Live Blog: No. 5 Gopher wrestling vs. No. 10 Penn State

Derek Wetmore

Events are scheduled to begin here at the Sports Pavilion at 7 p.m.   The teams will be starting this evening at 125 pounds with Minnesota’s Zach Sanders wrestling Penn State’s Brad Pataky.  Sanders is ranked sixth and Pataky sits at 13. Zach Sanders had to forfeit at 125, probably because of an injury suffered several weeks ago against Purdue. Minnesota will once again rely on Jayson Ness(133) to get them back in the match. In dominating fashion, Jayson Ness pinned his opponent 1:33 into the first round. The victory guaranteed that Ness would finish his collegiate career undefeated at home. Up next is 141 with Mike Thorn wrestling for the Gophers and No. 20 Adam Lynch wrestling for Penn State. Thorn is ranked No. 6 at that weight class. Thorn got the pin just 2:18 seconds into the first period and the Gophers now lead 12-6. Aside from Sanders not being able to walk out, there hasn’t been a second this evening controlled by Penn State. No. 16 Mario Mason is up next at 149 and looks for a strong showing following his loss to Iowa’s No. 1 Brent Metcalf. Mason looked worn down throughout most of the night against Iowa so it remains to be seen if that was due to a problem in his conditioning or simply the product of Metcalf imposing his will with his constant drive. Mason has had back-to-back difficult draws facing Penn State’s No. 4 Frank Molinaro just five days after squaring off against Metcalf. After two periods, Mario was trailing 6-3 and in the middle of the third needed to call for time after an apparent injury. Mason was slow to get up and needed to be helped to his feet by the trainers. He stayed in the match but was unable to score any more points, losing by decision, 7-3. After four matches, Minnesota leads 12-9. At 157, Penn State sends Cyler Sanderson. Ranked sixth nationally, Sanderson is riding a four-match pin streak into tonight’s bout. The Gophers will counter with No. 2 Dustin Schlatter. Schlatter controlled his match from start to finish, eventually winning by decision, 4-0. Intermission. Coming out of intermission the Gopher’s Cody Yohn lost 10-2 but the match appeared much closer than what the scoreboard said. Coach Robinson was seen on the sidelines talking to Cody for several minutes after he dropped the decision, well into Scott Glasser’s match. After Cody’s match the Gophers are leading 15-12. Glasser recorded a major decision, 12-3. He was leading 7-1 after two periods but really came through with his offense, opening it up in the third period and coming through to earn the major. Glasser’s victory put the Gophers up 19-12 with Kaleb Young set to wrestle next. Kaleb lost his match by major decision to Penn State’s Dave Erwin. The major cut Minnesota’s lead to three, 19-16. Sonny Yohn and Ben Berhow will close out the match. Sonny won by major decision and that sealed the Gopher victory. Minnesota leads 23-16 heading into the heavyweight match. Ben Berhow is tied after 2 periods with No. 12 Cameron Wade. Berhow appeared to be headed for OT again, when in the final seconds of the third period, he recorded a takedown that gave him a 4-2 lead and ultimately, the victory. Minnesota defeats Penn State by a final team score of 26-6 after forfeiting at 125 to open the night. Congratulations to seniors Jayson Ness and Dustin Schlatter on their final home performances of their collegiate careers. K