Minnesota Falls 31-10 to Defending Champion Penn State
MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota wrestling program fell to the No.2 Penn State Nittany Lions 31-10 on Sunday afternoon.
Brayton Lee rallied for the Gophers’ first victory of the day when he notched the final three takedowns against Jared Verkleeren to earn the 7-5 victory. Lee, the sixth-ranked wrestler at 149-pounds, had trailed 3-0 entering the final stanza but a pair of leg attacks earned him overtime before he finished the deal.
In the very next match, Ryan Thomas continued the Gophers’ momentum with another rally. Thomas got the final takedown in the third period and came out on top with a 5-4 victory to send the team into intermission with two straight victories.
Top-ranked Gable Steveson took care of business against No.16 Seth Nevills and now has victories over heavyweight wrestlers from all 13 other Big Ten schools. The win marks Steveson’s 10th victory of the year and 45th of his career.
“We wanted to win the three we were favored in and having Patrick out really hurt us, that could’ve tightened some things…It’s not about winning those close ones as much as it is about fighting and I thought we did that.” – Head Coach Brandon Eggum
Minnesota hits the road for the team’s final road dual of the year as they prepare for the top-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Gophers return home for a February 21 meeting against the Nebraska Cornhuskers to close out the 2019-20 regular season.
Penn State 31 Minnesota 10
125: Brandon Meredith by forfeit (Penn State leads 6-0)
133: No.4 Roman Bravo-Young tech. fall (23-8) Boo Dryden (Penn State leads 11-0)
141: No.2 Nick Lee fall (1:57) No.5 Mitch McKee (Penn State leads 17-0)
149: No.6 Brayton Lee SV1 (7-5) Jarod Verkleeren (Penn State leads 17-3)
157: No.22 Ryan Thomas dec. (5-4) Luke Gardner (Penn State leads 17-6)
165: No.1 Vincenzo Joseph major dec. (14-5) Bailee O’Reilly (Penn State leads 21-6)
174: No.2 Mark Hall dec. (7-5) No.8 Devin Skatzka (Penn State leads 24-6)
184: No.8 Aaron Brooks major dec. (13-3) No.18 Owen Webster (Penn State leads 28-6)
197: No.16 Shakur Rasheed dec. (6-5) Garrett Joles (Penn State leads 31-6)
285: No.1 Gable Steveson major dec. (13-5) No.16 Seth Nevills (Penn State wins 31-10)