Gophers Open Season with 28-9 Victory
MINNEAPOLIS – The Gopher wrestling program earned a 28-9 season-opening victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Friday night in Maturi Pavilion.
The Gophers won seven of the first ten individual bouts while five Minnesota natives (Patrick McKee, Mitch McKee, Carson Brolsma, Bailee O’Reilly, and Owen Webster) earned victories and three underclassmen (Patrick McKee, Brayton Lee, and Bailee O’Reilly) earned their first dual victories.
At 125-pounds Pat McKee opened the Gophers’ season up in exciting fashion with a pin only 57 seconds into the first bout of the 2019-20 season.
”I’ve been coming to Gopher duals since I was eight or nine years old just watching the greats wrestle before me,” Pat said. “So it was kinda cool that now it’s my turn to run out there. As a fan I always used to watch and think so much about it. Now as a wrestler I just try to simplify it as best I can.”
The Gophers added to the lead when Pat’s older brother, Mitch, worked towards a 15-5 major decision at 141-pounds. The 2019 All-American earned three takedowns in the first period and never looked back on his way to four team points.
Redshirt freshman Brayton Lee opened up his Gophers career with a 7-6 decision over No.18 Russell Rohlfing, the Roadrunners’ highest-ranked wrestler.
At 157-pounds Carson Brolsma sent the Gophers into intermission with a victory. Brolsma and Gerl were tied at one apiece after regulation but Brolsma got the key takedown in the first sudden-victory period.
Coming out of intermission both 165-pound Bailee O’Reilly ad 174-pound Devin Skatzka earned victories. O’Reilly grinded out 6-5 victory before Skatzka ran away with an 18-0 technical fall.
In his best offensive performance as a Gopher grappler, 184-pound Owen Webster scored over five takedowns en route to a 16-3 major decision.
The Gophers’ only losses of the dual came from 133-pound Brent Jones, 197-pound Garrett Joles, and heavyweight Chase O’Connor. All three lost by only one score.
Minnesota 28, Cal State Bakersfield 9
125: #24 Pat McKee (Minnesota) fall Alex Hernandez-Figueroa (Cal State Bakersfield) :57
133: Chance Rich (Cal State Bakersfield) dec. Brent Jones (Minnesota) 7-4
141: #4 Mitch McKee (Minnesota) maj. dec. Angelo Martinoni (Cal State Bakersfield) 14-5.
149: #11 Brayton Lee (Minnesota) dec. #18 Russell Rohlfing (Cal State Bakersfield) 8-7.
157: #20 Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) dec. Wyatt Gerl (Cal State Bakersfield) 3-1 SV1.
165: Bailee O’Reilly (Minnesota) dec. Jacob Thalin (Cal State Bakersfield) 6-5.
174: #7 Devin Skatzka (Minnesota) tech fall Josh Annis (Cal State Bakersfield) 18-0.
184: Owen Webster (Minnesota) maj. dec. Josh Loomer (Cal State Bakersfield) 16-3.
197: #24 Dominic Ducharme (Cal State Bakersfield) dec. Garrett Joles (Minnesota) 6-4.
285: Jarrod Snyder (Cal State Bakersfield) dec. Chase O’Connor (Minnesota) 4-1 TB1.