On Super Bowl Sunday, the 7th ranked Minnesota Gopher wrestling team played host to the Purdue Boilermakers for a dual meet at Maturi Pavillion before a rousing crowd of 2,900 Gopher faithful. The fans were not disappointed as the Gophers won 7 of 10 matches, for a 24-11 win, to extend the Gopher’s Big 10 dual meet streak to five straight.
The Gophers, won six straight matches to take a commanding 20-0 lead.
Starting at 125 pounds, 6th ranked Gopher Sean Russell returned to action following an injury, with a 9-0 major decision over Purdue’s 19th ranked Devin Shroeder.
At 133, the Gophers’ Ethan Lizak (ranked 8th) defeated Purdue’s Devin Schroeder (ranked 14th) in a 5-3 decision.
10th ranked Gopher Mitch McKee followed at 141 with a 9-3 win over Nate Limmex of Purdue. At 149
All American and 19th ranked Tommy Thorn (Minnesota) wrestled won in commanding fashion with a 16-3 major decision over Purdue’s Parker Filius.
At 157, was Gopher Steve Bleise, ranked 8th up against Purdue’s 13th ranked Griffin Parriott, in what turned out to be one of two matches decided by takedowns in overtime. Bliese came out on top with a 5-3 victory in the first period of sudden victory overtime.
Minnesota’s Carson Brolsma, wrestling at 165, defeated Cole Wysocki of Purdue by a score of 5-3.
Then Boilermaker’s first victory came at 174 pounds when 10th ranked Dylan Lydy defreated Minnesota’s Devin Skatzka in overtime by a score of 6-4, staring a run of three victories for the Boilermaker’s.
At 184, Purdue’s Max Lyon beat the Gopher’s Owen Webster 5-2.
At 197, Purdue’s 12th ranked Christian Brunner dominated Gopher Dylan Anderson with a Technical Fall at 5:22 of the third period, winning by a score of 18-1.
Purdue’s win streak ended there, as undefeated and top ranked Gopher Freshman sensation Gable Steveson won a 16-6 major decision over Jacob Aven of Purdue, at 285 pounds.
With the victory at Purdue, the Gophers’ dual meet record for the 2018-19 season stands at 12-2.
Next up, the Gophers travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take on the #10 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers this Friday Feb. 8, at 7:00 PM. They will then return home to host the Maryland Terrapins on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Maturi Pavillion at 1:00 PM.
Article by David Kundin.