Iowa 19 Minnesota 12

Gophers Fall to No. 2 Iowa in Dual Finale

MINNEAPOLIS – A comeback bid in the second half fell just short on Sunday afternoon when the No. 5 Minnesota wrestling team fell to No. 2 Iowa 19-12, snapping the Gophers’ seven-dual unbeaten streak. Danny Zilverberg, Cody Yohn, Scott Glasser and Kevin Steinhaus picked up wins for the Gophers while the Hawkeyes earned the Big Ten Dual Meet Championship with an 8-0-0 conference record.

2011 Iowa at Minnesota

The Hawkeyes opened the day with three-straight wins by way of decision to build a 9-0 lead. No. 1 Matt McDonough bested No. 5 Zach Sanders 10-3 in the opening match at 125 lbs. before No. 7 Tony Ramos tallied a 7-3 decision over No. 20 David Thorn. Iowa also scored three points in the highly touted 141 lbs. match between No. 3 Montell Marion and No. 2 Mike Thorn. Thorn scored a late takedown to even the match at 3-3 but his Hawkeye counterpart escaped in the closing seconds to come away with the 4-3 win at 141 lbs.. Minnesota (15-4-1 overall, 6-1-1 Big Ten) would finally break onto the scoreboard in the 149 lbs. match when Danny Zilverberg outlasted Mark Ballweg, scoring a takedown in the overtime period to pick up a 5-3 decision and cut Iowa’s lead to 9-3. The Hawkeyes (14-0-1, 8-0-0) would close out the first half with a four-point major decision when No. 7 Derek St. John topped Matt Mincey 20-8 at 157 lbs. to take a 13-3 lead into intermission.

But Minnesota would come out reenergized in the second half and score three-straight wins to cut the lead to 12-13. No. 12 Cody Yohn held off No. 13 Aaron Janssen to pick up a 6-4 decision at 165 lbs, No. 15 Scott Glasser upset No. 11 Ethen Lofthouse with a 7-5 decision at 174 lbs. and No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus topped No. 11 Grant Gambrall at 184 lbs. with a 5-4 win via decision.

However, one point was as close as the Gophers would get as Iowa closed out the dual with a pair of decisions from No. 8 Luke Lofthouse at 197 lbs. and No. 15 Blake Rasing at heavyweight to pick up the 19-12 win and extend the Hawkeyes’ unbeaten streak to 77-straight duals.

The loss to Iowa, coupled with Penn State’s win over Wisconsin on Friday, places the Gophers in a tie for second in the Big Ten with the Nittany Lions. Minnesota is returns to action in two weeks at the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships on March 5-6 at Northwestern University. The two-day event is the national qualifier for the conference and begins with an 11 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central) session on Saturday, March 5. The Sunday session starts at 2 p.m. Eastern (1 p.m. Central) with the finals airing live on the Big Ten Network at 4 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Central).

No. 2 Iowa at No. 5 Minnesota
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Arena)

Iowa 19 Minnesota 12
125: No. 1 Matt McDonough (IOWA) dec. No. 5 Zach Sanders (MINN) 10-3
133: No. 7 Tony Ramos (IOWA) dec. No. 20 David Thorn (MINN) 7-3
141: No. 3 Montell Marion (IOWA) dec. No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) 4-3
149: Danny Zilverberg (MINN) SV. Mark Ballweg (IOWA) 5-3
157: No. 7 Derek St. John (IOWA) maj. Matt Mincey (MINN) 20-8
165: No. 12 Cody Yohn (MINN) dec. No. 13 Aaron Janssen (IOWA) 6-4
174: No. 15 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. No. 11 Ethen Lofthouse (IOWA) 7-5
184: No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. No. 11 Grant Gambrall (IOWA) 5-4
197: No. 8 Luke Lofthouse (IOWA) dec. No. 4 Sonny Yohn (MINN) 7-4
285: No. 15 Blake Rasing (IOWA) dec.  No. 8 Tony Nelson (MINN) 4-2

St. Cloud State 25 MSU-Mankato 9

No. 3 Huskies Roll Over No. 8 Mavericks

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – No. 3 St. Cloud State won seven of 10 matches in a 25-9 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win over Minnesota State University, Mankato Thursday night in Halenbeck Hall.

