Minnesota 39 Cal State Fullerton 0

No. 3 Minnesota Sweeps Fullerton 39-0

The No. 3 Minnesota wrestling program recorded its third win in three days and second team victory of the day on Saturday when the Golden Gophers shutout Cal State Fullerton 39-0. Minnesota previously beat No. 15 Nebraska 26-8 on Thursday and tacked on a 26-6 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday morning.

Zach Sanders opened the dual with a 13-3 major decision over Fullerton’s Andre Gonzalez – the first of 10-straight wins for Minnesota in a Gophers sweep over the Titans. Thane Antczak followed with a 5-3 decision over Marcus Orona in the evening’s closest bout at 133 lbs. before Mike Thorn pinned his opponent, Peter Hoang, at 3:42 in the 141 lbs. matchup.

The Gophers (6-1 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) then scored a pair of decision wins to extend its lead to 19-0 after Danny Zilverberg bested Nicholas Jordan 11-8 in the 149 lbs. matchup followed by a 10-6 win for Pat Smith over Cody Howe at 157 lbs.

At 165 lbs., Cody Yohn picked up his second win of the day with a 14-5 major decision over Clayton Schulke of Cal State Fullerton. Scott Glasser followed up his teammate by pinning his opponent, Dominic Borelli, at 6:12 in the 174 lbs. match.

Minnesota closed out the dual with three more wins to complete the sweep. Kevin Steinhaus scored a 12-3 major decision win over Todd Noel at 184 lbs. while Sonny Yohn and Ben Berhow both posted decisions over their opponents in their respective weight classes. Yohn bested Kyle Bergstedt by a score of 6-1 while Berhow came out ahead in a 7-1 decision over Kurt Klimek in the heavyweight division.

Minnesota is off until the end of the year when the No. 3 Gophers will participate in the Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, N.C. on Dec. 29-30.

Minnesota 39, Cal State Fullerton 0
125 – Zach Sanders (M) maj. dec. Andre Gonzalez (F), 13-3
133 – Thane Antczak (M) dec. Marcus Orona (F), 5-3
141 – Mike Thorn (M) pinned Peter Hoang (F), 3:42
149 – Danny Zilverberg (M) dec. Nick Jordan (F), 11-8
157 – Pat Smith (M) dec. Cody Howe (F), 10-6
165 – Cody Yohn (M) maj. dec. Clayton Schuelke (F), 14-2
174 – Scott Glasser (M) pinned Dominic Borelli (F), 6:12
184 – Kevin Steinhaus (M) maj. dec. Todd Noel (F), 12-3
197 – Sonny Yohn (M) dec. Kyle Bergstedt (F), 5-1
Hvy – Ben Berhow (M) dec. Kurt Klimek (F), 7-1

Minnesota 27 Cal State Bakersfield 6

Gophers Take Down CSUB 27-6

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – No. 4 Minnesota (5-1) defeated Cal State Bakersfield (0-2) 27-6 in NCAA Division I Wrestling action Saturday in the Icardo Center.

The dual opened at 197 pounds where No. 5 Sonny Yohn defeated No. 18 Riley Orozco 7-4 to give the Golden Gophers a quick lead. At heavyweight, Ben Berhow handed David Morgan a 9-3 defeat to double up the Minnesota lead.

No. 6 Zach Sanders pushed the Golden Gophers’ advantage to 10-0 with a 21-10 major decision over Frank Lomas.The Roadrunners got on the board at 133 where Jose Mendoza posted 8-6 victory over Bart Reiter. Mendoza led 6-1 after the first three minutes. Reiter earned an escape and a two-point takedown in the second periord, but Mendoza secured the win with a two-point takedown early in the final stanza. Reiter recorded a takedown with 44 seconds to go to make it the final 8-6.

Elijah Nacita took a 4-3 first period lead over No. 2 Mike Thorn, but Thorn battled back to take a 8-5 decision. Thorn remained undefeated this season at 141 pounds (15-0). Danny Zilverberg rallied from being 6-4 down in the first period to John Cardenas to take the 149-pound bout 8-6.

Andrew Balch recovered from being on the bottom for most of the first period to earn a 7-5 victory against Alex Ortiz at 157. Trailing 2-1 (and down by almost three minutes in riding time) at the end of one, Balch posted a two-point reversal at the 1:29 mark of the second period to the lead. Balch continued to press, recording a three-point near fall with just under one minute to go in the second frame. Ortiz charted a reversal with 1:08 to go in the match, but a Balch escape created a 7-4 lead with 45 seconds to go. Balch got the victory despite Oritz maintaing a 1:15 riding time advantage.

