A technical fall by third-ranked Brett Pfarr at 197 pounds boosted the Gophers to a 17-16 victory over Wisconsin in a Big Ten wrestling dual Sunday in Madison.
The victory completed a weekend road sweep for the 17th-ranked Gophers and puts them two matches above .500 for the first time since early November, at 9-7 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten.
“There was great fight today,” Gophers coach J Robinson said. “I thought that’s what we did, we fought really good. That’s a good thing. I like the fight.”
The teams split the 10 bouts. Pfarr’s tech fall came in the first match after halftime, a 17-2 win over Nic Veling that finished with a four-point near fall at the end of the second period. The win was Minnesota’s only bonus-point victory on the afternoon, and it gave the Gophers the lead for the first time in the dual.
With the dual’s result depending on the winner of the 141-pound bout, No. 7 Tommy Thorn captured the victory for Minnesota with a 6-0 shutout of Luke Rowh.
Minnesota closes its Big Ten season Friday at Illinois.
Hayden Zillmer of Crosby, Minn., earned his 100th career wrestling victory for North Dakota State in a 45-3 dual victory over Grand Canyon in Phoenix. Zillmer, a senior, reached the milestone with one of the Bison’s four pins Sunday and became the third NDSU wrestler to win 100 matches in the Division I era. Zillmer, ranked No. 5, is 26-3.
U golfers in 10th
Junior Emie Peronnin was tied for third and the Gophers women’s golf team was in 10th place after Day 1 of the three-day UCF Challenge in Orlando. The Gophers were at 19 over par, a stroke behind host Central Florida and two behind Wisconsin in the 18-team field. Houston, at 7-over 295, leads.
Peronnin was among five players at even-par 72, one shot off the leaders — Missouri’s Michelle Butler and Tulane’s Emily Penttila at 1-under 71.
U tennis team falls
The Gophers’ Matic Spec dropped a three-set decision to Wisconsin’s Josef Dodridge at No. 1 singles in what became the decisive match in a 4-3 Badgers victory in a Big Ten tennis dual at the Baseline Tennis Center. Ruben Weber and Marino Alpeza of the Gophers won at No. 1 doubles and posted singles wins at No. 2 and No. 5, respectively.
• Coach Chuck Merzbacher recorded his 400th victory as the host Gophers women’s tennis team closed out the Courtside Classic with a 5-2 victory over New Mexico.