Gophers Blank Terps For First Big Ten Shutout Since 2012
The No. 7 Gopher wrestling team shutout Maryland with 10 individual victories including seven bonus point victories and two pins.
The shutout victory was the Gophers second shutout of the season and first blanking of a Big Ten opponent since Jan. 15, 2012 against Purdue. Minnesota achieved 23 takedowns compared to Maryland’s sole takedown at 165.
With the victory, head coach Brandon Eggum now has 30 career victories.
After Maryland forfeited the 125-pound bout and gave the Gophers a 6-0 lead, 133-pound Ethan Lizak got the action started with a takedown only 45 seconds in. The redshirt senior nicknamed “Backpack Lizak” proceeded to turn his opponent, Orion Anderson, for a four-point nearfall in the first period before finishing off the pin after 2:17.
141-pound Mitch McKee followed Lizak’s lead with first period of his own. After getting a quick takedown as well, McKee worked on top against his opponent before swinging Danny Bertoni to his back and flattening him for the pin at 2:37.
In the dual’s single ranked match-up, No. 1 Gable Steveson and No. 8 Youssif Hemida closed out the afternoon. Steveson got a hold of Hemida’s leg and drove through him for the bouts first takedown and Steveson
The victory is Steveson’s 26th straight to begin his career, which places him at 16th on the Gophers all-time list alongside Dylan Ness, Chris Dardanes, Dave Dean. Head assistant Luke Becker is only one away, with his career best sitting at 27.
He didn’t get the pin, but 149-pound Tommy Thorn bounced back from a loss on Friday night with a first period technical fall. Thorn got the first takedown of the bout and repeatedly turned Peter Tedesco until he hit 16-1 on a final nearfall to end the match.
While he didn’t end the bout early like his fellow lightweights, 157-pound Bleise controlled the pace and dominated his bout. Bleise got six takedowns in the bout while the Terps’ Ryan Diehl got none.
174-pound Devin Skatzka also got a major decision with a domination of Josh Ugalde for the full seven minutes. Skatzka got the only takedowns of the bout and he added a four-point nearfall and riding time point to win 17-2.
Coming out of intermission, 165-pound Carson Brolsma kept the Gophers momentum going. Despite trailing at multiple points in the match, Brolsma stayed aggressive and got a key takedown midway through the third period to take a 5-4 lead. After a Spadafora escape to tie the bout at five, Broslma got to his opponent’s left leg and finished the takedown for the decisive lead.
Redshirt senior Brandon Krone got the start at 184-pounds and after getting the first takedown converted it into a four-point nearfall. The Anoka, Minnesota, native did it again in the final 20 seconds to make it a 12-0 major decision.
After a slow first period, 197-pound Dylan Anderson got on the board with an escape and followed it up with two takedowns in the final two periods. Once he held the 5-0, lead Anderson rode out his opponent and had upwards of 2:37 riding time.
Minnesota 45 Maryland 0
125: No. 6 Sean Russell (forfeit) | Minnesota 6-0
133: No. 8 Ethan Lizak fall (2:17) Orion Anderson | Minnesota 12-0
141: No. 10 Mitch McKee fall (2:37) Danny Bertoni | Minnesota 18-0
149: No. 19 Tommy Thorn tech. fall Peter Tedesco (16-1, 2:44) | Minnesota 23-0
157: No. 8 Steve Bleise major dec. Ryan Diehl (19-5) | Minnesota 27-0
165: Carson Brolsma dec. Philip Spadafora (8-5) | Minnesota 30-0
174: No. 12 Devin Skatzka tech. fall Josh Ugalde (17-2, 7:00) | Minnesota 35-0
184: Brandon Krone major dec. Kyle Janeski (12-0) | Minnesota 39-0
197: Dylan Anderson dec. Niko Capello (6-0) | Minnesota 42-0
HWT: No. 1 Gable Steveson dec. No. 8 Youssif Hemida (7-4) | Minnesota 45-0