MINNEAPOLIS – No. 4 Minnesota took to its home mat at the Sports Pavilion for the final time during the regular season Sunday as five Gophers marked major decision wins while Cody Yohn, the lone senior in the starting lineup, tallied a fall to help the team to a 32-6 victory against Michigan State on Senior Day.
Michigan State got on the board first with a win in the opening 133-pound bout. In the overtime match, Brandon Fifield caught Randy Hanson, filling in for Chris Dardanes, with a takedown for the 7-5 sudden victory. Nick Dardanes (141 pounds) and Dylan Ness (149) answered with consecutive major decisions to put Minnesota ahead in the dual, a lead it would keep for the remainder match. Dardanes poured the pressure on Nick Trimble and scored an 18-6 major, with 2:48 of riding time. Ness met Dan Osterman and dominated the mat to a 17-6 finish.
Yohn (165) ignited the Pavilion with a thrilling bout before intermission. The senior racked up a takedown and a near fall for a 5-0 advantage before ultimately pinning Nick Proctor on his back at the 1:24 mark. It was his first winning fall on home turf since joining the Minnesota squad five years ago.
Out of break, Minnesota’s big boys went undefeated once again, with three of the four heaviest weights collecting major decisions. Logan Storley (174) bested Jordan Wohlfert by a 13-4 score, followed by Kevin Steinhaus’ defeat of John Rizqallah with the day’s largest margin of victory (15-2) at 184 pounds. At 197 pounds, Scott Schiller marked the team’s fifth and final major (11-3) against Luke Jones, while gathering 3:11 of riding time.
Tony Nelson (133 pounds) matched up against the Spartans’ sole ranked individual, Michael McClure. Nelson notched an escape and a takedown in the second period and then rode McClure for much of the remaining clock, resulting in a bonus point for 3:04 of riding time. The competition ended at 125 pounds, where Minnesota’s Corey Hodowanic wrestled for a 2-1 decision against Brenan Lyon.