STILLWATER, Okla. — No. 3 Minnesota was crowned NWCA National Dual Champions Sunday evening. Minnesota defeated No.1 Oklahoma State 18-13 in front of a sea of orange.
Minnesota made history Sunday defeating Iowa (16-15) and Oklahoma State, in route to being crowned champions. It was the first win against Iowa since Feb. 18, 2007 (29-13) and the first win against Oklahoma State, since Dec. 6, 2006 (21-15). Like Sunday, when the Gophers beat the Cowboys back in 2006, OSU was No. 1 and Minnesota was No. 3 in the country.
The dual started out at 125 pounds and senior Zach Sanders got the Gophers started off on the right foot. Sanders faced Jonathon Morrison, who is ranked No. 14 in nation. The Wabasha, Minn., native rebounded from his loss earlier in the day by picking up a 5-2 decision.
After a loss from Chris Dardanes, his brother Nick took the mat for Minnesota and gave the Maroon and Gold a boost, with a 10-4 decision. That victory gave the Gophers a 6-4 lead.
The Cowboys would take the next two matches (149 pounds and 157 pounds) from the Gophers, but Cody Yohn picked up his fourth consecutive win when he scored a 4-2 overtime win against Dallas Bailey. The win in the extra session pulled the Gophers within one (10-9) of OSU.
Kevin Steinhaus would pick up the team after a Logan Storley loss (4-0 decision) to Chris Perry. Steinhaus scored a key 4-1 decision, to make the score 13-12, in favor of the Cowboys.
Sonny Yohn would pick up a 3-1 decision against Blake Rosholt to give Minnesota a 15-13 lead. It was the first lead for the Maroon and Gold since after Nick Dardanes win at 141 pounds.
Tony Nelson would seal the deal for the second time Sunday. Nelson took care of the Cowboys Austin Marsden (8-1 decision) who stepped in place of OSU’s top heavyweight Alan Gelogaev, who was out with an injury.