Wrestlers battle for 133-pound spot

Sarah Mitchell

Gophers wrestling coaches went into the last weekend’s home dual meets against No. 10 Michigan and No. 14 Michigan State hoping one of their 133-pounders would distinguish himself from the rest of the pack.
But the weekend wasn’t much of an indicator as both No. 13 Pat Connors and Bart Golyer were defeated by higher-ranked competitors.
Sharing mat time over the weekend, Golyer drew the Wolverines’ No. 7 Joe Warren. Golyer scored the match’s first points with a takedown late in the first period. But after that, it was all Warren, who won 5-2.
Connors took to the mat on Sunday against Michigan State’s No. 5 Pat McNamara. Connors was shut out, falling to the Jordan, Minn., native 8-0.
The competition might not be split this weekend, though, as the team has road dual meets against No. 3 Iowa and No. 25 Wisconsin. Gophers assistant coach Marty Morgan said Golyer will wrestle at Iowa and could also get thrown into the starting lineup against the Badgers.
“Golyer has wrestled (the Hawkeyes’ Eric Juergens) before and done a good job,” Gophers assistant coach Marty Morgan said. “Plus we want to give Golyer more dual meet competition.”
The final decision at 133 won’t be made until next week. Morgan said a wrestle-off is scheduled for next week.
Turning up the heat
The Gophers had a lighter practice schedule last week in preparation for the dual meets against Michigan and Michigan State. But this week life in the wrestling room has become more rigorous.
“After the National Duals, we let their bodies heal and we let them settle down mentally,” Gophers coach J Robinson said. “But with Iowa next on the schedule, we’ll be training hard this week.”
Expected to rejoin the starting line-up in time for the Hawkeye rematch is 174-pounder Delaney Berger. The junior has not wrestled for the past two weeks after suffering a shoulder injury at the Great Plains Open in Lincoln, Neb., and said Carver-Hawkeye Arena makes for the perfect comeback atmosphere.
“I’ve had to contain my competitiveness,” Berger said. “I’ve got to keep it burning.”