Minnesota opens National Duals against Northern Illinois

MINNEAPOLIS — The 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals brackets have been released with 16 of the nation’s top programs competing in Cedar Falls, Iowa this weekend including 13 nationally ranked teams.

No. 5 Minnesota opens the National Duals as the fourth seed against Northern Illinois on Saturday at 9 a.m. CST. Other opening-round duals include Ohio State against top seeded Cornell, the No. 1 team in Division I wrestling; Northern Iowa against eighth seeded Missouri; fifth seed Boise State taking on Iowa State; three seed Wisconsin against South Dakota State; American against six seed Oregon State; the seven seed Virginia Tech against Central Michigan and finally Purdue against No. 2 seed Oklahoma State.

The 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals are presented by Hibiclens and the Marines at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The two-day event begins on Saturday with first and second round action while the final two rounds are held on Sunday.

Division I Brackets (pdf)

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

Minnesota 26 Nebraska 8

Minnesota Picks Up 26-8 Win Over No. 15 Huskers

The No. 3 Minnesota wrestling team picked up a dominant win over its soon-to-be conference rivals on Thursday night as the Golden Gophers defeated No. 15 Nebraska 26-8 in Lincoln, Neb.

The Gophers tallied wins in 8-of-10 matches on Thursday evening at the NU Coliseum to improve its 2010 dual record to 4-1 and bring its all-time record against the Cornhuskers to 48-19.

All-American senior Mike Thorn picked up his fifth major decision of the year in the first match of the dual. Thorn, ranked fourth in the nation in his weight class, bested Nebraska’s Mike Koehnlein 15-4 in a 141 lbs. matchup to give the Gophers a 4-0 advantage in the opening bout. At 149 lbs., Danny Zilverberg added to Minnesota’s lead in the follow-up match to make it 7-0 when he scored a 6-2 decision over Ross Grande.

The Cornhuskers struck back in the third and fourth matches when Tyler Koehn edged Alec Ortiz with a 6-4 decision at 157 lbs. before No. 2 Jordan Burroughs scored a 23-7 technical fall (5:54) against No. 6 Cody Yohn in a meeting of two of the nation’s top 165 lbs. grapplers. The back-to-back wins for Nebraska gave the Cornhuskers an 8-7 lead, but that would be the only scoring of the night for the Big 12 team as Minnesota swept the remaining six matches.

At 174 lbs., No. 10 Scott Glasser put the Gophers back on top with a 3-1 decision over Caleb Kolk that made the team score 10-8 in Minnesota’s favor. No. 15 Kevin Steinhaus recorded his second-consecutive upset in the 184 lbs. matchup when he held off No. 8 Josh Ihnen to pick up a 3-2 decision. Steinhaus also picked up an 8-2 decision over then-No. 8 Chris Perry of Oklahoma State last Saturday in Minnesota’s 17-16 loss to the Cowboys.

With the Gophers already up 16-8 on the Huskers, Sonny Yohn, ranked fifth in the nation at 197 lbs., edged Andy Johnson in a low-scoring 2-0 match before No. 11 Tony Nelson scored an upset of his own when he bested No. 7 Tucker Lane with a 3-1 decision in overtime in the heavyweight match.

In the 125 lbs. match, No. 6 Zach Sanders scored a 24-12 major decision over David Klingsheim before Bart Reiter tallied a 4-3 overtime decision over Ridge Kiley in his dual debut at 133 lbs, rounding out the nights score 26-8 in favor of the Golden Gophers.

The third-ranked Gophers return to action this Saturday with a pair of duals in the Golden State. Minnesota takes on Cal State Bakersfield at 1 p.m. before traveling to Cal State Fullerton at 8 p.m. Both times are Central Standard.

Gophers Wrestling Results
No. 3 Minnesota at No. 15 Nebraska
Thursday, December 9, 2010 at Lincoln, Neb.
Attd: 812

Minnesota 26, Nebraska 8
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) maj. Mike Koehnlein (NEB) 15-4
149: Danny Zilverberg (MINN) dec. Ross Grande (NEB) 6-2
157: Tyler Koehn (NEB) dec. Alec Ortiz MINN) 6-4
165: No. 2 Jordan Burroughs (NEB) tech. No. 6 Cody Yohn (MINN) 23-7; 5:54
174: No. 10 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. Caleb Kolb (NEB) 3-1
184: No. 15 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. No. 8 Josh Ihnen (NEB) 3-2
197: No. 5 Sonny Yohn (MINN) dec. Andy Johnson (NEB) 2-0
HWT: No.11 Tony Nelson (MINN) SV dec. No. 7 Tucker Lane (NEB) 3-1
125: No. 6 Zach Sanders (MINN) maj. David Klingsheim (NEB) 24-12
133: Bart Reiter (MINN) SV dec. Ridge Kiley (NEB) 4-3

