Minnesota 31 Ohio State 9

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The No. 4 Minnesota wrestling team remained unbeaten in Big Ten action on Saturday night, taking down Ohio State 31-9 in Columbus. The Gophers recorded wins in eight of ten matches including a string of six-straight wins – four of which featured bonus points.

No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus, a redshirt freshman, opened the dual with a close 4-2 decision over Cody Magrum at 185 lbs before Ohio State’s Peter Capone would put the Buckeyes up 6-3 with a fall over redshirt senior Joe Nord at 2:30 in the 197 lbs. match. But the lead would be short lived as heavyweight Tony Nelson, a redshirt freshman ranked No. 8 in the country, added a pin of his own at 1:19 over Zach Stolarsky.

Nelson’s pin would be the first of six-straight wins for Minnesota (14-3 overall, 5-0 Big Ten). No. 5 Zach Sanders, a redshirt junior, would add his 10th major decision of the season when he scored an 18-4 win over Bo Touris before the Thorn brothers would each add bonus points to Minnesota’s team total. At 133, redshirt freshman David Thorn came out ahead in a shootout with Jacob Vaughan, picking up the 19-11 major decision only for his older brother Mike Thorn, a redshirt senior ranked No. 2 by Intermat, to add a 17-0 technical fall over Randall Languis at 141 lbs. With a 31-1 overall record (17-0 in duals, Mike Thorn has scored bonus points in over 65 percent of his matches this season (11 pins, seven major decisions, three technical falls).

At 149 lbs., redshirt freshman Danny Zilverberg added his second win in a row when he scored a 7-1 decision over Mike Fee before Matt Mincey, making just his second dual appearance of the year, would add a 11-8 decision over Sean Nemec at 157 lbs. for his second dual win of the year. Mincey previously earned a 15-0 technical fall win in the 149 lbs. match against Purdue on Jan. 21.

The Buckeyes would break the streak at 165 lbs. when No. 7 Colt Sponseller earned a 5-2 win over. No. 11 Cody Yohn in a back-and-forth battle that saw both wrestlers nearly score a fall. Sponseller controlled most of the first two periods including scoring a first period takedown, but Yohn, a redshirt sophomore, scored a reversal in the final moment of the second period although time would expire before Minnesota could score back points. The Buckeyes’ 165-pounder would add a second take down at the halfway point of the third period and gain a bonus point from riding time to pick up the 5-2 win. But Minnesota would get the last word in when No. 13 Scott Glasser scored a come-from-behind win over No. 15 Nick Heflin with a late takedown to pick up the 4-2 decision victory.

Minnesota returns to action next weekend, taking on Michigan on the road next Friday before hosting nationally ranked Penn State at home on Sunday afternoon.

No. 4 Minnesota vs. Ohio State
Saturday, February 5, 2011

at Columbus, Ohio

Minnesota 31 Ohio State 9
184: No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec, Cody Magrum (OSU) 4-2
197: Peter Capone (OSU) fall Joe Nord (MINN) 2:30
285: No. 8 Tony Nelson (MINN) fall Zach Stolarsky (OSU) 1:19
125: No. 5 Zach Sanders (MINN) maj. Bo Touris (OSU) 18-4
133: David Thorn (MINN) maj. Jacob Vaughan (OSU) 19-11
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) tech. Randall Languis (OSU) 17-0
149: Danny Zilverberg (MINN) dec. Mike Fee (OSU) 7-1
157: Matt Mincey (MINN) dec. Sean Nemec (OSU) 11-8
165: No. 7 Colt Sponseller (OSU) dec. No. 11 Cody Yohn (MINN) 5-2
174: No. 13 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. No. 15 Nick Heflin (OSU) 4-2

Gophers Head to Columbus for Big Ten Dual

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota returns to action this Saturday with its final road dual of the year, taking on Ohio State at 6 p.m. CST in Columbus.

Minnesota (13-3 overall, 4-0 Big Ten) looks to remain perfect in conference competition and continue its five-dual winning streak this Saturday against the unranked Buckeyes. The Gophers are 37-12-3 all-time against Ohio State, which enters the weekend on a two-dual losing streak and hosts Indiana on Friday night. The Buckeyes (2-7-0, 1-3-0) dropped duals to No. 2 Iowa and No. 13 Michigan last weekend and currently sit in a three-way tie for seventh in the conference. Minnesota sits tied for first in the Big Ten with the Hawkeyes and Wolverines.

