Gophers Host Northwestern in Regular Season Finale Sunday

The No. 12 Golden Gophers (6-2) will take their four-match win streak into their regular-season finale against Northwestern on Sunday at Maturi Pavilion. The match will start at Noon and stream live via BTN+. The extra matches will be held after the dual.

#12 Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-2)
125: #11 Patrick McKee (Soph.)
133: Boo Dryden (Sr.)
141: Marcos Polanco (R-Fr.)
149: Michael Blockhus (Soph.) -OR- Jake Bergeland (Jr.)
157: #6 Brayton Lee (Soph.)
165: #17 Andrew Sparks (Fr.)
174: #16 Jake Allar (Jr.) -OR- Bailee O’Reilly (Jr.)
184: #10 Owen Webster (5-Sr.) -OR- Isaiah Salazar (Fr.)
197: Garrett Joles (Soph.)
HWT: #1 Gable Steveson (Jr.)

#11 Northwestern Wildcats (2-5)
125: #4 Michael DeAugustino (Soph.) -OR- Matt Vinci (Jr.)
133: Dylan Utterback (Sr.) -OR- Chris Cannon (Fr.)
141: Colin Valdiviez (Jr.) -OR- Frankie Tal-Shahar (Fr.)
149: #12 Yahya Thomas (Jr.)
157: #1 Ryan Deakin (Sr.)
165: David Ferrante (Fr.)
174: Troy Fisher (R-Fr.)
184: Jack Jessen (Soph.)
197: Jon Halvorsen (R-Fr.) -OR- #12 Lucas Davison (Soph.)
HWT: Jack Heyob (Soph.) -OR- Brendan Devine (Jr.)

The Series with Northwestern
The Golden Gophers are 34-10-1 all-time against Northwestern, including a 19-5 advantage in Minneapolis. Minnesota has won 15 of the last 16 meetings. The Wildcats snapped a 14-match series losing streak in their last trip to Minneapolis with a 20-18 win on Jan. 28, 2018.

First Meeting: W, 19-7 (1928-29)
Last Meeting: W, 29-12 (1/20/2019)
Longest Win Streak: 14 (12/6/96-2/5/16)
Longest Losing Streak: 3 (1/6/68-1/18/69)
Current Streak: W1

Last Meeting
Minnesota won seven of 10 matches in a 29-12 win in Evanston on Jan. 20, 2019. Dylan Anderson (197) and Gable Steveson (HWT) are the only starters returning in 2021. Both won by decision.

Senior Salute
With all student-athletes being awarded an extra year of eligibility, Sunday’s dual could be the final home appearance for Minnesota’s four seniors – Boo Dryden, Dylan Martinez, Dylan Anderson, and Owen Webster.

Ranked Matchups
No. 11 Patrick McKee could face No. 4 Michael DeAugustino at 125 pounds, which would be his eighth-ranked opponent in nine matches. He is 4-3 in those matches and 5-3 overall.

No. 6 Brayton Lee will face top-ranked Ryan Deakin at 157 pounds in a matchup of 2020 All-Americans. Lee placed fourth as a redshirt freshman, while Deakin was the Big Ten Champion a year ago. This will be the first meeting between the pair.

Potential Rematch
During his redshirt season at UNI, Michael Blockhus dropped an 8-1 decision against Yahya Thomas at the 2019 Midlands.

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