MINNEAPOLIS- The University of Minnesota wrestling team finished up the 2019 Big Ten Championships at Williams Arena in fourth place as a team with 101.5 team points.
The last time Minnesota (14-3, 7-2 B1G) placed in the top-four as a team was in 2015. This weekend the home team finished behind Penn State, Ohio State, and Iowa.
Four Gophers placed within the top-three, led by freshman heavyweight Gable Steveson who finished in second place. Steveson suffered his first loss of the season in a narrow 4-3 decision to Anthony Cassar of Penn State.
Carson Brolsma won two matches at 165 pound on the day, including a victory in the ninth place match to punch his automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament. Brolsma defeated Illinois’ Joey Gunther to take the spot after losing to him on Saturday.
His victory gave the Gophers eight automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Championships.
Sean Russell took home third place at 125-pounds after advancing due to an injury default and then defeating Indiana’s Elijah Oliver for the second time this season. Against Oliver, Russell scored the only points of the match and accumulated over four minutes of riding time.
Ethan Lizak also advanced to the third place match without wrestling, his opponent had a medical forfeit. In a rematch from earlier this season, Lizak took on Iowa’s Austin DeSanto for the third place title. After losing to DeSanto in a 6-1 decision earlier this year next door at Maturi Pavilion, Lizak went up 4-0 in the first period en route a 6-2 victory at Williams Arena.
After a successful first day of the tournament, Skatzka got back to business with a major decision over Ethan Smith of Ohio State. In his third bout against Nebraska’s Mikey Labriola, Skatzka won for the second time in only two days. The pair remained tied until the final moments when Skatzka got the takedown with under five seconds left.
Minnesota native Mitch McKee finished in fourth place after he went 1-1 on the day. McKee defeated the Wolverines’ Kannen Storr by 12-6 decision in his first bout of the day before falling to Penn State’s Nick Lee 12-4 in the third place match.
Tommy Thorn dropped his battle with Iowa’s Pat Lugo to start the day but proceeded to finish in fifth place due to a medical forfeit by his opposition, Penn State’s Brady Berge.
The Maroon and Gold travel to Pittsburgh for the NCAA Championships which run from March 21-23.
125-pound Sean Russell
Consolation semifinals: Sean Russell by inj. default over Travis Piotrowski (ILL)
Third Place Match: Sean Russell dec. (6-0) Elijah Oliver (IND)
133-pound Ethan Lizak
Consolation semifinals: Ethan Lizak by medical forfeit over Stevan Micic (MICH)
Third Place Match: Ethan Lizak dec. (6-2) Austin DeSanto (IOWA)
141-pound Mitch McKee
Consolation semifinals: Mitch McKee dec. (12-6) Kannen Storr (MICH)
Third Place Match: Nick Lee (PSU) major dec. (12-4) Mitch McKee
149-pound Tommy Thorn
Consolation semifinals: Pat Lugo (IOWA) dec. (6-4) Tommy Thorn
Fifth Place Match: Tommy Thorn by medical forfeit over Brady Berge (PSU)
157-pound Steve Bleise
Consolation semifinals: Kaleb Young (IOWA) dec. (4-1) Steve Bleise
Fifth place match: Ryan Deakin (NU) major dec. (10-1) Steve Bleise
165-pound Carson Brolsma
Ninth Place semifinals: Carson Brolsma dec. (7-1) Cole Wyoscki (PUR)
Ninth Place Match: Carson Brolsma dec. (3-1) Joey Gunther (ILL)
174-pound Devin Skatzka
Consolation Semifinals: Devin Skatzka major dec. (14-4) Ethan Smith (OSU)
Third place match: Devin Skatzka dec. (4-2) Mikey Labriola (NEB)
184-pound Brandon Krone
Ninth Place semifinals: Brandon Krone dec. (6-2) Jelani Embree (MICH)
Ninth Place Match: Cameron Caffey (MSU) dec. (7-2) Brandon Krone
Heavyweight Gable Steveson
Championship: Anthony Cassar (PSU) dec. (4-3) Gable Steveson