Iowa 22 Minnesota 9

Golden Gophers Handed First Dual Loss at No. 3 Iowa

MINNEAPOLIS – No. 10 Minnesota (5-1, 0-1 B1G) took its first dual loss of the season Monday night at No. 3 Iowa (7-0, 2-0) in a 22-9 setback in its Big Ten opener.

The Golden Gophers won three of the 10 matches in the most-played rivalry in team history, which now stands at 108 all-time meetings. Monday night featured six ranked matchups, including four top-20 contests, and the Hawkeyes prevailed in five of them. Only one match on the night was decided by bonus points.

After an 8-5 loss for No. 18 Patrick McKee to No. 5 Drake Ayala at 125 pounds to start the evening, Minnesota got on the board and evened the match at 3-3 when No. 29 Tyler Wells topped Kale Petersen at 133 pounds, 6-3. Wells got a first-period takedown and led 3-2 going to the third. He got another takedown in the third to improve to 8-2 on the season and 2-1 in duals.

No. 19 Vance VomBaur battled No. 1 Real Woods at 141 pounds, but he fell 5-2. The match tied for Woods’ closest victory of the season to date and his five points were the second fewest he scored in a match this year.

The lead grew to 9-3 for the Hawkeyes after No. 12 Caleb Rathjen defeated No. 13 Drew Roberts, 7-3, at 149 pounds.

The biggest win for Minnesota came at 157 pounds as No. 11 Michael Blockhus upset No. 2 Jared Franek in a 5-4 decision that was Franek’s first loss of the season, snapping a 15-match win streak. Franek led 4-1 through two periods and was up 4-2 with 20 seconds to go when Blockhus took him down and held on for the win. Blockhus is now 8-1 on the year and 5-1 in duals.

Iowa took the next two matches as No. 7 Michael Caliendo defeated No. 30 Blaine Brenner, 5-1, at 165 pounds, while Patrick Kennedy recorded a 13-2 major decision over Sam Skillings at 174.

Trailing 16-6, Minnesota picked up its final victory of the night at 184 as No. 10 Isaiah Salazar stayed undefeated in dual action at 5-0 and won his sixth match in a row with a 7-0 shutout of Aiden Riggins. Salazar recorded takedowns in the first and third periods and got his other point with a second-period escape.

The evening concluded with No. 24 Garrett Joles falling to No. 16 Zach Glazier, 4-2, at 197 pounds, to clinch the dual for Iowa, while No. 29 Bennett Tabor dropped a 5-3 decision to Ben Kueter at heavyweight.

Minnesota is back home Friday night when No. 6 Nebraska visits Maturi Pavilion. Match time is set for 9 p.m. on Big Ten Network.

Jan. 15, 2023 | Iowa City, Iowa | Carver-Hawkeye Arena | Attendance: 14,847

#3 Iowa 22, #10 Minnesota 9
125 #5 Drake Ayala (Iowa) dec. #18 Patrick McKee, 8-5 | MINN 0, Iowa 3
133 #29 Tyler Wells dec. Kale Petersen (Iowa), 6-3 | MINN 3, Iowa 3
141 #1 Real Woods (Iowa) dec. #19 Vance VomBaur, 5-2 | MINN 3, Iowa 6
149 #12 Caleb Rathjen (Iowa) dec. #13 Drew Roberts, 7-3 | MINN 3, Iowa 9
157 #11 Michael Blockhus dec. #2 Jared Franek (Iowa), 5-4 | MINN 6, Iowa 9
165 #7 Michael Caliendo (Iowa) dec. #30 Blaine Brenner, 5-1 | MINN 6, Iowa 12
174 Patrick Kennedy (Iowa) MD Sam Skillings, 13-2 | MINN 6, Iowa 16
184 #10 Isaiah Salazar dec. Aiden Riggins (Iowa), 7-0 | MINN 9, Iowa 16
197 #16 Zach Glazier (Iowa) dec. #24 Garrett Joles, 4-2 | MINN 9, Iowa 19
285 Ben Kueter (Iowa) dec. #29 Bennett Tabor, 5-3 | MINN 9, Iowa 22

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