Gophers-Badgers to Meet in Friday Morning Matchup

The No. 10 Golden Gophers (5-2) will hit the road for the final time during the regular season with a trip to Madison. Minnesota will meet No. 20 Wisconsin (1-4) on Friday at 10 a.m. The match will stream live via BTN+. The extra matches will be held after the dual.

The Series with Wisconsin
The Golden Gophers are 64-35-1 all-time against Wisconsin, including a narrow 17-15 advantage in Madison. Minnesota has won the last eight meetings, including three straight on the road. The Gophers have not lost in Madison since a 19-15 defeat on Feb. 13, 2009. Wisconsin’s last win in the series was a 19-17 victory at the 2011 National Duals (1/9/2011).

First Meeting: W, 29-19 (1922)
Last Meeting: W, 20-14 (1/10/2020)
Longest Win Streak: 9 (1930-1941)
Longest Losing Streak: 7 (1/26/74-1/12/80)
Current Streak: W8

Last Meeting
Minnesota won six of 10 matches in a 20-14 victory at Maturi Pavilion on Jan. 10, 2020. Gable Steveson, Owen Webster and Brayton Lee knocked off ranked opponents, while Patrick McKee added a major decision at 125 pounds.

Potential Matchups
The Minnesota-Wisconsin dual could feature as many as four ranked matchups, including a compelling showdown at 184 pounds.

Senior Owen Webster has gone from unranked to No. 11 in the span of two weeks after three straight upsets of ranked opponents. The latest was a 3-2 decision against No. 7 Zac Braunagel of Illinois. Webster and No. 6 Chris Weiler of the Badgers met on Dec. 29, 2019 at the South Beach Duals. Competing for Lehigh at the time, Weiler earned a 9-3 decision.

At heavyweight, top-ranked Gable Steveson and No. 8 Trent Hillger will meet for the fifth time during their collegiate careers. Steveson had an 11-2 major in the 2019 dual, followed by a 10-4 decision in the B1G Championships. Last year, Steveson prevailed again in the dual by a score of 10-5. This past September, Steveson won by technical fall at the Beat the Streets NYC event in New York City.

At 125 pounds, No. 8 Patrick McKee could meet No. 20 Eric Barnett in a rematch of last year’s dual meeting. McKee won by a 9-0 major decision.

At 184 pounds, No. 15 Jake Allar could face No. 19 Jared Krattiger. In his first season as a starter, the junior is 4-3 with a major decision against No. 15 Drew Hughes of Michigan State. Krattiger started in last year’s dual for the Badgers, but fell by major decision against Devin Skatzka.

Did You Know?
Wisconsin has scored 20 or more points in duals against Minnesota just once since 1996, a span of 24 matches. The Gophers have reached that mark 17 times during that span. The visiting Badgers defeated Minnesota, 20-17, on Feb. 17, 2008.

Class Breakdown
Minnesota has used the same dual lineup in six of its seven matches this season. The lone substitution was true freshman Isaiah Salazar’s start against Iowa in place of Owen Webster at 184 pounds.

Freshmen (2): Sparks, Salazar
RS Freshmen (1): Polanco
Sophomores (4): Blockhus, Joles, Lee, McKee
Juniors (2): Allar, Steveson
Seniors (2): Dryden, Webster

Extra Effort
Because of limits on schedules this season, the Big Ten is allowing schools to hold extra matches on competition dates for the purpose of seeding for the conference and national tournament. Thus far, Gopher wrestlers not competing in the duals have compiled a stellar 36-9 record. Sophomore Jake Gliva (133) and junior Jake Bergeland (149) are both 6-1, while redshirt freshman Cael Carlson (157) is 5-0.

Up Next
Minnesota will wrap up the regular season at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 21 when Northwestern comes to town. The dual will start at Noon and stream via BTN+. Extra matches will be held immediately after.

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