#2 St. Cloud State vs. #10 Minnesota State-Mankato match video –

The Huskies celebrated senior night by ending the regular season with a 19-2 overall record, while finishing 6-1 in the conference. MSU drops to 9-5 overall and 5-2 in the NSIC with the loss.

Senior’s Westy Hanson (Crookston), Chad Kubasch (New Germany), Erik Rogness (Buffalo), Gabe Suarez (Las Vegas, Nev.) and John Sundgren (Blaine) were all honored Thursday night.

No. 8 ranked Suarez won his 141-pound match 5-4 and No. 2 Sundgren won his 157-pound match 7-1 in their final matches at Halenbeck Hall.

The Mavericks earned a close 5-4 win in the 125-pound match, before the Huskies recorded victory in the next six matches to take a commanding 19-3 lead into the final three matches.

Junior and No. 2 ranked Tad Merritt (Canby) posted the only major decision of the day with a 15-4 win in the 165-pound match. Merritt is now an impressive 30-3 on the season.

Minnesota State then recorded their second and third one-point victories of the evening with a 2-1 and 3-2 win in the 185 and 197-pound matches to bring the score to 19-9 heading into the heavyweight match.

The final match of the evening did not take long as the No. 1 ranked heavyweight in the country Jake Kahnke (Shakopee) needed just 1:57 to pin his appoint and put an exclamation point on the match.

The Huskies will now have a short break in action before competing in the NCAA Central Regional Championships on Sunday, Feb. 27 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The championship kicks off at noon in Elmen Center on the Augustana College campus.

February 17, 2011 at St. Cloud, MN

St. Cloud State 25 MSU-Mankato 9
125: Andy Forstner (MSU) DEC Dylan Wright (SCS) 5-4
133: Eric  Ellington (SCS) DEC Paul Norgren (MSU) 3-2
141: Gabriel Suarez (SCS) DEC Robby Fisher (MSU) 5-4
149: Jacob D. Horn (SCS) DEC Jesse Westphal (MSU) 6-0
157: John Sundgren (SCS) DEC Tel Todd (MSU) 7-1
165: Tad Merritt (SCS) MD Brendan Eichmann (MSU) 15-4
174: Shamus O’Grady (SCS) DEC Ben Becker (MSU) 6-2
184: Aaron Norgren (MSU) DEC Michael Berg (SCS) 2-1
197: Pat Mahan (MSU) DEC Lucas Munkelwitz (SCS) 3-2
285: Jake  Kahnke (SCS) FALL Nathan Haynes (MSU) 1:57

Minnesota 18 Penn State 18

Gophers Tie No. 3 Penn State 18-18

February 13, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 5 Minnesota wrestling team remained unbeaten in the Big Ten after tying No. 3 Penn State 18-18 on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers recorded wins via decisions by Zach Sanders and Mike Thorn and also tallied key major decisions by Cody Yohn, Kevin Steinhaus and Sonny Yohn to overcome a 12-6 deficit at half time and keep the Gophers unbeaten in their last seven duals.

2011 Penn State at Minnesota

Penn State-Minnesota Post-Meet Interviews –

Sanders, a two-time All-American ranked fifth in the nation at 125 lbs., scrounged a 10-8 decision over No. 11 Brad Pataky in the dual opener before Penn State’s Andrew Long – ranked No. 7 – tallied a 14-4 major decision over David Thorn in the 133 lbs. match. The Nittany Lions’ first lead would be short lived however when No.2 Mike Thorn edged No. 7 Andrew Alton with a 4-1 decision – giving Minnesota a 6-4 advantage.  Penn State would reply with a pair of wins in the next two matches to take a 12-6 lead into the half. At 149 lbs, No. 5 Frank Molinaro snuck by Minnesota’s Danny Zilverberg to pick up a 6-5 decision before No. 3 David Taylor scored a 16-1 technical fall on Matt Mincey in the 157 lbs. match.

