COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Gophers wrestling team, fresh off its victory over previously undefeated Penn State last week, took the first step toward winning a third consecutive National Duals title on Sunday at St. John Arena.
Behind pins by David Thorn and Dylan Ness, the top-ranked Gophers routed No. 20 North Dakota State 35-3 in the quarterfinals on Sunday. Minnesota, which had a first-round bye, will face No. 13 Ohio State at noon Monday in the semifinals. The Buckeyes defeated Kent State 32-4 in the quarters.
No. 4 Cornell and No. 10 Oklahoma will wrestle in the other semifinal. The championship match is at 3 p.m.
The Gophers won the first five matches for a 22-0 lead. Sam Brancale opened at 125 pounds with a major decision. Thorn followed at 133 by pinning Justin LaValle in 3:34. Chris Dardanes and Nick Dardanes followed with decisions at 141 and 149, respectively.
Ness, who got a key win by fall that swung the match against Penn State in the Gophers’ favor, pinned NDSU’s Nick Olejnik in 4:14 at 157.
The Bison scored their only victory at 165, when No. 3 Steve Monk decisioned Danny Zilverberg 8-5. The Gophers closed the match with decisions by Logan Storley (174), Kevin Steinhaus (184) and Scott Schiller (197), and a major by Michael Kroells (heavyweight).
Staff, News Services
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|Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann||3|
|Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle||5||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber||0|
|LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson||2||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer||5|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Norris||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Tazawa||4|
|Minnesota - LP: K. Correia||4||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: B. Chen||5|
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|Houston||1||Top 4th Inning|
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|Pittsburgh - W. Rodriguez|
|Atlanta - E. Santana||6:10 PM|
|NY Mets - B. Colon|
|NY Yankees - I. Nova||6:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - C. Archer|
|Seattle - R. Elias||6:10 PM|
|Miami - H. Alvarez|
|Chicago WSox - J. Quintana||7:05 PM|
|Texas - C. Lewis|
|Philadelphia - K. Kendrick||7:10 PM|
|Colorado - J. Lyles|
|Arizona - M. Bolsinger||7:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - D. Haren|
|San Francisco - T. Hudson||7:40 PM|
|San Diego - E. Stults|
|Golden State||61||3rd Qtr 8:12|
|Houston||0||2nd Half 44:55|
|New England||1||2nd Half|
|San Jose||5:00 PM|
|Los Angeles||6:00 PM|
|Toronto FC||7:30 PM|
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