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.

Bison milestone

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.

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