Tony Nelson's victory sends Minnesota to 18-17 win against Penn State
MINNEAPOLIS -- Second-ranked Minnesota upset No. 1 Penn State 18-17 on Sunday in front of 5,603 fans at the Sports Pavilion. With the victory, the Gophers clinched a share of the 2014 Big Ten Dual Meet Championship.
The dual started with a bout at 125 between No. 2 Nico Megaludis of Penn State and Jordan Kingsley of Minnesota. Kingsley was unable to top second-ranked Megaludis and fell by major decision giving the Nittany Lions an opportunity to pull ahead by four early on.
No. 8 David Thorn won by decision against No. 16 Jimmy Gulibon allowing the Gophers to come within one of the Nittany Lions after the second bout.
No. 6 Chris Dardanes rejoined the starting lineup at 141 but ultimately fell to No. 2 Zain Retherford allowing Penn State to lead 7-3 going into 149. No. 3 Nick Dardanes came away with a victory in the second 30-second sudden victory, catching the Gophers up to the Nittany Lions 7-6.
No. 8 Dylan Ness had the crowd on its feet after an electrifying victory at 157 against No. 4 Dylan Alton of Penn State by fall at 5:23. The Gophers went into the intermission leading 12-7.
After the half, Danny Zilverberg fell by major decision to No. 1 David Taylor 13-3 but the Gophers held onto the lead 12-11.
No. 6 Logan Storley came up big for the Gophers as he defeated No. 3 Matt Brown by decision 8-3, allowing the Golden Gophers to sit at a 14-11 advantage. The Gophers would lose the next two duals as No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus and No. 1 Scott Schiller were unable to defeat their Penn State opponents. The loss for Schiller ended a 24-bout winning streak. After the two Gophers losses at 174 and 184, Minnesota was down by three with one bout to decide it all.
No. 5 Tony Nelson was able to win it for the Gophers with a 6-0 decision against Jonathan Gingrich. This victory broke a three-bout losing streak for the heavyweight.
No. 3 Iowa 26, No. 11 Michigan 6
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Seniors Tony Ramos and Derek St. John exited Mediacom Mat as winners for the final time Sunday afternoon, leading No. 3 Iowa to a 26-6 win against No. 11 Michigan inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
St. John, ranked No. 2 at 157, scored a takedown in the final period to defeat No. 14 Brian Murphy 3-1, and Ramos scored takedowns in each period to defeat No. 19 Rossi Bruno 6-1.
St. John finished his career with a 31-1 mark inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and Ramos had his hand raised for the 34th time in 34 career matches on his home turf.
Eight Hawkeyes got the job done against Wolverines (10-4, 6-2), who entered the dual one-half match ahead of Iowa in the conference standings. Seven Hawkeyes won by decision, Mike Evans won by tech fall, and the Hawkeyes owned a 17-3 advantage in takedowns.
Evans used three takedowns and eight nearfall points to defeat Collin Zeerip 16-0 at 174. It was his team-best sixth technical fall of the year, and it was among a string of six consecutive wins for Iowa.
No. 12 Brody Grothus started Iowa's stretch with a 17-14 win against No. 7 Eric Grajales at 149.
St. John followed Grothus with a win at 157 to give Iowa a 12-3 lead at intermission.
No. 4 Nick Moore then defeated No. 6 Dan Yates 8-2 to earn his second consecutive win against a top-10 opponent. Evan's tech fall at 174 extended Iowa's lead to 20-3. Sammy Brooks earned his third win aginst a ranked opponent with a 9-4 decision against No. 16 Domenic Abounader at 184, and Nathan Burak extended Iowa's lead to 26-3 with a 4-1 win at 197.
The dual opened at 125, where Cory Clark recorded a 4-1 win against No. 19 Conor Youtsey.
Iowa was three points shy of sweeping 10 bouts.
