No. 2 Minnesota easily takes care of rival Wisconsin to stay unbeaten
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota was able to cruise past border rival Wisconsin in front of 4,217 fans at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday afternoon. The 28-6 victory allowed the Gophers to improve to 6-0 on the season and 3-0 in Big Ten competition.
The Gophers started the dual with two consecutive losses as Jordan Kingsley (10-7) and No. 10 David Thorn (14-3) fell to their Badger opponents.
Fifth-ranked Chris Dardanes and No. 2 Nick Dardanes were able to start the winning streak for the Gophers as they would go on to win eight consecutive bouts and eventually win the dual. Nick Dardanes' major decision against Rylan Lubeck gave the Golden Gophers their first lead of the dual, 7-6.
Brandon Kingsley was able to improve to 14-5 on the season with his second big win at 157 of the weekend. He was able to defeat Timothy Ruschell by decision 6-2.
Danny Zilverberg came away with a major decision against Frank Cousins Jr. of Wisconsin, 10-2 at 165 lbs and Kevin Steinhaus won by major decision against Dylan Iczkowski. Fifth-ranked Logan Storley entered the Gophers line up after sitting out on Friday evening and walked away with a 9-5 decision against Wisconsin's Scott Liegel.
Top-ranked Scott Schiller extended his undefeated season with a win against Timothy McCall of Wisconsin. His overall record is now 20-0 and he remains the only Golden Gopher with an undefeated record this season.
Top-ranked Tony Nelson bounced back after a sudden victory loss on Friday evening to win by decision against Badger heavyweight Connor Medbery.
No. 1 Penn State 34, Purdue 3
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Yet another sold-out crowd packed Rec Hall to watch Penn State take care of visiting Purdue in a Big Ten wrestling dual. More than 6,300 fans (the 15th consecutive home sellout for Penn State), saw head coach Cael Sanderson's squad win 9 of 10 to rout the Boilermakers 34-3.
Junior All-American Nico Megaludis, ranked No. 2 at 125, opened up the dual with a resounding 15-4 major against Purdue senior Camden Eppert. The Boilermakers got on the board at 133 when All-American Cashe Quiroga notched a 9-2 win against Lion freshman Jimmy Gulibon, who was ranked No. 9 at 133. True freshman Zain Retherford, undefeated and ranked No. 2 at 141, majored Purdue's Danny Sabatello 10-2 to put Penn State up 8-3.
Junior Andrew Alton, ranked No. 7 at 149, made his season dual meet debut with a 7-6 win against Brandon Nelsen, using 1:26 in riding time to post the victory. Twin brother Dylan Alton, ranked No. 5 at 157, was also making his season dual debut. Alton posted a 6-1 decision against Purdue's Dustin Schultz to put Penn State up 14-3 at intermission. Both Alton's had off-season shoulder surgeries that kept them out of dual action up until Sunday.
Senior All-American David Taylor, unbeaten and ranked No. 1 at 165, pinned Purdue's Chad Welch in the first period, putting Penn State up 20-3 at the 2:23 mark. The pin was the 47th of Taylor's career. Junior All-American Matt Brown, ranked No. 3 at 174, dominated Patrick Kissel at 174, posting a 14-4 major to put the Lions up 24-3.
Senior All-American Ed Ruth, ranked No. 2 at 184, posted a major himself, rolling up a 13-3 win against Purdue's Tanner Lynde. Sophomore Morgan McIntosh, ranked No. 8 at 197, was convincing in a 6-4 win against No. 16 Braden Atwood to put the Lions up 31-3. Junior Jimmy Lawson, ranked No. 12 at 285, closed out the dual with a resounding 8-1 win against Alex White, rolling up an even 4:00 in riding time in the process. The decision gave Penn State the 34-3 win.
No. 3 Iowa 38, Indiana 4
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa won nine of 10 bouts to defeat Indiana 38-4 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Hawkeyes (10-1, 3-0) scored bonus points in seven wins and won the only match featuring ranked opponents.
Third-ranked Bobby Telford used a four-point move in sudden victory to top seventh-ranked Adam Chalfant, 9-5, at heavyweight.
Indiana struck first, in a dual that started at 285 pounds, when Chalfant scored a takedown with 1:36 left in the first period.