Minnesota would match Penn State’s success in the second half when the Gophers would outscore their conference opponent 12-6 thanks to three major decisions in the heavier weight classes. No. 11 Cody Yohn scored an 8-0 major decision over Jake Kemerer in the 165 lbs. match, and No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus followed a 12-5 decision in Penn State’s favor at 174 lbs. with another major decision for the Gophers – this time outscoring No. 13 Quentin Wright 10-1 to put the Gophers down by just one point at 14-15.

All-American and fourth-ranked Sonny Yohn then came up big for Minnesota in his return to the mat. Yohn, who had been out of action since late December, put the Gophers up 18-15 when the Alamosa, Colo. native scored a 10-2 major decision over Nick Ruggear at 197 lbs. At heavyweight, No. 6 Cameron Wade of Penn State would earn a 2-0 decision over No. 8 Tony Nelson to close out the dual and secure an 18-18 tie. The even slate extends the Gophers’ unbeaten streak against the Nittany Lions to ten-straight meetings while Penn State has never won a dual against the Gophers in Minneapolis.

Minnesota closes out the regular season next Sunday against No. 2 Iowa at Williams Arena. Tickets are still available for the 2 p.m. dual The Big Ten Network will broadcast the dual on same-day tape delay.

No. 3 Penn State at No. 5 Minnesota
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Minneapolis, Minn. (Sports Pavilion)

Minnesota 18 Penn State 18
125: #5 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. #11 Brad Pataky (PSU) 10-8
133: #9 Andrew Long (PSU) maj. David Thorn (MINN) 14-4
141: #2 Mike Thorn (MINN) dec. #7 Andrew Alton (PSU) 4-1
149: #5 Frank Molinaro (PSU) dec. Danny Zilverberg (MINN) 6-5
157: #3 David Taylor (PSU) tech. Matt Mincey (MINN) 16-1; 3:37
165: #11 Cody Yohn (MINN) maj. Jake Kemerer (PSU) 8-0
174: #2 Ed Ruth (PSU) dec. #13 Scott Glasser (MINN) 12-5
184: #8 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) maj. #13 Quentin Wright (PSU) 10-1
197: #4 Sonny Yohn (MINN) maj. Nick Ruggear (PSU) 10-2
285: #6 Cameron Wade (PSU) dec. #8 Tony Nelson (MINN) 2-0

Mustangs Travel to Mankato for First NSIC Road Dual

Back at Home on Friday

Assistant wrestling coach Jake Avre previews upcoming duals

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (5-3-1, 1-3 NSIC) will hit the road for its first road NSIC dual of the season. The Mustangs are set to take on No. 8 Minnesota State (8-4, 4-1 NSIC) on Thursday, Feb. 10 with action beginning at 7 p.m. at Bresnan Arena in Mankato. SMSU will return home on Friday for its final home dual of the season against Buena Vista (Iowa) (4-8, 2-7 IIAC) at 7 p.m. in the PE Gym.

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Four straight: CD Johnson (184 pounds) continues to roll picking up his 21st win of the season last Saturday against Kody Kalkbrenner of Minnesota State Moorhead. Johnson picked up a 10-2 major decision over Kalkbrenner, earning his fourth straight NSIC victory.

Three of the four wins came by major decisions. Johnson’s streak started with a 15-0 major decision over No. 5 Mic Berg (St. Cloud State). The senior then went on to win a 10-2 major decision over Mark Mueller (Upper Iowa), 6-4 decision over Tom Davies (Augustana) and a 10-2 major decision over Kalkbrenner (MSUM). The win over Kalkbrenner extended Johnson’s season record to 22-11. Johnson set a new career-high for wins (previously 19).