Michigan's No. 13 Steve Dutton used a third-period takedown to defeat No. 9 Josh Dziewa at 141, and -- after the second tiebreak period -- No. 2 Adam Coon used a 6-second advantage in riding time to defeat No. 3 Bobby Telford at 285.
The Hawkeyes improved to 13-2 overall, 6-1 in the conference. With a win Feb. 23 at No. 15 Wisconsin, Iowa has a chance to share the Big Ten regular season title with Minnesota and Penn State.
No. 5 UNI 19, Kent State 18
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI wrestling got wins from five Panthers to beat Kent State by criteria 19-18 in the teams’ first meeting.
The Panthers got a strong start from top-ranked Joe Colon (133 pounds) with his ninth tech fall this season. He is third in the nation for most tech falls among Division I wrestlers. However, Kent State went on to win the next three to put the Golden Flashes ahead 11-8.
It was No. 11 Cooper Moore (165 pounds) who broke KSU’s streak with a 5-4 decision against Tyler Buckwalter. Cody Caldwell (174 pounds) followed it up with a 6-1 decision against NCAA qualifier Caleb Marsh.
Ryan Loder (184 pounds) faced No. 13 Sam Wheeler, the only wrestler ranked by InterMat who made the trip for Kent State. Loder secured his top spot in the conference with his decision. Wheeler is ranked second in the MAC.
His win put the Panthers up 14-11. However, a major decision loss for Basil Minto (197 pounds) gave KSU the winning edge 15-14. A decision loss by Blaize Cabell (heavyweight) left it up to Dylan Peters for the team win.
No. 6 Peters (125 pounds) got the major decision the Panthers needed to tie up the dual 18-18. The Panthers’ perfect season came down to criteria. UNI earned 59 match points compared to KSU’s 58.
No. 8 Oklahoma State 29, No. 10 Oklahoma 9
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Eighth-ranked Oklahoma State finished Big 12 competition with an unblemished 3-0 record, defeating in-state rival and No. 10 Oklahoma 29-9 on Sunday in front of more than 5,000 fans. The Pokes are now 8-4 on the season, winning four consecutive duals.
OSU redeemed an early season loss to the Sooners in a non-conference dual in December.
Bonus points came early in Gallagher-Iba Arena as No. 20 Eddie Klimara stuck Sean Williams, who replaced an injured Jarrod Patterson, early in the second period, giving the Cowboys a swing of momentum heading into a top-10 matchup at 133 pounds.
No. 4 Jon Morrison improved to 5-0 in the series against No. 7 Cody Brewer, earning a 7-3 decision. He is 6-1 against ranked opponents on the season.
Anthony Collica, ranked 20th in the nation at 141 pounds, shut out returning All-American Nick Lester 4-0. It was his second win against Lester this season.
Another top-10 matchup was in order at 149 pounds as No. 10 Josh Kindig faced No. 2 Kendric Maple. Kindig scored the first points in the bout with a second-period escape, but he could not overcome Maple’s attacks and was handed a 7-3 loss.
No. 2 Alex Dieringer answered by adding five more points for the Pokes with his 18-2 technical fall against OU’s Dryden Dennis, who filled in for Justin DeAngelis. The bout was finished in a little less than 6 minutes, with Dieringer collecting a heap of points, including five takedowns and two nearfalls.
At 165 pounds, No. 5 Tyler Caldwell defeated Clark Glass for the second time this season, pulling out a 5-1 win.
Chris Perry, ranked No. 2 in the nation, was denied a much-anticipated rematch against top-ranked Andrew Howe at 174 pounds. He instead faced off against Derek Geiges, who he pinned in 1:51.
At 184 pounds, Jordan Rogers took on Andrew Howe and was defeated 9-2.
Nolan Boyd bumped up to 197 pounds, where he went head-to-head with No. 4 Travis Rutt. Boyd earned four escapes, but it was not enough as Rutt walked away with a 9-4 victory.
No. 19 Austin Marsden closed out the dual with a win, scoring five points in the final 10 seconds to defeat Zach Merrill 8-2.