Minnesota battles Wisconsin- Men’s wrestling

Derek Wetmore

After two matches, the Gophers are leading Wisconsin 5-4.  Junior Mike Thorn began the night with a victory by techincal fall, but true freshman Mario Mason followed that by dropping his match by major decision. 

Score after 149: 5-4 Minnesota.  Schlatter up next.

Matches 3 and 4 have come and gone with Schlatter winning his match by major decision, 12-3. Cody Yohn performed admirably but couldn’t pull out a victory over #1 ranked Andrew Howe, ultimately losing by major decision, 15-5. After 4, Gophers lead 9-8 with Scott Glasser coming up. He will take on Wisconsin’s Jimmy Duffy. Glasser was able to defeat Duffy by major decision, 14-5, giving the Gophers a 13-8 overall lead heading into intermission. After the break, Wisconsin will have two nationally-ranked wrestlers starting in #16 Travis Rutt and #8 Trevor Brandvold. Those two will be followed by heavyweight Eric Bugenhagen. The Gophers will counter with Kaleb Young, #14 Sonny Yohn and heavyweight Ben Berhow. Intermission. After the heavyweights, the Gophers retook the lead 16-14. Kaleb Young lost by decision after a close match with Rutt, and Sonny had arguably the most intense match of the night, losing by decision to 8th ranked Brandvold. The crowd came to life in support of Sonny seconds before his escape tied the score at 2. In the third round, however, Sonny was unable to score another point, losing by decision at 4-2 with the crowd letting their disapproval towards the referees be known. It appeared Sonny had a takedown for 2 with in the waning seconds but nothing was called. Brandvold’s subsequent takedown sealed Sonny’s fate. Carrying over the energy from Sonny’s match, the crowd was a constant presence in Berhow’s favor. The arena got to its feat when an escape from Berhow with less than 30 seconds left tied the score at 3, then erupted with cheers for Berhow’s takedown with 11 seconds to go. Bugenhagen added one more escape but it wasn’t enough to overcome Berhow’s lead. Berhow won by decisoin, 5-4. Gophers lead heading into the 125 weight class: 16-14 Zach Sanders dominated his match from start to finish and ended up winning by major decision, 17-3. This victory gave the Gophers some breathing room and they now lead by a team score of 20-14 heading into the final match where Thane Antczak will take on #8 Tyler Graff. Concluding the meet, Antczak lost by technical fall to eighth ranked Tyler Graff. The Gophers pleased their fans this evening, winning by a team score of 20-18 in front of an announced crowd of 3,171.