Follow the Action
Can’t make it to Columbus to watch the Gophers up close and in person? The Big Ten Network will broadcast the dual live on Saturday night — the first of three-straight Minnesota duals broadcast by the network along with Penn State and Iowa. You can also follow live stats online atnwcaonline.com.

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Next Up
With the road schedule complete, Minnesota returns home to take on No. 3 Penn State and No. 2 Iowa on successive weekends. The Gophers host the Nittany Lions, who dropped a shocker to Iowa last Sunday for the team’s only loss of the year, next Sunday at 2 p.m. before hosting the Hawkeyes — the nation’s only unbeaten team — the next Sunday. Both games will be shown on the Big Ten Network on tape delay.

Last Time Out
Minnesota picked up its fourth-straight win over a ranked opponent last Sunday when the Gophers took down then No. 3 Wisconsin 21-15 in a battle of top-five teams.

The Gophers opened the dual with wins in three of the first four matches. No. 5 Zach Sanders scored a decision win at 125 lbs over Tom Kelliher before No. 3 Tyler Graff snagged a decision over David Thorn at 133 lbs. Minnesota jumped out to a 10-point lead over the next two matches though when No. 2 Mike Thorn scored a fall at 141 lbs., and Danny Zilverberg notched a 12-3 major decision at 149 lbs.

The Badgers would cut into the lead with a decision at 157 lbs., but No. 11 Cody Yohn would tally a five-point technical fall over Ben Cox at 165 lbs before Wisconsin mounted a near comeback with three-straight decision victories to set up an opportunity to tie the dual in the heavyweight match.

Wisconsin’s No. 11 Eric Bugenhagen scored the match’s first point with a second period escape but Ben Berhow — standing in for Tony Nelson for the Gophers — added an escape to start the third period and followed up with the match’s only takedown with just seconds left to pick up the eventual 3-2 win — upsetting Bugenhagen and giving Minnesota the 21-15 win at home.

Match of the Meet
Each and every Gopher wrestling match is full of excitement and entertainment but this weekend one bout stands out among the rest. Saturday’s dual against Ohio State will feature two of the top 165 lbs. wrestlers in the country in Cody Yohn and Colt Sponseller. Yohn, ranked No. 11 in the nation at 165 lbs. by Intermat, has not faced Sponseller in his career. Sponseller is ranked No. 7 in the country.

Robinson Celebrates 25 Years
The University of Minnesota will honor head wrestling coach J Robinson for his 25 years of service to the program during the Gophers’ dual against Iowa next month. Robinson has brought the program to a new level during his tenure including coaching the Gophers to the first three NCAA titles in school history (2001, 2002, 2007).

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

Border Brawl Pits No. 4 Minnesota vs. No. 3 Wisconsin

This year’s Border Brawl hits new heights as Sunday’s Big Ten dual brings together two of the best teams in Division I college wrestling. In a rematch of a close, hard-fought battle at this year’s National Duals, No. 3 Wisconsin comes to Minneapolis on Sunday to take on No. 4 Minnesota at the Sports Pavilion. The Badgers narrowly edged the Gophers 19-17 in the consolation final on Jan. 9 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The Gophers (12-3 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) have been going strong since then however, leading the Big Ten with three wins over Indiana, Purdue and Illinois and going 4-0 overall (Iowa State) since the loss to Wisconsin. The Badgers (9-1-1, 0-0-1) are looking for their first conference win of the season after opening the Big Ten season with 19-19 tie with Illinois at home on Jan. 16. Wisconsin currently sits sixth in the Big Ten standings and picked up a 22-15 win over soon-to-be-conference foe Nebraska last Friday.

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Can’t make it to the Sports Pavilion this Sunday? Follow the action online. Gophersports.com will be providing live, streaming coverage of the Minnesota-Wisconsin dual in the Gold Zone. You can also follow the dual with a live blog throughout the dual and by following Golden Gopher Wrestling on Facebook and Twitter. A dual recap, photo gallery, interviews and more will be published on Gophersports.com following the dual.

