 15th victory of the year after. After takedowns in the first two periods, Bleise secured a two-point nearfall in the final stanza and came out victorious by 8-3 over the Hoosier’s Jake Danishek.
Before intermission, 165-pound Carson Brolsma, a Minnesota native, kept the momentum rolling with a 21-5 technical fall over Dillon Hoey. Brolsma dominated the first period with a takedown and over two minutes of riding time before adding two more takedowns in the second period.The junior kept attacking Hoey’s legs and his lead grew in the final period alongside over five minutes of riding time.
Against his former school, 174-pound Devin Skatzka stayed aggressive and dominated from on top against Indiana’s Jacob Covaciu. Skatzka’s takedowns in the first two periods provided the necessary cushion en route his 8-3 victory.
Dylan Anderson got his 13th victory of the year over Indiana’s Jake Kleimola by 7-4 decision. After a scoreless first period, Anderson got the first two takedowns of the bout, one in the second and one in the third, plus he owned riding time.
Normally the first one out on the mat to start duals, Sean Russell finished off the afternoon at 125-pounds against one of the Hoosier’s top wrestlers, Elijah Oliver. Russell got going with a takedown and four-point nearfall right at the buzzer of the first period.
Anoka, Minnesota, native Brandon Krone forced sudden victory after trailing for most of his match against Indiana’s Norman Conley with a dominant third period that saw him ride out the period and earn two stall calls. Conley secured the decision in sudden victory with a takedown under 20 seconds.
The Gophers close out the season against Rider University at Northrop Auditorium on campus for the theater’s first ever wrestling competition before hosting the Big Ten Championships at Williams Arena on March 9 and 10.
#9 Minnesota 34, Indiana 3
133: #8 Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) maj. dec. Paul Konrath (Indiana) 19-11
141: #10 Mitch McKee (Minnesota) dec. Kyle Luigs (Indiana) 8-5
149: Tommy Thorn (Minnesota) maj. dec. Fernie Silva (Indiana) 12-2
157: #8 Steve Bleise (Minnesota) dec. Jake Danishek (Indiana) 8-3
165: Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) tech fall Dillon Hoey (Indiana) 21-5
174: #12 Devin Skatzka (Minnesota) dec. Jacob Covaciu (Indiana) 8-3
184: Norman Conley (Indiana) dec. Brandon Krone (Minnesota) 4-2 sv1
197: Dylan Anderson (Minnesota) dec. Jake Kleimola (Indiana) 7-4
Hwt: #1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) tech fall Fletcher Miller (Indiana) 20-5
125: #6 Sean Russell (Minnesota) maj. dec. Elijah Oliver (Indiana) 13-2