No. 6 Cody Yohn defeated No. 16 Trevor Hall took a 11-5 decision at 165. No. 10 Scott Glasser also posted a 11-5 victory for Minnesota at 174, defeating Joey Granata. The final match of the day saw No. 15 Kevin Steinhaus earn a majority decision victory over Brady Garner 18-6.

Minnesota continues action on Saturday night with a dual at Cal State Fullerton.

December 11, 2010 at Bakersfield, CA

No. 4 Minnesota 27, Cal State Bakersfield 6
197: Sonny Yohn (M) def. Riley Orozco, 7-4
285: Ben Berhow (M) def. David Morgan, 9-3
125: Zach Sanders (M) def. Frank Lomas, 21-10
133: Jose Mendoza (CSUB) def. Bart Reiter, 8-6
141: Mike Thorn (M) def. Elijah Nacita, 8-5
149: Danny Zilverberg (M) def. John Cardenas, 8-6
157: Andrew Balch (CSUB) def. Alex Ortiz, 7-5
165: Cody Yohn (M) def. Trevor Hall, 11-5
174: Scott Glasber (M) def. Joey Granata, 11-5
184: Kevin Steinhaus (M) def. Brady Garner, 18-6

Ridgewater Duals

Ridgewater 37, Itasca 9
125: Lonny Booshu, R, pin Ryan Pryzbylski 4:01
133: Nate Friederich, R, pin Frank Smith 2:38
141: Javier Portillo, R, pin Matt Dunlap 4:53
149: Josh Anderson, R, won by forfeit
157: Ryan Krause, R, maj Alex Flanagan 14-0
165: Conner Monk, I, pin Trevor Krueger 5:24
174: Travis Peralta, R, dec Blake Menard 8-2
184: Nick Dahl, R, dec Ian Pratt 5-2
197: Cully Butterfield, I, dec Aaron Samuelson 11-4
Hwt: Derek Carlson, R, dec Luke Carlson 2-1

Ridgewater 27, Minot State 19
125: Kellen Zietz, M, pin Lonny Booshu 2:06
133: Nate Friederich, R, pin Samuel Loggins 3:18
141: Javier Portillo, R, pin Deon Buhl 6:49
149: Jon Wilson, M, maj Josh Anderson 16-3
157: Jacob Hoffart, M, dec Ryan Krause 6-4
165: Trevor Krueger, R, dec Hunter Field 5-1
174: Travis Peralta, R, dec Cris Molina 8-3
184: Luke Michaelson, M, pin Nick Dahl 4:38
197: Aaron Samuelson, R, dec Ryan Kamrowski 5-2
Hwt: Derek Carlson, R, won by forfeit

Ridgewater 37, St. John’s JV 7
125: Lonny Booshu, R, maj Manny Livingstone 17-4
133: Nate Friederich, R, pin Gabe Dragt 4:44
141: Javier Portillo, R, maj Aaron Padrnos 16-8
149: Ryan Arne, S, maj Josh Anderson 11-2
157: Brandon Sepplet, S, dec Ryan Krause 13-8
165: Trevor Krueger, R, pin Charlie Kirscht 6:11
174: Travis Peralta, R, tcfl David Radermacher 21-6
184: Nick Dahl, R, dec Aaron Brasket 7-3
197: Aaron Samuelson, R, dec Riad Abu-Smail 5-2
Hwt: Dylan Shequen, R, pin Paul Plomblom 4:31

St. John’s 29 UW-Whitewater 9

December 10, 2010 at Wisconsin Dells, Wis

No. 5 Saint John’s University (SJU) 29, Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW) 9
125 – Freshman Donovan Sullivan (SJU) dec. Matt Oliva (UWW), 9-2
133 – Junior Chad Henle (No. 6, SJU) dec. Dylan Schroeder (UWW), 6-3
141 – Senior Chris Sandy (No. 8, SJU) pinned Brian Lewis (UWW), 2:33
149 – Senior Minga Batsukh (No. 3, SJU) tech. fall Kegan Arthur (UWW), 27-11
157 – Corey Schmidt (UWW) dec. Drew Larson (SJU), 7-5
165 – Senior Matt Baarson (No. 5, SJU) pinned Adam Zeh (UWW), 1:20
174 – Junior Matt Pfarr (No. 9 at 184) dec. Cheston Kesselhon (UWW), 9-7 (OT)
184 – Junior Dustin Baxter (SJU) dec. Reid Dickerson (UWW), 3-2
197 – Adam Latella (No. 6, UWW) dec. senior Tony Willaert (No. 10, SJU), 7-6
Hwt – James Zarate (UWW) dec. junior John Linn (SJU), 5-1