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Last Time Out
The Gophers picked up a pair of Big Ten victories last weekend with wins over nationally ranked opponents. The Maroon and Gold opened with the weekend with a 26-15 win over No. 23 Purdue in West Lafayette on Friday night before taking down No. 15 Illinois 25-16 on Sunday afternoon in Champaign. Against the Boilermakers, Minnesota jumped out to a 20-0 lead after picking up bonus points in the first four matches of the night (Sanders, D. Thorn, M. Thorn, Mincey). No. 8 Scott Glasser added a key 4-2 win in the 174 lbs. match over No. 9 Luke Manuel, and Tony Nelson shut the door with a 4-3 decision in the heavyweight match.

Sunday’s afternoon dual was a back-and-forth affair with the teams splitting the opening six matches. But a three-match swing for the Gophers (C. Yohn, Glasser and Steinhaus each picked up decision wins in three of the last four matches) overcame a small lead by the Illini and carried the Gophers to their Big Ten-leading third conference win of the season.

Next Up
Minnesota kicks off its first of two-straight road duals next Saturday in Columbus with a 6 p.m. CST contest against Ohio State. The Big Ten Network will broadcast the dual live. The Buckeyes take on No. 13 Michigan tonight at 6 p.m. — that dual can also be seen on the Big Ten Network. Ohio State currently sits in eighth place in the conference (2-6-0, 1-2-0), losing 33-3 to Iowa last weekend.

Match of the Meet
Each and every Gopher wrestling match is full of excitement and entertainment but this weekend one bout stands out among the rest. Sunday’s dual against Wisconsin will feature two of the top heavyweight wrestlers in the country in Tony Nelson and Eric Bugenhagen. And these two grapplers are well aware of each other.

Nelson, ranked ninth in the nation by Intermat, earned a close 2-1 decision over Bugenhagen in the final matchup between Minnesota and Wisconsin at this year’s National Duals. While Nelson earned the individual win, Bugenhagen prevented the Gophers redshirt freshman from scoring the bonus points that Minnesota needed to tie or win the dual. Nelson is on a three-match winning streak while Bugenhagen has not lost since wrestling Nelson — going 2-0 in dual action this month.

Robinson Celebrates 25 Years
The University of Minnesota will honor head wrestling coach J Robinson for his 25 years of service to the program during the Gophers’ dual against Iowa next month. Robinson has brought the program to a new level during his tenure including coaching the Gophers to the first three NCAA titles in school history (2001, 2002, 2007).

Volkmann to Sign Autographs Sunday

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Gopher All-American and current Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Jacob Volkmann will be on hand to sign autographs on Sunday afternoon prior to the fourth-ranked Gophers’ dual against No. 3 Wisconsin.

A three-time All-American at Minnesota, Volkmann remains one of the best wrestler’s to ever don the Gophers singlet. His career record of 127-36-0 and 34 career pins each rank ninth all-time at the school while  Volkmann was an integral part of the first national championship team in Minnesota history. In his first-year on the mat for the Gophers, Volkmann fought his way to a fourth-place finish at the 2001 NCAA Championships as one of 10 All-Americans for the Gophers that year – a feat that had never been accomplished by a team at the national tournament up to that point. Volkmann followed up with a third-place finish at the national championship in 2003 and a fourth-place finish in 2004, the same year he claimed his first Big Ten championship at 165 lbs.

A native of Henning, Minn., Volkmann currently competes in the UFC lightweight division and holds 12-2 mixed martial arts record with a three-bout winning streak. His latest fight was a three-round split decision victory over Antonio McKee on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125: Resolution in Las Vegas.

Sunday’s dual pits two of the top wrestling programs in the nation against each other as the No. 4 Gophers host No. 3 Wisconsin at 2 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis. The Gophers wrestling team will be signing autographs following the dual.

Gophers Rise to No. 4 in Latest Polls

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota wrestling program continues to climb in the national rankings, moving up to fourth in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll after scoring a pair of wins over ranked opponents over the weekend.

The Gophers (12-3 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) topped No. 23 Purdue 26-15 last Friday before closing out the weekend with a 21-16 win over 15th-ranked Illinois on Sunday. Minnesota’s three remaining home duals this season are all against nationally ranked programs including No. 3 Wisconsin this Sunday at the Sports Pavilion. The Badgers narrowly defeated the Gophers earlier this year at National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Penn State has been credited as the nation’s new top team, clinching the No. 1 ranking this weekend as the Nittany Lions hold a perfect 13-0 record. They’ll be in Minneapolis on Feb. 13 for a Big Ten showdown with Minnesota, which currently sits atop the Big Ten with a 3-0 conference record. The Gophers close out the regular season with a Big Ten finale against No. 8 Iowa at Williams Arena on Feb. 20.

