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Minnesota Athletics | February 3, 2014

Schiller, Minnesota defeat Indiana

MINNEAPOLIS -- Third-ranked Minnesota was able to claim its ninth win of the season as it defeated No. 21 Indiana in its second-to-last home dual of the season. The Gophers won eight bouts on the afternoon en route to a 35-6 win versus the Hoosiers. The Gophers are 9-1 on the season and 6-1 in Big Ten competition.

A 157-pound start had No. 8 Dylan Ness up first for the Golden Gophers as he expected to face No. 7 Taylor Walsh. Instead, he faced unranked Alex Gregory and won by major decision and started the Gophers off with a four-point lead.

From there, the Gophers were on a roll and won the next four bouts as Danny Zilverberg, No. 6 Logan Storley, No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus and No. 1 Scott Schiller all came up with wins for the Gophers. Schiller picked up his 24th consecutive victory to continue his undefeated season as he pinned Cheney Dale of Indiana in 2:37. Schiller remains the only undefeated Gopher.

The Gophers were able to pick up three major decisions and one fall in the first five bouts to put Minnesota up 21-0 going into intermission.

Fourth-ranked Tony Nelson, who had three losses going into the dual, was unable to top No. 6 Adam Chalfant as he lost by decision 3-2 in regulation. This is is first regulation loss of the year, the other three came in overtime. Nelson is now 21-4 on the season for the Gophers as he continues his quest toward his third consecutive national championship title.

Reigning Big Ten Wrestler of the Week and Flowrestling Brute Wrestler of the Week, Sam Brancale, was able to come away with a major decision against Indiana's Alonzo Shepherd 15-3.

Ninth-ranked David Thorn followed Schiller's suit at 133 as he was able to pin Chris Caton at 2:26.

At 141 pounds, Corey Hodowanic stepped in for the the first time this season for Chris Dardanes. Hodowanic was unable to come away with a win for the Gophers as he was defeated by Trevor Moody of Indiana.

Nick Dardanes added four points at the end of the daul to extend the Gophers score to 35 with a major decision versus Eric Roach.

No. 1 Penn State 32, No. 11 Michigan 9

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Top-ranked Penn State handled No. 11 Michigan 32-9 in a Super Bowl Sunday showdown, in a battle between the conference's final two unbeaten teams. By virtue of the win, Penn State clinched at least a share of the 2014 Big Ten regular season title, riding three consecutive technical falls to a lop-sided win. Head coach Cael Sanderson's crew won eight of ten bouts in the victory.

With two-time All-American Nico Megaludis, ranked No. 2 at 125, not making the weekend trip due to illness, sophomore Jordan Conaway got the nod at 125 and controlled Conor Youtsey for a strong 9-4 win. 16th-ranked Jimmy Gulibon then silenced a raucous sell-out crowd with a strong 9-0 major over Rossi Bruno at 133. True freshman Zain Retherford, ranked No. 2 at 141, remained unbeaten with a dominating 7-1 win over No. 13 Steve Dutton, rolling up 2:20 in riding time in the process and putting Penn State up 10-0

At 149, junior Andrew Alton nearly pulled off an upset of No. 7 Eric Grajales. Alton bolted out to an 8-5 lead and led by two late. But a last second Grajales takedown ended with a Michigan fall at the 6:56 mark, briefly cutting into Penn State's lead. But All-American Dylan Alton, ranked No. 4 at 157, responded in fine fashion with a thrilling 3-1 (SV2) decision over No. 14 Brian Murphy, sending Penn State into halftime with a 13-6 lead.

After intermission, three-time All-American David Taylor, ranked No. 1 at 165, posted yet another impressive win over a top-ten opponent, rolling through No. 6 Dan Yates on his way to a 17-2 tech fall at the 5:13 mark. All-American Matt Brown ranked No. 3 at 174, posted a tech fall of his own, notching a 21-6 win at the 5:35 mark over UM's Collin Zeerip. At 184, three-time All-American Ed Ruth, ranked No. 2 nationally, made it three consecutive tech falls, rolling to a 17-2 win over No. 20 Domenic Abounader at the 5:39 mark to put Penn State up 28-6.

Seventh-ranked sophomore Morgan McIntosh continued the bonus point parade at 197, majoring Chris Heald 17-1. Junior Jon Gingrich nearly upset No. 2 Adam Coon, but the Wolverine heavyweight fought off a late Gingrich shot to escape with a 2-1 win. Still, the Lions' eight wins led to a 32-9 victory and kept Penn State unbeaten on the year.

Penn State won the takedown battle with a 31-5 edge. Taylor improves to 23-0 on the year with 11 pins, seven tech falls and five majors. He his 123-3 all-time, seventh on Penn State's career wins list. He moves to 31-0 in Big Ten duals and is 52-0 all-time against Big Ten competition. Ruth is now 22-1 on the year with eight pins, eight tech falls and six majors. He is 124-3 on the year, sixth all-time at Penn State. Ruth improves to 31-0 in Big Ten duals and is 53-0 all-time against Big Ten competition.

Retherford remains unbeaten on the year with a 23-0 record, including four pins, two tech falls and seven majors. Dylan Alton is also unbeaten at 15-0 with three pins and a major. Brown moves to 23-1 with six pins, four tech falls and seven majors while McIntosh improves to 22-2 with four pins and ten majors.

Penn State is now 13-0 on the year, 7-0 in Big Ten duals, clinching at least a share of the Big Ten regular season (dual meet) crown. Michigan moves to 9-3, 5-1.

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