Gophers Set to Host Binghamton for Regular Season Opener

MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 11 Golden Gophers (0-0) are set for a busy day of wrestling this Sunday, headlined by their regular-season opener as they play host to the Binghamton Bearcats (0-1) at 1:00 p.m. inside Maturi Pavilion.

The dual will act as Community Day for the Apple Valley and Arden Hills communities, where fans from each community can purchase tickets for $5.

The Gophers will also host a Pre-Match Youth Clinic, as registration to that event will include a technique session before the dual as well as a ticket to the event.

The remaining Gophers will head to Brookings, S.D. to compete in the Daktronics Open beginning at 9:00 a.m., as teams such as South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Nebraska, and Iowa State are slated to compete in the day-long tournament.

Sunday’s home dual will be streamed on B1G+, while fans who want to tune into the Daktronics Open can purchase a one-day pass to Jackrabbits All-Access here.

Fans can also follow along on Twitter at @GopherWrestling for live match-by-match updates of the Binghamton dual, as well as round-by-round updates of the Daktronics Open. A complete recap of all the action will be provided on GopherSports.com at the conclusion of both events.

Tale of the Tape – The Bearcats
Binghamton comes into the contest with three wrestlers in the InterMat polls, led by four-time national qualifier and 2021 NCAA All-American Lou Deprez. The Bearcats are led by head coach Kyle Borschoff, who holds a 35-32 career record in his sixth season at the helm.

Binghamton kicked off their 2022-23 slate last weekend, dropping their home opener to Northern Colorado by a score of 22-16. They also hosted their annual Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open, ending the day with one finalist and four placewinners.

The Series with Binghamton
This Sunday’s matchup will be just the second time in program history where the “U” has squared off against Binghamton. The last meeting between the two programs dates back to December 30, 2017, where Minnesota put on a 45-6 rout of the Bearcats, winning nine of ten matches with eight bonus-point victories.

Potential Matchups
Sunday’s dual could feature up to 11 ranked wrestlers in the InterMat polls, eight of which donning the Maroon & Gold, with the potential of three ranked matchups in the contest.

The Gophers could have as many as five weights with wrestlers making their first career starts, as Troy Spratley, Quincy Hulverson, Aaron Nagao, Vance VomBaur, Sebas Swiggum, and Keaton Kluever have all yet to appear in the starting lineup for Minnesota.

At 125 pounds, either Troy Spratley or Quincy Hulverson will make their career dual debut against 2021 NCAA qualifier Micah Roes.

Aaron Nagao is set to appear in the lineup for the first time in his career following a dominant showing at the Bison Open, as he will square off against Anthony Sobotker. Sobotker faced off against fellow Gopher teammate Jake Gliva last season at the Cliff Keen Invitational, where Gliva took a 4-3 decision.

The first ranked matchup of the afternoon would come at 174 pounds, as No. 21 Bailee O’Reilly could face off against No. 33 Brevin Cassella.

At 184 pounds, No. 10 Isaiah Salazar is set for a top-25 matchup against No. 22 Jacob Nolan.

The feature matchup of the night would take place at 197 pounds, as No. 28 Garrett Joles is set to toe the line against former NCAA All-American and seventh-ranked Lou DePrez. Joles is coming off a Bison Open title last weekend, where he rolled to a 7-0 decision over then 27th-ranked Owen Pentz (North Dakota State).

Daktronics Open Preview
For those not competing in Sunday’s dual, the Gophers will also be sending 13 wrestlers to the Daktronics Open, where the Gophers will look for their first champion since 2019. The last time the Maroon & Gold competed in the event was last season where the Gophers came away with seven placewinners, including Marcos Polanco and Vance VomBaur, who both reached the finals.

Up Next
Following this weekend’s action, Minnesota will head back to Brookings, S.D. to compete in a dual against South Dakota State on Sunday, November 27. The dual is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start time and will be broadcasted live on FloWrestling.

Minnesota Probable Starters
125: Troy Spratley (2-0) -OR- Quincy Hulverson (0-2)
133: #21 Aaron Nagao (3-0)
141: #3 Jake Bergeland (2-0) -OR- Vance VomBaur (2-1)
149: #18 Michael Blockhus (4-0)
157: #2 Brayton Lee (0-0) -OR- Sebas Swiggum (2-0)
165: #27 Andrew Sparks (2-1)
174: #21 Bailee O’Reilly (0-0) -OR- Jared Krattiger (3-0)
184: #10 Isaiah Salazar (3-0)
197: #28 Garrett Joles (3-0)
HWT: Keaton Kluever (2-2)

Binghamton Probable Starters
125: Micah Roes (0-1)
133: Anthony Sobotker (0-1)
141: Nate Lucier (1-3)
149: Michael Zarif (4-2)
157: Connor Decker (3-3)
165: Dimitri Gamkrelidze (0-1) -OR- Will Ebert (4-2)
174: #33 Brevin Cassella (0-1) -OR- Sam DePrez (3-1)
184: #22 Jacob Nolan (1-0)
197: #7 Lou Deprez (1-0)
HWT: Cory Day (2-1)

Minnesota Daktronics Open Lineup
133: Jake Gliva (3-1)
133: Jager Eisch (2-2)
141: Theo Cha (1-2)
149: Drew Roberts (0-0)
149: Marcos Polanco (4-2)
149: Blaine Brenner (2-3)
149: Ben Lunn (1-2)
157: Tim Stapleton (2-1)
174: Devin Wasley (1-2)
184: Michial Foy (2-1)
184: Sam Skillings (3-1)
197: Gabe Nagel (4-1)
197: Rowan Morgan (2-2)

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