Rodas rules: Junior Brian Rodas (285 pounds) lost his first match of the season last Saturday, falling to Jon Swart (MSU Moorhead). Swart needed an extra session to defeat Rodas 2-1. Rodas was unbeaten in four previous matches. The junior has won three of his four bouts by fall this season.

The reign of Reinsma: Redshirt freshman Justin Reinsma (133 pounds) enters the weekend with a 21-10 record. After two consecutive losses, to ranked opponents, Reinsma snapped back to earn a 2-1 victory over Evan Forde (MSUM). Reinsma’s win pushed the Mustangs lead to 15-10 as SMSU went on to win the dual 18-16.

20-plus club: CD Johnson and Justin Reinsma were the first two Mustangs this season to reach the 20-win plateau. Johnson currently owns a record of 22-11 while Reinsma sits at 21-10.

Mavericks at a glance:
 The Mavericks are coming off two consecutive losses to the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country. Last Friday, Minnesota State hosted No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha and lost that dual 22-12 after owning an early 9-3 lead. Just a weekend earlier the Mavericks squared off with No. 2 Augustana College and lost that dual 21-10. Minnesota State has three wrestlers currently ranked in their respective weight classes. Andy Forstner is ranked fourth at 125 pounds. Aaron Norgren (184 pounds) and Ben Becker (174 pounds) are each ranked sixth in their weight class.

Results vs. the Mavericks:
 Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota State first met during the 1980-81 season. The Mavericks lead the all-time series 21-8, and have won the last 19 meetings between the two schools. Last season, SMSU led the Mavericks 15-11 at home before winning the dual’s final three bouts to top SMSU 22-15 in Marshall.

Beavers at a glance: Buena Vista hosted a double-header last weekend against Northwestern College (Iowa) and Morningside College. The Beavers started off the night with a 32-22 win over Northwestern before falling 40-9 to Morninside. Buena Vista had lost four straight duals before beating Northwestern last Thursday. Buena Vista has two wrestlers ranked in the Division III individual rankings. Austin Mogg is currently ranked second at 125 pounds and Brian Broll ranks sixth in the 197-pound weight class.

Results vs. the Beavers:
 SMSU and Buena Vista have competed in duals since the 1969-70 season. Buena Vista currently owns the lead in the all-time series (20-6-1). The Mustangs won the last meeting between the two schools on Jan. 30, 2010. SMSU defeated the Beavers 41-3 in Storm Lake, Iowa, winning nine out of 10 bouts.

Mustang lineup:

Wt. Wrestler
125 Travis Borchert (9-11)
133 Justin Reinsma (21-10)
141 Ethan Hildebrandt (16-8)
149 Demond Carter (3-5)
157 Casey Field (8-14)
165 William Fate (6-4) or Logan McAlpin (1-11)
174 Zach Coates (9-6)
184 CD Johnson (22-11)
197 Martin Hagen (10-10)
285 Brian Rodas (5-1)

Mavericks lineup:

Wt. Wrestler
125 No. 4 Andy Forstner (16-11)
133 David Demo (8-13)
141 Robby Fisher (11-14)
149 Jesse Westphal (13-14)
157 Tel Todd (19-11)
165 Brendan Eichmann (18-15)
174 No. 6 Ben Becker (12-5)
184 No. 6 Aaron Norgren (20-8)
197 Pat Mahan (6-6)
285 Nate Haynes (10-18)

Beavers lineup:

Wt. Wrestler
125 No. 2 Austin Mogg (18-6)
133 Mike Berardesco (10-14)
141 Tim Vore (1-17)
149 Zach Ryan (8-14)
157 Codey Schultz (4-8)
165 Dez Broeg (6-17)
174 Casey Paprocki (8-18)
184 Joe Klinkel (7-18)
197 No. 6 Brian Broll (23-3)
285 Jacob Nelson (5-13)

Last time out: The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team won its first NSIC dual of the season last Saturday by defeating No. 20 Minnesota State University Moorhead 18-16. The win marks SMSU’s first win over MSU Moorhead since the 2000-01 season.