Cornell (No. 2) and Oklahoma State (5) close out the top five while Virginia Tech, Missouri, Iowa, Rutgers and Boise State close out the top ten, respectively.

USA TODAY-NWCA Division I Top 25

Jan. 25, 2011

Rank
School
Record
Points
Last week
1
Penn State
13-0
275
2
2
Cornell
5-1
263
1
3
Wisconsin
9-1-1
247
4
4
Minnesota
11-3
226
5
5
Oklahoma State
8-2-1
224
6
6
Virginia Tech
14-4
211
3
7
Missouri
14-5
206
7
8
Iowa
9-0-1
199
8
9
Rutgers
18-1
192
14
10
Boise State
6-2-1
181
9
11
Oklahoma
10-1
173
10
12
Lehigh
10-5
156
17
13
Michigan
7-2
154
11
14
Illinois
3-3-1
120
15
15
Iowa State
6-7
102
12
16
Nebraska
10-3
101
16
17
Kent State
10-5
98
18
18
Northwestern
15-1
84
19
19
American
11-4
77
20
20
Oregon State
8-4-2
72
13
21
Central Michigan
4-7
63
21
22
Cal Poly
6-1
47
24
23
Pittsburgh
8-6
43
22
24
Purdue
5-6-1
40
23
25
Wyoming
7-4
14
25


Others receiving votes:
 Arizona State, Hofstra, and Virginia.

Minnesota 21 Illinois 16

The No. 5 Minnesota wrestling program completed a weekend sweep over a pair of ranked opponents, topping No. 15 Illinois 21-16 on Sunday after beating Purdue on Friday night. The Gophers earned wins from Tony Nelson (HWT), Zach Sanders (125),  Mike Thorn (141), Cody Yohn (165), Scott Glasser (174) and Kevin Steinhaus (184).

Tony Nelson started the day off right for Minnesota with a 7-0 decision over Patrick Walker in the heavyweight match, and Zach Sanders followed up with a six-minute pin on Logan Arlis in the 125 lbs. match to give the Gophers a 9-0 lead after the opening two matches. The Illini would take six points in the 133 lbs. match when No. 7 Bernard Futrell scored a pin over David Thorn, but Mike Thorn would answer right back with a 9-4 win over Daryl Thomas in the 141 lbs. match to remain unbeaten in duals this season.

Illinois would pick up seven points in the middle weights however to take a 13-12 lead. No. 14 Eric Terrazas scored a 5-2 decision over Danny Zilverberg in the 149 lbs. match and Jackson Morse followed with an 11-2 major decision over Joe Grygelko in the 157 lbs. match.

But the Illini’s lead would be short lived as the Gophers would go on to take the next three matches to lock up the dual. Cody Yohn recorded a 1-0 decision over Conrad Polz at 165 lbs. and Scott Glasser and Kevin Steinhaus followed suit with decisions of their own over Benjamin Friedl at 174 lbs. (7-4) and Tony Dallago at 184 lbs. (4-0, respectively. The three-match swing put Minnesota up 21-13 and a 6-4 decision for Joseph Barczak over Joe Nord would give Minnesota a win with a final score of 21-16.

The Gophers return to action next Sunday in a matchup of top-five programs. The fifth-ranked Gophers will host Big Ten rival and No. 4 Wisconsin at the Sports Pavilion a week from today at 2 p.m. CST.

No. 5 Minnesota at. No. 15 Illinois

Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Champaign, Ill.

Minnesota 21 Illinois 16
285: No. 9 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. Patrick Walker (ILL) 7-0
125: No. 5 Zach Sanders (MINN) fall Logan Arlis (ILL) 6:00
133: No. 7 Bernard Futrell (ILL) fall David Thorn (MINN) 2:53
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) dec. Daryl Thomas (ILL) 9-4
149: No. 14 Eric Terrazas (ILL) dec. Danny Zilverberg (MINN) 5-2
157: Jackson Morse (ILL) maj. Joe Grygelko (MINN) 11-2
165: Cody Yohn (MINN) dec. Conrad Polz (ILL) 1-0
174: No. 8 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. Benjamin Friedl (ILL) 7-4
184: No. 9 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. Tony Dallago (ILL) 4-0
197: Joseph Barczak (ILL) dec. Joe Nord (MINN) 6-4