Gophers Shutout Duke, Dominate Cornell

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — On the final day of the South Beach Duals the Minnesota wrestling program defeated the Duke Blue Devils 53-0 before dispatching the Cornell Big Red 31-12.

The Maroon and Gold got their hand-raised in 18-of-20 individual bouts. On the weekend Minnesota won 28 total individual dual bouts.

With two more pins on the day Mitch McKee moved into a tie with Jared Lawrence for 12th in Gophers history with 33 career pins. Lawrence was McKee’s club coach at the PINnacle Wrestling School.

The St. Michael native can reach the top-ten with four more in the remainder of his career.

Three Gophers went undefeated on the weekend as led by Gable Steveson who had all bonus-point victories on the weekend and also in the season. Mitch McKee and Bailee O’Reilly were the only other two win all four bouts and they each had three bonus-point victories.

Meanwhile, four other Gophers won three bouts across the weekend. The list includes Patrick McKee, Brayton Lee, Devin Skatzka, and Owen Webster.

In the three years the Gophers have attended the South Beach Duals they have a combined record of 9-3.

Brent Jones, Ryan Thomas, and Caden Steffen all participated in the individual bouts after the conclusion of the dual slate.

The Gophers return home for the Big Ten opener against border rival Wisconsin on January 10 at Maturi Pavilion. The dual features multiple top-ten matchups including a top-five battle at heavyweight between Gable Steveson and Trent Hillger.

Duke Recap

The Gophers began the day dominating Duke 54-0 with bonus-point victories in all ten weight classes. The victory marked the first time Minnesota had scored more than 50 team points and had shutout a team since exactly a year ago today against Kent State also at the South Beach Duals.

The Gophers even improved upon that performance and earned three more team points than that 51-0 victory.

Due to a technical fall, two forfeits, and four falls the Gophers only spent 36 minutes and seven seconds on the mat out of a possible hour and ten minutes.

With six points in each of the first four bouts, the Gophers took a 24-0 lead, the largest possible at that point in the dual.

(FloWrestling rankings)

Minnesota 53 Duke 0
125: No.19 Pat McKee by forfeit (Minnesota leads 6-0)
133: Jake Gliva fall (4:06) over Harrison Campbell (Minnesota leads 12-0)
141: No.2 Mitch McKee fall (2:20) over Ty Mill (Minnesota leads 18-0)
149: No.5 Brayton Lee by forfeit (Minnesota leads 24-0)
157: Carson Brolsma major dec. (15-3) over Eric Carter (Minnesota leads 28-0)
165: Bailee O’Reilly major dec. (13-4) over Ben Anderson (Minnesota leads 32-0)
174: No.7 Devin Skatzka tech. fall (16-0) over Mason Eaglin (Minnesota leads 37-0)
184: No.18 Owen Webster fall (3:19) Kai Blake (Minnesota leads 43-0)
197: Garrett Joles major dec. (16-3) over Vincent Baker (Minnesota leads 47-0)
285: No.2 Gable Steveson fall (1:12) over Jonah Niesenbaum (Minnesota wins 53-0)

Cornell Recap

Less than 15 minutes after defeating Duke the Gophers got started on their 31-12 victory over the Cornell Big Red.

The Maroon and Gold would win eight bouts, including three by bonus points, en route to the final victory of the calendar year.

Both Mitch McKee and Devin Skatzka recorded pins for the Gophers with McKee’s coming in the first minute of his bout and Skatka’s coming in the final minute of his bout.

At one point in the dual, the Gophers won six straight individual bouts from 141-pounds to 184-pounds.

Cornell won only two bouts with falls at 133-pounds and 197-pounds.

Minnesota 31 Cornell 12
125: No.19 Pat McKee dec. (9-7) over Dominic LaJoie (Minnesota leads 3-0)
133: No.6 Charles Tucker fall (3:35) over Brent Jones (Cornell leads 6-3)
141: No.2 Mitch McKee fall (0:48) over Noah Baughman (Minnesota leads 9-6)
149: No.5 Brayton Lee dec. (9-4) over Hunter Richard (Minnesota leads 12-6)
157: Carson Brolsma dec. (5-4) over Adam Santoro (Minnesota leads 15-6)
165: Bailee O’Reilly dec. (8-3) over Milik Dawkins (Minnesota leads 18-6)
174: No.7 Devin Skatzka fall (6:13) over Andrew Merola (Minnesota leads 24-6)
184: No.18 Owen Webster dec. (9-3) over Jonathan Loew (Minnesota leads 19-6)
197: No.7 Ben Darmstadt fall (2:00) over Garrett Joles (Minnesota leads 19-10)
HWT: No.2 Gable Steveson major dec. (13-3) over Brendan Furman (Minnesota wins 25-10)

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