Minnesota 33, North Dakota State 7

MINNEAPOLIS – No. 12 Minnesota (5-0) won eight of the 10 matches, including four by bonus points, in a 33-7 victory over North Dakota State (0-4) Sunday in front of a season-high 2,411 fans at Maturi Pavilion.

Minnesota is 5-0 in the dual season for the second year in a row. Prior to that, it had not happened since the Gophers opened the 2014-15 campaign with 10 straight dual wins.

Sunday’s win marked the 19th straight win for the Golden Gophers over the Bison and improved their record in the series to 21-2 all-time.

The Gophers secured a quick 6-0 lead at 125 pounds as North Dakota State forfeited the match, giving the win to sixth-year senior Patrick McKee.

The next win proved to be harder to come by as redshirt sophomore Jager Eisch needed overtime to defeat Frenando Barreto at 133 pounds. Eisch led 4-0 going into the final period, but Barreto used a pair of takedowns to lead 6-5. Eisch escaped with 35 seconds remaining to even things up and force the extra session. In sudden-death overtime, the Kaukauna, Wis., native secured the win with a takedown at the 1:12 mark, giving Minnesota a 9-0 lead.

No. 29 Gavin Drexler defeated redshirt junior Ben Lunn, who was making his collegiate dual debut at 141 pounds, 4-2, but Minnesota responded with wins in the next three matches.

The battle at 149 pounds also needed overtime to settle it. Fortunately, like at 133 pounds, the final result went Minnesota’s way once again. No. 21 Drew Roberts had the only point through the first two periods, while Max Petersen scored one of his own in the third period to tie it up. In overtime, Petersen was cited for his second stalling call of the match, giving Roberts the 2-1 victory.

Things went a little easier for the Golden Gophers at 157 pounds as No. 11 Michael Blockhus recorded a 17-2 tech fall over Landen Johnson. Leading 7-0 through two periods, Blockhus poured it on in the final two minutes with three takedowns plus riding time to improve to 7-1 on the season with his second tech fall of the year.

Redshirt sophomore Blaine Brenner kept up the winning ways for Minnesota with a 9-0 major decision at 165 pounds over Brendan Howes. Brenner, who defeated Howes to win the title at the season-opening Bison Open, led 4-0 after the first period and extended the lead with another escape and takedown in the second period to lead 8-0. He rode out Howes for the entire final period to push Minnesota’s lead to 21-3.

The Bison won their final match at 174 pounds as Gaven Sax upset No. 15 Andrew Sparks by major decision, 8-0, but the Gophers clinched the dual win in the next bout at 184 pounds.

Making his collegiate dual debut, redshirt freshman Devin Wasley used a comeback victory to take down Adam Cherne, 9-5. Trailing 5-4 after two periods, Wasley took down Cherne with 40 seconds to go and used riding time to card a 9-5 decision, giving Minnesota a 24-7 lead.

With the dual now in hand, No. 16 Garrett Joles provided the exclamation point with his pin of Spencer Mooberry at 197 pounds. The pin came at the 5:56 mark and was the second of Joles’ season and the sixth of his career.

Capping off the dual, redshirt sophomore Bennett Tabor defeated Devon Dawson, 6-3, at heavyweight. After a scoreless first period, Tabor escaped after starting down. Dawson notched the first takedown, only to see Tabor escape and counter with his own takedown. With riding time, Tabor prevailed by the final margin.

North Dakota State will remain on the road and close out the 2023 calendar year at the Fighting Camel Duals on December 19 in Buies Creek, North Carolina. The Bison will take on host Campbell (12 p.m.), Purdue (2 p.m.) and Stanford (4 p.m.) in a quadrangular at Gore Arena.

Minnesota is off now for finals and will return to action Dec. 29-30 at the Soldier Salute in Coralville, Iowa.

Dec. 10, 2023 | Minneapolis | Maturi Pavilion | Attendance: 2,411

#12 Minnesota 33, North Dakota State 7
125: #19 Patrick McKee win via forfeit | MINN 6, NDSU 0
133:Jager Eisch dec. Fernando Barreto (NDSU), 9-6 SV1 | MINN 9, NDSU 0
141: #29 Gavin Drexler (NDSU) dec. Ben Lunn, 4-2 | MINN 9, NDSU 3
149: #21 Drew Roberts dec. Max Petersen (NDSU), 2-1 SV1 | MINN 12, NDSU 3
157: #11 Michael Blockhus TF Landen Johnson (NDSU), 17-2 | MINN 17, NDSU 3
165: Blaine Brenner MD Brendan Howes (NDSU), 9-0 | MINN 21, NDSU 3
174: Gaven Sax (NDSU) MD #15 Andrew Sparks, 8-0 | MINN 21, NDSU 7
184: Devin Wasley dec. Spencer Mooberry (NDSU), 9-5 | MINN 24, NDSU 7
197: #16 Garrett Joles fall Spencer Mooberry (NDSU), 5:55 | MINN 30, NDSU 7
285: Bennett Tabor dec. Devon Dawson (NDSU), 6-3 | MINN 33, NDSU 7

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