Telford escaped in the first, allowed an escape in the second, and took his first lead of the match, 4-3, with a takedown in the third. Chalfant regained the lead with a reversal, but Telford escaped to send the match to overtime tied 5-5. A takedown and two near-fall points 35 seconds into the sudden victory period ended the bout.
The dual was nearly all Iowa after the heavyweight bout. Indiana (7-4, 0-3) forfeited at 125, and the Hawkeyes won three in a row by bonus-points to take a 23-0 lead into intermission. Tony Ramos recorded his ninth fall of the season at 133, and Josh Dziewa (141) and Brody Grothus (149) each scored major decisions.
After the break, Indiana's sixth-ranked Taylor Walsh defeated Michael Kelly 17-6 at 157, but Iowa rattled off four consecutive victories to close the dual.
Nick Moore (165), Sammy Brooks (184), and Nathan Burak (197) won by major decision, and Mike Evans won 6-2 at 174. The 38-4 final score was the largest margin of victory in the series since 1976, a 39-2 Iowa win.
No. 4 Oklahoma 27, No. 17 Iowa State 11
AMES, Iowa -- Fourth-ranked Oklahoma improved to 7-0 in dual competition on the season with a 27-11 win against conference foe No. 17 Iowa State Sunday afternoon inside Hilton Coliseum.
The Sooners, who are 2-0 in Big 12 matchups, won seven of the dual's 10 matches.
"We are happy to come away with the win," OU head coach Mark Cody said. "We can definitely take a lot away from this match. These last two matches were big tests for our program. The majority of our team are prepared every time they step on the mat. Our goal for the week is to have everyone prepared for Northern Iowa when it rolls into town next Sunday."
The contest began at 133 pounds, and redshirt sophomore and eighth-ranked Cody Brewer registered a 15-0 technical fall of Iowa State freshman Dakota Bauer.
No. 12 Nick Lester and No. 4 Kendric Maple both won by major decision at 141 pounds and 149 pounds, respectively. Lester topped redshirt freshman Gabe Moreno, 14-0, and Maple defeated redshirt junior Luke Goettl, 10-1.
At 157 pounds, redshirt junior Justin DeAngelis won a fourth consecutive match for the Sooners as he edged redshirt senior John Nicholson by decision, 8-5.
First-ranked Andrew Howe dominated No. 13 Tanner Weatherman at 174 pounds to remain perfect on the season at 14-0, including a 6-0 mark in dual competition. Howe won the match by technical fall, 22-7.
In the 184-pound bout, freshman Danny Chaid recorded an upset of No. 13 Boaz Beard of the Cyclones with a 6-5 decision.
Jarrod Patterson registered his sixth dual victory of the year as he topped Kyle Larson by decision, 5-0, in the 125-pound matchup.
The Sooners suffered three losses in the dual. Clark Glass fell to Iowa State's Michael Moreno by a 13-0 major decision at 165 pounds.
In the most-highly anticipated matchup of the afternoon, which pitted No. 3 Travis Rutt of OU against No. 2 Kyven Gadson of Iowa State at 197 pounds, Gadson won by sudden victory, 3-1. The loss was Rutt's first of the season.
No. 14 Ross Larson, a redshirt freshman, suffered a loss to Quean Smith by major decision, 13-2.
No. 6 Cornell 33, No. 19 Lehigh 7
ITHACA, N.Y. -- It was youth vs. youth when No. 6 Cornell wrestled No. 19 Lehigh on Sunday afternoon at Newman Arena, and the Big Red's young wrestlers came through. Behind eight wins, including four by its crew of underclassmen, the home team earned a 33-7 dual meet win against the Mountain Hawks to remain unbeaten at 4-0 on the season.
Cornell won the two feature matches before the intermission to take control of the dual, as ninth-ranked Chris Villalonga topped No. 10 Mitch Minotti at 149 pounds, 3-0, and freshman Brian Realbuto upset No. 8 Joey Napoli with an 8-0 major decision.
After a scoreless first period, Villalonga rode out Minotti in the second and took down to begin the third. The senior reversed Minotti midway through the period and added 1:26 of riding time to capture the match 3-0.
Realbuto dominated the unbeaten Napoli from the whistle, taking down the senior 18 seconds in and catching him for two near-fall points to make it 4-0 before capturing nearly three minutes of ride time. Napoli took bottom trailing 4-0, and not only did the rookie ride him out, but he also turned him for two more near-fall points to go into the final period with a 6-0 lead with ride time locked in. Realbuto escaped with 42 seconds to spare and used more than three minutes on top to take home the 8-0 major decision.
