MINNEAPOLIS — No. 1 Minnesota defeated No. 25 Hofstra 32-6 Friday night at the Sports Pavilion to open the 2012-13 dual season with style. The Gophers were victorious in eight of the 10 bouts.
The night opened with the 125-pound weight class where No. 13 David Thorn kick-started his season with a thrilling upset victory against No. 4 Steve Bonanno. Up 4-1 in the first period, Thorn capitalized on a takedown for the 3:00 pin as the clock ran down.
No. 5 Chris Dardanes followed at 133. After two silent periods, Dardanes scored three takedowns and a reversal and added one point for riding time in the third to come out on top 9-5.
Hofstra got on board in the 141-pound bout when No. 10 Luke Vaith outlasted No. 8 Nick Daradanes for a 6-4 decision to earn three points for the Pride. Matt Spataro earned the second victory for the Pride at 149 after adding an extra point for 1:26 of riding time to push him to a 5-4 win.
Seth Lange notched a sudden victory against Tyler Banks, scoring a takedown in the fourth overtime period. His win lifted the energy in the gym and put the Gophers back on track. No. 8 Cody Yohn was next on the mat and dominated Nick Terdick. He gathered five near falls in the first two periods on the way to a 15-0 technical fall.
No. 5 Logan Storley, No. 4 Kevin Steinhaus and No. 10 Scott Schiller each scored major decisions in their respective weights. Storley took down Jermaine John 12-1 at 174 while Steinhaus shut out Taras Luzhnyy 10-0 at 184 pounds. At 197, Schiller defeated Victor Pozsonyi by a 14-4 major.
No. 1 Tony Nelson capped the night with a 6-3 decision against Hofstra’s Paul Snyder in the 285-pound bout. Nelson sandwiched a pair of takedowns around an escape and collected 2:17 of riding time for the victory.