Minnesota Stomps Hoosiers 38-9 on Sunday Afternoon
BLOOMINGTON, In. – The Golden Gophers wrestling team took down the Indiana Hoosiers 38-9 on Sunday afternoon behind four pins in the first six matches.
Bailee O’Reilly, Owen Webster, Hunter Ritter, and Gable Steveson all pinned their opponents to earn the Gophers a combined 24 team points. The four pins are their most this season in a dual.
O’Reilly and Webster pinned their opponents in the second period while Ritter and Steveson took care of business in the first period.
All three of Steveson’s pins this season have come in the first period with each coming quicker and quicker.
Finishing his first road trip back in his home state of Indiana Brayton Lee earned his second decision victory of the weekend. On Friday night against Purdue, he also ended the dual for the Gophers with a victory.
Ben Brancale made his first dual appearance for the Gophers since February 16, 2018, a span of 716 days, in his relief appearance for No.5 Mitch McKee. Brancale took advantage of the opportunity and earned the 8-3 decision with three takedowns.
In his second dual appearance against his former school, Devin Skatzka once again came out victorious. Skatzka put on an offensive show with a technical fall in two minutes boosted by two takedowns and four four-point nearfalls.
Last season he defeated Jacob Covaciu by 8-3 decision.
The Maroon and Gold got their hand raised in eight individual bouts, with the exception being the forfeit at 125-pounds and sudden victory loss at 133-pounds.
“We’re out here wrestling hard, staying aggressive, and having fun together. We’ve got like a month until Big Tens and NCAA’s and we can’t wait.” – Heavyweight Gable Steveson
The Maroon and Gold return home for a February 9 dual against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the penultimate home dual against the defending national champions.
Minnesota 38 Indiana 9
157 #22 Ryan Thomas (Minnesota) dec. Fernie Silva (Indiana) 9-7 SV-1
165 Bailee O’Reilly (Minnesota) fall Dillon Hoey (Indiana) 4:09
174 #8 Devin Skatzka (Minnesota) tech fall Diego Lemley (Indiana) 16-1, 2:00
184 #18 Owen Webster (Minnesota) fall Jake Hinz (Indiana) 4:13
197 Hunter Ritter (Minnesota) fall Nick Willham (Indiana) 2:09
285 #1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) fall Rudy Streck (Indiana) :56
125 Liam Cronin (Indiana) wins by forfeit
133 Cayden Rooks (Indiana) dec. Boo Dryden (Minnesota) 5-3 SV-2
141 Ben Brancale (Minnesota) dec. Eddie Bolivar (Indiana) 8-5
149 #4 Brayton Lee (Minnesota) dec. #22 Graham Rooks (Indiana) 5-2