Nashshon Garrett had a fairly easy go of it at 125 pounds to open the dual, topping Darian Cruz 10-3. With three first period takedowns, the sophomore rolled to a 6-2 lead after one. Cruz scored the second period's only points with an escape, and a quick escape and a final takedown for Garrett, along with more than two minutes of riding time, made it a 10-3 final. The win was Garrett's 11th consecutive.
After Lehigh's sixth-ranked Mason Breckman topped Logan David 12-1 at 133 pounds to give Lehigh a 4-3 lead in the dual, senior Mike Nevinger responded with a dominant 11-0 major decision against Jim Carucci. After a scoreless first and leading just 3-0 heading into the third, Nevinger dominated the final period, earning two stall points from Carucci along with a takedown and a late three-point near-fall to complete the shutout, one of three on the day for Cornell.
At 165 pounds, freshman Dylan Palacio won a wild 17-8 major against Ben Haas. Haas got the initial takedown in the first period, but an illegal hold call on the Mountain Hawk and a Palacio escape tied it at 2-2 after the first three minutes. Palacio was able to reverse Haas early in the second and then used a cradle to pick up a pair of two-point near-fall scores to make it 8-2 heading into the third. The third was a flurry of scoring, as Palacio had three takedowns and reversed one by Haas, the final coming with two seconds left in the match to secure the major decision.
With Cornell leading the dual 18-4 heading into 174, Lehigh got back on the board when No. 17 Elliot Riddick outlasted Duke Pickett, 7-4. Riddick used a pair of second period takedowns and three overall to enter the final period up 6-3. With the visitor choosing down to start the third, Pickett tried to score from the top, nearly catching his ranked opponent twice, but Riddick was able to earn a late escape to neutralize Pickett's 1:24 in riding time to earn the decision.
In his first match since ending the 84-match win streak of Penn State's Ed Ruth, Gabe Dean dominated en route to a technical fall with 44 seconds left on the clock in the third, topping Zach Diekel 20-5. An early takedown and a three-point near-fall in the first gave Dean a comfortable lead, and he just built on it in the second. He escaped, then earned four takedowns of Diekel, who suffered an injury in the first period and toughed through the match. Dean made fast work of Diekel in the third with three quick takedowns on top of his more than three minutes of riding time that was already locked in to give Cornell the dual meet win with two matches remaining.
No. 9 Ohio State 18, No. 11 Illinois 16
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Trailing No. 11 Illinois 16-15 heading into the final match, No. 9 Ohio State got the 3-1 win it needed from heavyweight Nick Tavanello to secure its first Big Ten Conference win of the season. Tavanello, a redshirt-freshman, scored a takedown in sudden victory versus Chris Lopez to lift the Buckeyes (6-2; 1-2 Big Ten) against the Illini (6-3; 0-2 Big Ten) 18-16 Sunday afternoon in Huff Hall.
Down 7-0 early in the match, Ohio State owned the lead only once throughout the afternoon before the final score. After redshirt-junior and No. 3 Logan Stieber put the Buckeyes on the board in the 141-pound match with his 2:02 pin against Dominic Olivieri, senior Ian Paddock followed with a 10-4 win vs. No. 16 Caleb Ervin at 149 pounds to give the Scarlet and Gray their first lead (9-7) of the afternoon.
The Ohio State lead was brief as Illinois won three consecutive matches via decision between 157-174 pounds to take a 16-9 advantage. However, all three matches were close affairs with Buckeyes Randy Languis, Joe Grandominico and Mark Martin losing by a combined score of 16-10. Facing No. 15 Zac Brunson at 157 pounds, Languis dropped a 4-2 decision, while Grandominico lost a 5-2 decision to No. 12 Jackson Morse in the 165-pound match-up. It took an extra two minutes before Martin’s match against Tony Dallago was decided and it was after the first tiebreaker the score was 7-6 in Dallago’s favor.
The Buckeyes answered with three consecutive wins of their own, including Tavanello’s match winner. Redshirt-sophomore and No. 7 Kenny Courts began the run with an 8-1 victory vs. Nikko Reyes at 184 pounds. Down, 16-12, entering the 197-pound bout, senior Nick Heflin, ranked No. 4, faced Jeffrey Koepke and was a 2-1 victor, setting up the heavyweight match between Tavanello and Lopez.