Live blog: No. 5 Gopher wrestling vs. No. 1 Iowa

by Derek Wetmore

This evenings dual is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and will feature two titans in wrestling circles, No. 5 Minnesota vs. the No. 1 Iowa Hawkeyes.  The dual will feature four matchups of top 20 wrestlers inlcuding three matchups of top 10 wrestlers.  Should be a good one, the lower bowl here at the Barn is filled with overflow spilling into the upper deck.  We’re awaiting word of the first matchup of the night and then things will get underway. We’re underway here at 125 pounds. The night’s opening matchup is No. 6 Zach Sanders vs. No. 4 Matt McDonough. After two matches the Gophers trail 4-3. Sanders lost his match 13-2 but Ness was able to get the team back into it by defeating his opponent by decision, 8-4. 141 is up next. Mike Thorn for the Gophers vs. Montell Marion of the Hawkeyes. Mike Thorn fell by major decision and Mario Mason was unable to budge No. 1 Brent Metcalf. The Gophers trail13-3. They need No. 2 Dustin Schlatter to score some points and get them back in the match. Schlatter won by decision, 4-1. That pushes the team score to 13-6 in favor of Iowa heading into the break. It’s certainly not over yet, but Minnesota will need some major upsets if it hopes to compete in this dual with world-class Iowa. INTERMISSION Coming out of the break, Cody Yohn was unable to even make it to the third period with No. 4 Ryan Morningstar. Scott Glasser wasn’t able to get much going beyond one reversal that came late in the third period. He lost his match by major decision, 14-2. After the two losses the Gophers trail 21-6. Only wrestlers left, the outlook is bleak for Minnesota. Kaleb Young lost 9-1 and the Gophers fell behind by a team score of 25-6, making it mathematically impossible for them to come back. No. 12 Sonny Yohn won 7-0 and appeared to have secured a pin in the process but no call was made. Sonny ended up receiving a 3-point tech. fall and brought the Gophers to 9 points. They still trail 25-9 heading into Big Ben’s heavyweight match. His opponent will be No. 10 Dan Erekson. Berhow earned two escapes after falling in an early hole, 3-0 and forced his opponent into taking two stalling penalties to earn a bonus point, pulling him into a 3-3 tie. In the overtime period Berhow was taken down and lost 5-3. Iowa won by a team score of 28-9.