St. John’s 21 UW-La Crosse 17

SJU Upsets No. 2 La Crosse, Defeats Whitewater for Sweep at the Dells

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. – No. 5 Saint John’s upset No. 2 Wisconsin-La Crosse 21-17 and swept the Duals at the Dells with a 30-9 win over Wisconsin-Whitewater in the nightcap on Friday, Dec. 10, in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

The SJU-Whitewater results will be posted once they become available.

La Crosse (5-2 record) jumped out to 14-0 lead through the first three matches, but SJU (5-0 record) claimed wins in six of the next seven weights to earn the dual victory. Senior Minga Batsukh (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.), the two-time defending national champion at 141 and the No. 3-ranked wrestler at 149, put the Johnnies on the scoreboard with a 10-5 win over No. 4 Matt Mauseth, the 2009 national champion. Senior Drew Larson (Willmar, Minn.) kept the tide rolling with a 6-0 win at 157 before senior Matt Baarson (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park) posted the Johnnies’ lone upset of the night. Baarson, ranked fifth nationally, posted an escape and takedown in the second period en route to a 4-0 win over No. 4 Cory Ferguson.

Junior Matt Pfarr (Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson) wrestled his first match after cutting down to 174 pounds and nearly upset the top-ranked wrestler in the nation, falling 3-2 to No. 1 Mike Schmitz via a third-period escape. Pfarr entered the match ranked ninth at 184 pounds.

A pin by junior Dustin Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley) at 184 pounds cut SJU’s deficit to 17-15 before sophomore Mitch Hagen (Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) gave the Johnnies their first lead of the match. Hagen bumped up to 197 pounds and earned a 14-10 decision over the Eagles’ John Poppie.

The dual’s decision came down to the final match between senior Tony Willaert (North Mankato, Minn./Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial) and UWL’s Billy Mayer. Last season, Willaert bumped up to heavyweight and upset La Crosse’s Dan Laurent, a two-time national champion and the nation’s top-ranked heavyweight, by major decision, 15-4. Willaert’s showcase was much closer this year, as the senior posted a 6-5 decision to seal the win for SJU. Mayer was penalized for stalling twice and Willaert snatched a takedown late to clinch the victory.

SJU nearly defeated then-No. 1 La Crosse with a narrow 22-19 decision last year.

The Johnnies return to action at the Vegas Duals next Monday, Dec. 20. SJU is scheduled to face the University of Chicago, No. 1 Wartburg (Iowa), No. 27 Olivet (Mich.) and No. 3 Coe (Iowa).

No. 5 Saint John’s University (SJU) 21, No. 2 Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) 17
125 – Albie McKinney (No. 4, UWL) pinned freshman Donovan Sullivan (SJU), 0:56
133 – Adam Sheley (No. 7, UWL) major dec. junior Chad Henle (No. 6, SJU), 11-2
141 – Bebeto Yewah (No. 1, UWL) major dec. senior Chris Sandy (No. 8, SJU), 13-3
149 – Senior Minga Batsukh (No. 3, SJU) dec. Matt Mauseth (No. 4, UWL), 10-5
157 – Senior Drew Larson (SJU) dec. Ryan Farwell (UWL), 6-0
165 – Senior Matt Baarson (No. 5, SJU) dec. Cory Ferguson (No. 4, UWL), 4-0
174 – Mike Schmitz (No. 1, UWL) dec. junior Matt Pfarr (No. 9 at 184, SJU), 3-2
184 – Junior Dustin Baxter (SJU) pinned Mitch Artist (UWL), 4:18
197 – Sophomore Mitch Hagen (SJU) dec. John Poppie (UWL), 14-10
Hwt – Senior Tony Willaert (No. 10 at 197, SJU) dec. Billy Mayer (UWL), 6-5