Minnesota stays unbeaten in Big Ten
Gophers grab four bonus-point victories vs. Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 4 Minnesota remained unbeaten in Big Ten action on Saturday night, taking down Ohio State 31-9 in Columbus. The Gophers recorded wins in eight of 10 matches including a string of six consecutive wins – four of which featured bonus points.
No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus, a redshirt freshman, opened the dual with a close 4-2 decision against Cody Magrum at 185 pounds before Ohio State’s Peter Capone would put the Buckeyes up 6-3 with a fall against redshirt senior Joe Nord at 2:30 in the 197 pound match. 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 against Zach Stolarsky.
Nelson’s pin would be the first of six consecutive wins for Minnesota (14-3 overall, 5-0 Big Ten). No. 5 Zach Sanders, a redshirt junior, added his 10th major decision of the season when he scored an 18-4 win against 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 before his older brother Mike Thorn, a redshirt senior ranked No. 2 by Intermat, added a 17-0 technical fall against Randall Languis at 141 pounds. With a 31-1 overall record (17-0 in duals), Mike Thorn has scored bonus points in more than 65 percent of his matches this season (11 pins, seven major decisions, three technical falls).
At 149 pounds, redshirt freshman Danny Zilverberg added his second consecutive win when he scored a 7-1 decision against Mike Fee before Matt Mincey, making just his second dual appearance of the year, added a 11-8 decision against Sean Nemec at 157 pounds for his second dual win of the year. Mincey previously earned a 15-0 technical fall win in the 149 pounds match against Purdue on Jan. 21.
The Buckeyes would break the streak at 165 pounds when No. 7 Colt Sponseller earned a 5-2 win against 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 added 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.
Minnesota added one more win when No. 13 Scott Glasser scored a come-from-behind victory against No. 15 Nick Heflin with a late takedown to pick up the 4-2 decision.