Skatzka Earns 100th Victory as Gophers Down Spartans
EAST LANSING, Mi. – The University of Minnesota wrestling program defeated Michigan State 25-10 behind the efforts of seven individual victories.
Three Gophers made their career Big Ten dual debuts on the night, headlined by Ryan Thomas and Jake Bergeland who both won after never previously starting any dual. Thomas began the night with his dual debut while Bergeland finished the night with his dual debut.
Chase O’Connor made his Big Ten dual debut at heavyweight but ultimately fell by 6-2 decision to Christian Rebottaro.
Richmond, Michigan, native Devin Skatzka earned his 100th career victory with his 10-5 victory over Layne Malczewski. Surrounded by friends and family after the match Skatzka did a post-dual interview with BTN and soaked in the scene.
“It feels great, I’m blessed,” said Skatzka. “Not too many people get to accomplish that. It’s great it worked out this way being in Michigan with a bunch of family and friends here.” After earning 48 wins in Indiana, Skatzka has added 52 more since becoming a Golden Gopher.
Hunter Ritter blew the dual score open with a first period pin against Nick May right before intermission. After putting May to his back early on in the match Ritter calmly settled into pin his opponent’s shoulder blades to the Spartans’ mat.
Minnesota 25 Michigan State 10
157: Ryan Thomas (Minnesota) dec. #21 Jake Tucker (Michigan State) 5-2
165: Bailee O’Reilly (Minnesota) dec. Drew Hughes (Michigan State) 5-2
174: #7 Devin Skatzka (Minnesota) dec. Layne Malczewski (Michigan State) 10-5
184: #20 Cameron Caffey (Michigan State) dec. #18 Owen Webster (Minnesota) 9-4
197: Hunter Ritter (Minnesota) fall Nick May (Michigan State) 2:26
285: Christian Rebottaro (Michigan State) dec. Chase O’Connor (Minnesota) 6-2
125: #14 Patrick McKee (Minnesota) maj. dec. Logan Griffin (Michigan State) 10-2
133: Garrett Pepple (Michigan State) maj. dec. Brent Jones (Minnesota) 11-0
141: #5 Mitch McKee (Minnesota) dec. Matt Santos (Michigan State) 12-8
149: Jake Bergeland (Minnesota) dec. Alex Hrisopoulos (Michigan State) 9-2