Gophers Fall to No. 8 Ohio State in Senior Day Finale
MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota wrestling program fell in their regular-season finale against the No. 8 Buckeyes, as they honored their three graduating seniors as a part of Senior Day.
The Buckeyes got off to a hot start by winning six of the first seven bouts as the Gophers fell to an insurmountable deficit after 174 pounds. Minnesota did finish the dual strong, however, winning the final three bouts in the contest.
After Minnesota dropped the next five bouts, #20 Isaiah Salazar was the next competitor to put the Gophers on the board, after he defeated Rocky Jordan by 10-8 decision.
Michial Foy answered that match up with a big-time with at 197 pounds, knocking #21 Gavin Hoffman by a 5-2 score, earning a takedown in the final seconds to secure the upset win.
That led to one final match at heavyweight as Gable Steveson took center mat for the final time inside Maturi Pavilion. In dominating fashion once more, Steveson earned an 18-3 technical over #13 Tate Orndorff, rounding out his final sendoff in style by taking a bow in front of the Gopher faithful before doing one last signature backflip for the fans.
With the win, Gable rounds out his career with a perfect 48-0 dual record, including a 20-0 record inside Maturi Pavilion. Of those twenty home wins, 17 of them came by bonus points.
With the loss, the Gophers will close the season with a 4-6 record on the season, as they will now turn their attention to the Big Ten Championships, which will take place from March 4-5 in Lincoln, Neb., at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
#8 Ohio State 24 #14 Minnesota 14
125: #11 Malik Heinselman (OHST) dec. #9 Patrick McKee (MINN), 10-6
133: #29 Jake Gliva (MINN) dec. Brady Koontz (OHST), 4-1
141: #20 Dylan D’Emilio (OHST) pinned #15 Jake Bergeland (MINN), 5:24
149: #2 Sammy Sasso (OHST) dec. #30 Michael Blockhus (MINN), 10-4
157: Isaac Wilcox (OHST) inj. def. #4 Brayton Lee (MINN), 0:17
165: #4 Carson Kharchla (OHST) dec. Cael Carlson (MINN), 10-8
174: #7 Ethan Smith (OHST) dec. #18 Bailee O’Reilly (MINN), 11-8
184: #20 Isaiah Salazar (MINN) dec. Rocky Jordan (OHST), 10-8
197: Michial Foy (MINN) dec. #21 Gavin Hoffman (OHST), 5-2
HWT: #1 Gable Steveson (MINN) tech. Fall #13 Tate Orndorff (OHST), 19-4