Gophers Wrap Solid First Day at Big Ten Tournament

Gophers have eight still alive as Steveson eyes third conference title

LINCOLN, Neb. – The University of Minnesota wrestling program has wrapped day one of the Big Ten Championships in Pinnacle Bank Arena where eight wrestlers remain alive in the tournament, including six Gophers who have already punched their ticket to the NCAA Championships in Detroit.

As a team, Minnesota currently sits in eighth place with 55.5 tournament points.

Heavyweight Gable Steveson headlines the remaining grapplers in the Maroon & Gold, as he is the lone Gopher to advance to the finals after today’s competition. Steveson opened up his tournament with a dominant 20-5 technical fall over Ohio State’s Tate Orndorff. Gable then continued his dominance with a 14-6 win over Michigan’s Mason Parris.

Jake Bergeland was Minnesota’s other semifinalist, as he earned his berth by defeating both Matt Santos (Michigan State) and Cayden Rooks (Indiana) by decisions before ultimately falling to the top-ranked Nick Lee (Penn State) by technical fall to fall to the consolation semifinals.

Both Patrick McKee and Michael Blockhus recovered from first-round losses to battle back into tomorrow’s consolation semifinals. McKee defeated Drew Hildebrandt (Penn State) and Drake Ayala (Iowa) on the backside en route to the consolation semifinals, while Blockhus took down Graham Rooks (Indiana) and Kanen Storr (Michigan) to secure his own top-6 finish.

Jake Gliva, Cael Carlson, and Isaiah Salazar will wrestle in the seventh-place match tomorrow afternoon, with both Salazar and Gliva earning upset wins on day one. Isaiah Salazar knocked off ninth-ranked John Poznanski of Rutgers in the opening round, then defeated No. 16 Donnell Washington of Indiana on the backside. Gliva punched his ticket to Detroit by defeating No. 11 Brock Hudkins of Indiana in the second round of consolations.

Michial Foy currently sits in the ninth-place bracket semifinals after a 2-2 day, and looks to win one of his next two in order to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Sebas Swiggum was eliminated from the tournament after an 0-2 day, while Bailee O’Reilly injury defaulted out of the tournament after sustaining an injury in the quarterfinals.

Action resumes tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. CT, as the wrestlebacks will continue up to the placement matches before the final session gets underway at 3:30 p.m. CT. All action will be broadcasted on Big Ten Network or BTN+

125: Patrick McKee
First Round: No. 9 Dylan Shawver (RUT) dec. No. 8 Patrick McKee (MINN), 7-4
Consolations: No. 8 Patrick McKee (MINN) receives a bye
Consolations: No. 8 Patrick McKee (MINN) dec. No. 2 Drew Hildebrandt (PSU), 6-3
Consolations: No. 8 Patrick McKee (MINN) dec. No. 6 Drake Ayala (IOWA), 5-2

133: Jake Gliva
First Round: No. 5 Dylan Ragusin (MICH) dec. No. 12 Jake Gliva (MINN), 5-1
Consolations: No. 12 Jake Gliva (MINN) dec. No. 13 King Sandoval (MD), 8-6 SV1
Consolations: No. 12 Jake Gliva (MINN) dec. No. 6 Brock Hudkins (IND), 3-1 SV1
Consolations: No. 7 Chris Cannon (NW) maj. dec. No. 12 Jake Gliva (MINN), 9-0

141: Jake Bergeland
First Round: No. 5 Jake Bergeland (MINN) dec. No. 12 Matt Santos (MSU), 3-2
Quarterfinals: No. 5 Jake Bergeland (MINN) dec. No. 13 Cayden Rooks (IND), 8-3
Semifinals: No. 1 Nick Lee (PSU) tech. fall No. 5 Jake Bergeland (MINN), 16-1

149: Michael Blockhus
First Round: No. 7 Beau Bartlett (PSU) dec. No. 10 Michael Blockhus (MINN), 3-2
Consolations: No. 10 Michael Blockhus (MINN) receives a bye
Consolations: No. 10 Michael Blockhus (MINN) dec. No. 9 Graham Rooks (IND), 3-2
Consolations: No. 10 Michael Blockhus (MINN) dec. No. 11 Kanen Storr (MICH), 7-5

157: Sebas Swiggum
First Round: No. 3 Will Lewan (MICH) dec. No. 14 Sebas Swiggum (MINN), 6-2
Consolations: No. 11 Derek Gilcher (IND) dec. No. 14 Sebas Swiggum (MINN), 8-3

165: Cael Carlson
First Round: No. 9 Bubba Wilson (NEB) dec. No. 8 Cael Carlson (MINN), 5-1
Consolations: No. 8 Cael Carlson (MINN) receives a bye
Consolations: No. 8 Cael Carlson (MINN) dec. No. 10 Creighton Edsell (PSU), 3-2
Consolations: No. 11 David Ferrante (NW) maj. dec. No. 8 Cael Carlson (MINN), 12-2

174: Bailee O’Reilly
First Round: No. 6 Bailee O’Reilly (MINN) maj. dec. No. 11 Andrew McNally (WIS), 14-1
Quarterfinals: No. 3 Mikey Labriola (NEB) inj. def. No. 6 Bailee O’Reilly (MINN), 3:27
Consolations: No. 13 Connor O’Neill (RUT) MFF No. 6 Bailee O’Reilly (MINN)

184: Isaiah Salazar
First Round: No. 10 Isaiah Salazar (MINN) dec. No. 7 John Poznanski (RUT), 8-3
Quarterfinals: No. 2 Myles Amine (MICH) dec. No. 10 Isaiah Salazar (MINN), 9-3
Consolations: No. 10 Isaiah Salazar (MINN) dec. No. 9 Donnell Washington (IND), 8-6
Consolations: No. 12 Zac Braunagel (ILL) dec. No. 10 Isaiah Salazar (MINN), 9-6

197: Michial Foy
First Round: No. 5 Patrick Brucki (MICH) dec. No. 12 Michial Foy (MINN), 8-3
Consolations: No. 12 Michial Foy (MINN) dec. No. 13 Nick Willham (IND), 3-2 TB1
Consolations: No. 6 Thomas Penola (PUR) dec. No. 12 Michial Foy (MINN), 3-2
Consolations: No. 12 Michial Foy (MINN) dec. No. 13 Nick Willham (IND), 6-4 SV1

HWT: Gable Steveson
Quarterfinals: No. 1 Gable Steveson (MINN) tech. Fall No. 8 Tate Orndorff (OSU), 20-5
Semifinals: No. 1 Gable Steveson (MINN) maj. dec. No. 4 Mason Parris (MICH), 14-6

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