The Mustangs and the Dragons each earned five individual wins but SMSU’s major decisions from Zach Coates, Martin Hagen and CD Johnson led SMSU to victory. The win was SMSU’s first NSIC dual victory since Feb. 13, 2010, when SMSU defeated U-Mary 25-15.

St. Cloud State 40 Mary 3

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The No. 3 St. Cloud State wrestling team earned their school record 17th win of the season and nearly recorded a shutout weekend with a 40-3 win over the University of Mary Saturday afternoon in Halenbeck Hall.

The Huskies (17-2) lost only one match in their last two duals and have outscored opponents 117-6 on their home mat in Halenbeck this season after posting three pins and four major decisions Saturday.

Freshman Dylan Wright (6-5) won the first match of the day at 125-lbs with a 11-3 major decision and was followed by senior Weston Hanson (7-6) who pinned his opponent 2:04 into the 133-pound match.

Junior Jacob D. Horn recorded his 19th win of the season with a 17-8 major decision in the 149-pound contest before No. 2 ranked Tad Merritt (29-3) pinned his 165-pound opponent 33 seconds into the second period of his match.

Sophomore Shamus O’Grady (23-7) earned a major decision in the 174-pound match with a 16-7 win and junior Lucas Munkelwitz (16-5) recorded a takedown in the final seconds of his 197-pound match to earn the final major decision of the day in a 9-0 victory.

The No. 1 ranked heavyweight in the nation, sophomore Jake Kahnke, then pinned his opponent 4:32 into the final match of the day to improve to a stellar 21-1 on the season.

The Huskies will now go back on the road for their final regular season road-dual as they take on Upper Iowa at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13 in Fayette, Iowa.

St. Cloud State 40 Mary 3
125 Dylan Wright (St. Cloud State ) MD Matt Garcia (Mary) 11 – 3
133 Weston Hanson (St. Cloud State ) FALL Ryan Swelland (Mary) (2:04)
141 Gabriel Suarez (St. Cloud State ) DEC Tanner Beaman (Mary) 3 – 2
149 Jacob D. Horn (St. Cloud State ) MD Landon DellaSilva (Mary) 17 – 8
157 Josh Joriman (St. Cloud State ) DEC Brandon DeLao (Mary) 6 – 3
165 Tad Merritt (St. Cloud State ) FALL Shane Primeau (Mary) (3:33)
174 Shamus O’Grady (St. Cloud State ) MD Ross Edison (Mary) 16 – 7
184 Brady Anderson (Mary) DEC Michael Berg (St. Cloud State ) 9 – 5
197 Lucas Munkelwitz (St. Cloud State ) MD Kriss McCleary (Mary) 9 – 0
285 Jake Kahnke (St. Cloud State ) FALL Austin Woo (Mary) (4:32)

Wartburg 28, Augsburg 5

MINNEAPOLIS — Orlando Ponce (JR, Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS) and Zach Molitor (SR, Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS) claimed wins for Augsburg College, but top-ranked Wartburg College scored a 28-5 win in a battle of NCAA Division III wrestling powers on Friday night at Si Melby Hall.

Wartburg (19-1 overall), the top-ranked team in the latest NCAA Division III national poll, claimed victories in eight of the 10 bouts over Augsburg (7-5 overall), the defending national champions and current No. 3-ranked team nationally. The Knights’ triumph broke a four-match winning streak for the Auggies in the all-time series between the schools, which Augsburg leads 15-10.

Ponce, ranked No. 5 at 165 pounds, used four takedowns and 1:16 of riding time to score a 9-3 win over Wartburg’s Adam Weber (SR, Waterloo, Iowa/Don Bosco HS), improving to 20-5 on the season.