Oklahoma State 17 Minnesota 16

Gophers Fall to No. 2 Oklahoma State

MINNEAPOLIS — In a matchup between two of the nation’s top programs, the No. 3 Minnesota wrestling team came up just one point short, losing to No. 2 Oklahoma State 17-16 on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion.

2010 Oklahoma State at Minnesota

Despite having a lower body injury that nearly kept him out of competition this weekend, redshirt senior Scott Glasser started the dual out for the Gophers at 174 lbs., taking on Oklahoma State’s Mike Benefiel in one of the most anticipated matches of the day. Glasser, ranked 11th in the nation by Intermat, defeated tenth-ranked Benefiel with a 6-1 decision in the first of two-straight decisions that went in Minnesota’s favor . Unranked redshirt freshman Kevin Steinhaus pulled off the upset of the dual after Glasser’s opening win, scoring an 8-2 decision against No. 8 Chris Perry.

But the Cowboys would get on the board in the third match of the day, when Minnesota redshirt junior Sonny Yohn and Oklahoma State’s Clayton Foster battled in a rematch of this year’s NWCA All-Star Classic. Foster, ranked fourth in the country, wore No. 5 Yohn down throughout the match and held on for a 7-4 decision to cut the Gophers lead in half 6-3.

Minnesota (3-1 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) would regain its momentum in the heavyweight match between No. 9 Tony Nelson, a redshirt freshman, and Blake Rosholt of Oklahoma State. Nelson scored a 5-1 decision over the Cowboys’ heavyweight to give Rosholt his first loss of the season. Oklahoma State would pick up a slight upset of its own in the following match, however, when No. 9 John Morrison handed No. 4 Zach Sanders his first loss of the season with a 7-5 decision in the first overtime period. Sanders scored a late takedown near the end of the third period and dropped Morrison’s riding time under one minute to force the one-minute overtime period. But Morrison’s takedown sealed the match for the Cowboys and No. 1 Jordan Oliver’s 22-7 major decision over sophomore Thane Antczak gave Oklahoma State its first lead of the dual at 9-11.

All-American redshirt senior Mike Thorn briefly put the Gophers back on top with a major decision (11-3) over No. 19 Luke Silver but a pair of decisions in the Cowboys favor – No. 5 Jamal Parks over Danny Zilverberg 2-0 at 149 lbs. and No. 10 Albert White over Pat Smith 10-3 at 157 lbs. – put Oklahoma State up 17-13 heading into the day’s finale – a 165 lbs. matchup between No. 9 Cody Yohn and No. 7 Dallas Bailey.

Sunday’s finale didn’t disappoint as Yohn, a redshirt sophomore, tried valiantly to earn a tie for the Gophers, eventually picking up a 6-4 decision over Bailey, who had beaten Yohn earlier this year.

Minnesota returns to action next Thursday on the road against Nebraska.

Sunday, December 5, 2010
Sports Pavilion, Minneapolis, Minn.
Attd: 3,117
Dual started at 174 pounds

No. 2 Oklahoma State 17, No. 3 Minnesota 16
174: No. 11 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. No. 10 Mike Benefiel (OSU) 3-0
184: Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. No. 8 Chris Perry (OSU) 8-2
197: No. 4 Clayton Foster (OSU) dec. No. 5 Sonny Yohn (MINN) 7-4
285: No. 9 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. Blake Rosholt (OSU) 5-1
125: No. 9 John Morrison (OSU) dec. No. 4 Zach Sanders (MINN) 7-5
133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) tech. Thane Antczak (MINN) 22-7
141: No. 4 Mike Thorn (MINN) maj. No. 19 Luke Silver (OSU) 11-3
149: No. 5 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Danny Zilverberg (MINN) 2-0
157: No. 10 Albert White (OSU) dec. Pat Smith (MINN) 10-3
165: No. 9 Cody Yohn (MINN) dec. No. 7 Dallas Bailey (OSU) 6-4