PISCATAWAY, N.J. — No. 4 Minnesota won the Rutgers Regional of the NWCA National Duals on Saturday afternoon. Minnesota defeated Kent State 35-3 in the semifinals, before defeating Missouri 26-7 for the championship.
Championship: Minnesota 27, Missouri 7
Zach Sanders started things off with an 8-4 decision against Missouri’s Alan Waters. The two battled each other till the final horn, before Sanders picked up the win to improve to 23-1 overall this season.
Chris Dardanes had no problem with the Tigers Nathan McCormick, as he scored a 14-5 major to put the Gophers up 7-0 early.
Brother Nick would take the mat next and was able to pick up another major for Minnesota. Dardanes defeated Brandon Wiest 15-7 before Dylan Ness picked up a solid overtime win against Kyle Bradley, to put Minnesota on top 14-0.
Cody Yohn would pick up his second win of the afternoon for the Gophers. Yohn took Missouri’s Zach Toal all three periods, before coming away with a 6-1 decision. He finished with over three minutes of riding time.
Minnesota’s final victories came from Kevin Steinhaus and Tony Nelson. Steinhaus took care of Claernce Neely in a 6-0 decision and Nelson would seal the deal for the Maroon and Gold when he scored 4-1 decision against Devon Mellon.
Semi Final: Minnesota 35, Kent State 3
Minnesota came out swinging in the semifinals of the NWCA/Cliff Clean National Duals. The Gophers took care of Kent State 35-3 in their first match of the afternoon on the campus of Rutgers. The Gophers picked up bonus points from Chris Dardanes, Nick Dardanes, Cody Yohn, Logan Storley and Kevin Steinhaus.
Chris Dardanes scored a 12-3 major decision against Steve Mitcheff and his brother Nick followed with a 12-4 major decision against Tyler Small.
Yohn got back on the winning side of things after scoring a first period fall against Ross Tice. Yohn picked up the bonus points at the 1:22 mark in the match.
Storley would take care of Brandon Johnson with a 13-3 major and Steinhaus picked up a 16-1 technical fall win against Casey Newburg. Tony Nelson wrapped up the first dual of the day for the Gophers with a 5-4 overtime victory. Nelson and Kent State’s Brandan Barlow went the full length in the extra session, with Nelson picking up the win with the riding time advantage.