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Minnesota 21 Wisconsin 15


Gophers Take Down No. 3 Badgers 21-15

MINNEAPOLIS — In front of a sold-out crowd of 5,225 at the Sports Pavilion, the No. 4 Minnesota wrestling team scored a 21-15 win over No. 3 Wisconsin capped off with a 3-2 decision victory by a returning Ben Berhow in the heavyweight match to lock up the win. The Gophers also picked up wins from Zach Sanders, Mike Thorn, Danny Zilverberg and Cody Yohn.

Wisconsin at Minnesota Photos

“I think the fans got their money’s worth today. We’re trying to get better and better each week going into the Big Ten tournament. We made some good progress today, and that’s what we’re looking for,” Minnesota head wrestling coach J Robinson said.

Berhow, a redshirt senior this year for the Gophers, was a late addition to the lineup – replacing an ill Tony Nelson at heavyweight – for the final matchup of the night against No. 11 Eric Bugenhagen with the score sitting at 18-15 in the Gophers’ favor. The pair of heavyweights dueled through a scoreless first period before Bugenhagen opened the second period with an escape to take a 1-0 lead. But Berhow, who hadn’t wrestled since Dec. 11, would bide his time until the third period, scoring an escape of his own and following up with a takedown in the match’s final seconds to jump ahead. Bugenhagen would score a late escape as time expired, giving Berhow a 3-2 decision in the match and the Gophers a 21-15 win in the dual.

“That was really special. I’ll remember that the rest of my life,” Berhow said. “And with the great crowd…it’s fun wrestling for them.”

Minnesota (13-3 overall, 4-0 Big Ten) once again opened the dual with a strong showing in the earlier matches. No. 5 Zach Sanders kicked off the afternoon with his 13th-straight dual win, this time taking down Tom Kelliher with an 11-8 decision. The Badgers (9-2-1, 0-0-1) would answer with a decision win in the 133 lbs. match as No. 3 Tyler Graff put together a 9-4 win over David Thorn.

The Gophers would add bonus points in three of the next four matches however as No. 2 Mike Thorn pinned Danny Arnel at 3:42 in the 141 lbs. match, Danny Zilverberg scored a 12-3 major decision over Shawn Perry at 149 lbs. and No. 11 Cody Yohn followed up a 9-3 loss in the 157 lbs. match with a 15-0 technical fall over Ben Cox in the 165 lbs. match.

The Badgers, who remain winless in Big Ten action, would make it interesting over the next three matches however, picking up a trio of decision in the 174-197 lbs. matches to head into the 285 lbs. match with Minnesota nursing an 18-15 lead. Bonus points by Wisconsin would have given the higher-ranked team a come from behind win while a decision would have given Wisconsin its second tie of the season. However, neither result would come as Berhow sent the packed house into a frenzy with the late takedown to seal the win in both the match and the dual.

Minnesota returns to action next Saturday at Ohio State. The dual can be watched live on the Big Ten Network.

No. 4 Minnesota vs. No. 3 Wisconsin
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Minneapolis, Minn. (Sports Pavilion)

Minnesota 21, Wisconsin 15
125: No. 5 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. Tom Kelliher (WISC) 11-8
133: No. 3 Tyler Graff (WISC) dec. David Thorn (MINN)9-4
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) fall Danny Arnel (WISC) 3:42
149: Danny Zilverberg (MINN) maj. Shawn Perry (WISC) 12-3
157: Kalvin York (WISC) dec. Joe Grygelko (MINN) 9-3
165: No. 11 Cody Yohn (MINN) tech. Ben Cox (WISC) 15-0; 3:27
174: No. 19 Ben Jordan dec. No. 8 Scott Glasser (MINN) 8-4
184: No. 3 Travis Rutt (WISC) dec. No. 9 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) 3-2
197: No. 2 Trevor Brandvold (WISC) dec. Joe Nord (MINN) 8-1
285: Ben Berhow (MINN) dec. No. 11 Eric Bugenhagen (WISC) 3-2