Minnesota 39 Northwestern 0

Golden Gophers Shut Out Northwestern, 39-0

MINNEAPOLIS – No. 10 Minnesota (8-2, 3-2 Big Ten) won its third straight conference match by shutting out Northwestern (0-6, 0-5) Sunday afternoon, 39-0, in front of a season-high crowd of 3,036.

The win was the second shutout of the season for Minnesota and its first over a conference opponent since a 48-0 win against Maryland in 2021. It’s just the second time in the last 22 years that Minnesota has posted two shutouts in the same season. The last time it happened came in 2018-19, and prior to that, it had not occurred since 2001-02.

Three of Minnesota’s 10 wins Saturday came by tech fall, and it added another via forfeit. The victory extended the Gophers’ home win streak over Northwestern to 14, its longest active home win streak versus one program. Overall, the Gophers have won four of the last five in the series and 18 of the last 20 dating to the 1996-97 season.

No. 14 Patrick McKee opened the dual with an 18-12 decision over Massey Odiotti to improve to 3-2 in league action this year. McKee scored five takedowns in the win.

Freshman Tyler Wells picked up the first of three straight Gopher tech falls with a 21-5 (6:11) win over Patrick Adams at 133. It was the third tech fall victory of the season for Wells, ranked 20th in the country, and it was the most points he had scored in a match this season. Wells had at least two takedowns in every period and finished with seven overall.

No. 21 Vance VomBaur continued the offensive onslaught at 141 pounds in an 18-2 tech fall (4:16) against Kolby McClain. A takedown and four nearfall points pushed VomBaur out to a 7-0 lead through the first period and three more takedowns in the second period earned him his fourth tech fall win of the season. The 18 points matched a season high.

Drew Roberts, the No. 13 wrestler at 149 pounds, concluded the tech fall streak with a 17-2 (5:26) victory over Aiden Vandenbush. Up 5-0 after the first period, Roberts used two more takedowns and nearfall points to push the lead to 14-1 after two. It was Roberts’ fifth tech fall of the season.

The first of two ranked matchups came at 157 pounds as No. 5 Michael Blockhus met No. 18 Trevor Chumbley. Blockhus needed less than 10 seconds to get his first takedown and he added another before the period was out to lead 6-2. Blockhus then rode out Chumbley for the entire second period on his way to an 8-5 decision. It was the seventh straight victory for Blockhus who is undefeated in Big Ten action and against ranked opponents with a 5-0 record in both.

After a Northwestern forfeit at 165 pounds gave a win to No. 28 Blaine Brenner, senior Andrew Sparks extended Minnesota’s lead to 30-0 after a 7-1 decision at 174 pounds. Facing Joseph Martin, Sparks scored a first-period takedown and added a reversal in the second on his way to victory.

The second and final ranked matchup came at 184 pounds as No. 6 Isaiah Salazar took care of No. 33 Troy Fisher, 8-3. Recording his ninth straight win, Salazar led 4-1 through two periods and used a takedown in the third to clinch the win. He’s now 8-0 in dual matches this year, including 4-0 in the conference.

At 197 pounds, No. 21 Garrett Joles posted a 9-4 decision over Evan Bates. Trailing 3-1 in the first period, Joles blocked a shot from Bates and turned it into a double leg takedown of his own to lead 4-3 after one period. Joles had the riding time clinched through two periods and then put it away with a third-period takedown.

No. 29 Bennett Tabor completed the shutout with an 8-3 win against Jack Jessen at heavyweight. Like in the prior two matches, Tabor put it away with a third-period takedown. He was up 3-1 through one period and 4-1 through two.

Minnesota embarks on its final road trip of the regular season next weekend. Friday, the team goes to Illinois for a 7 p.m. dual, while Sunday, the Gophers visit Purdue for a dual starting at 11 a.m. CT. Both matches will be streamed on B1G+.

Feb. 4, 2024 | Minneapolis | Maturi Pavilion | Attendance: 3,036

#10 Minnesota 39 Northwestern 0
125: #14 Patrick McKee (Minnesota) dec. Massey Odiotti (Northwestern) 18-12
133: #20 Tyler Wells (Minnesota) tech fall Patrick Adams (Northwestern) 21-5, 6:11
141: #21 Vance VomBaur (Minnesota) tech fall Kolby McClain (Northwestern) 18-2, 4:16
149: #13 Drew Roberts (Minnesota) tech fall Aiden Vandenbush (Northwestern) 17-2, 5:26
157: #5 Michael Blockhus (Minnesota) dec. #18 Trevor Chumbley (Northwestern) 8-5
165: #28 Blaine Brenner (Minnesota) wins by forfeit (Northwestern)
174: Andrew Sparks (Minnesota) dec. Joseph Martin (Northwestern) 7-1
184: #6 Isaiah Salazar (Minnesota) dec. #33 Troy Fisher (Northwestern) 8-3
197: #21 Garrett Joles (Minnesota) dec. Evan Bates (Northwestern) 9-4
285: #29 Bennett Tabor (Minnesota) dec. Jack Jessen (Northwestern) 8-3

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