No. 5 Minnesota roughs up Michigan
Gophers get pin in opening match and lead rest of meet
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Fifth-ranked Minnesota improved to 6-0 in the Big Ten on Friday night with a 22-12 win against No. 10 Michigan. Minnesota tallied wins in six of the dual's 10 matches as Zach Sanders, David Thorn, Danny Zilverberg, Cody Yohn, Kevin Steinhaus and Tony Nelson recorded wins for the Gophers.
The Gophers (15-3-0 overall, 6-0-0 Big Ten) jumped out to a 9-0 lead after the night's first two matches and never relinquished the lead. No. 5 Zach Sanders opened the event with a pin at 4:46 of the 125 pound match against the Wolverines' Sean Boyles. The win brought Sanders' 2010-11 record to 24-2 as the two-time All-American has recorded bonus points in 17 of his wins. David Thorn gave Minnesota its second conscutive win when he upset No. 20 Zac Stevens 11-7 in the 133 pound match.
The back-to-back wins proved beneficial for the Gophers as the two Big Ten teams would trade wins during the next eight matches with only one wrestler earning bonus points the rest of the way - Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus.
No. 2 Mike Thorn suffered just his second loss of the season when he dropped a close 3-1 decision to No. 1 Kellen Russell in the 141 pound match's first sudden victory period. Russell previously earned a 6-2 win against Thorn on Dec. 29 in the Southern Scuffle final - Thorn's only other loss this season.
Michigan (10-4-0, 5-2-0) would give up a 4-3 decision in the 149 pound match when Danny Zilverberg topped Eric Grajales, but the Wolverines would cut Minnesota's lead to 12-6 when Brandon Zeerip handed Matt Mincey his first dual loss of the season - a 13-10 decision in the 157 pound bout. At 165, No. 11 Cody Yohn earned a 10-4 decision against No. 19 Dan Yates before Justin Zeerip snuck past No. 12 Scott Glasser with a 4-1 decision to make the team score 15-9.
But Steinhaus, the ninth ranked 184 pounder, would put an end to the streak of six consecutive decisions when he scored a 13-2 major decision against Michigan's Hunter Collins. No. 11 Anthony Biondo would once again cut into the Gophers' lead with an 11-4 decision against Joe Nord in the 197 pound match, but by then the dual was out of reach.
No. 8 Tony Nelson handed No. 10 Ben Apland his second consecutive loss in a highly anticipated matchup of heavyweights that went 6-3 in Nelson's favor, as the Gophers secured a 22-12 win to remain perfect in the Big Ten.