WEST LAFAYETTE, In. — The University of Minnesota wrestling program defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 27-12 on Friday night in Holloway Gymnasium in front of 788 in attendance.
The Gophers took home seven of the ten bouts, including three by bonus points.
Bailee O’Reilly got the first team points on the board for the Maroon and Gold with a 19-5 major decision at 165-pounds over Tanner Webster. O’Reilly scored in a variety of ways, whether takedowns, reversals, or escapes, to earn his first technical fall of the year.
Indiana native Brayton Lee ended the night in thrilling fashion with a 7-5 sudden victory in the dual’s final bout. After falling behind early, Lee recorded three consecutive takedowns to send the Gophers, and his supporters, home happy.
At heavyweight, Gable Steveson also recorded his first technical fall of the season with a dominant 25-10 victory. Steveson put on an offensive showcase with 12 takedowns to notch his fourth-ranked victory of the season.
Mitch McKee also earned the technical fall with a 16-1 domination of Parker Filius. McKee promptly got a takedown and turn in the first ten seconds before continuing to pour on the offensive points.
Owen Webster helped the Gophers retake the dual lead with an 8-6 decision victory over Max Lyon, who defeated him the team’s dual last season. Webster got on the board first with a takedown and cradle before holding on for the victory.
Garrett Joles got his first career Big Ten victory heading into intermission with a strong 6-2 decision that featured a pair of takedowns as well as a beautiful reversal.
Making his Division-1, Big Ten, and Gophers debut, Boo Dryden earned the 2-1 decision victory. Dryden scored via his third-period escape and second-period rideout while his opponent only scored due to a pair of stall warnings.
Minnesota heads south to take on the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday afternoon to close out the weekend road trip.
The Maroon and Gold next return home for a February 9 dual against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the penultimate home dual.
Minnesota 27 Purdue 12
157 #6 Kendall Coleman (Purdue) dec. #22 Ryan Thomas (Minnesota) 3-1
165 Bailee O’Reilly (Minnesota) tech fall Tanner Webster (Purdue) 20-5, 7:00
174 #4 Dylan Lydy (Purdue) maj. dec. #8 Devin Skatzka (Minnesota) 14-4
184 #18 Owen Webster (Minnesota) dec. Max Lyon (Purdue) 8-6
197 Garrett Joles (Minnesota) dec. Jared Florell (Purdue) 6-3
285 #1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) tech fall #25 Thomas Penola (Purdue) 25-10, 6:34
125 #6 Devin Schroder (Purdue) tech fall #12 Patrick McKee (Minnesota) 20-5, 6:27
133 Boo Dryden (Minnesota) dec. Travis Ford-Melton (Purdue) 2-1
141 #5 Mitch McKee (Minnesota) tech fall Parker Filius (Purdue) 16-1, 6:07
149 #4 Brayton Lee (Minnesota) dec. #17 Griffin Parriott (Purdue) 7-5 SV-1