Minnesota grabs co-Big Ten dual title
Gophers finish 7-1 in league meets, tie Penn State for crown
Last Updated - February 6, 2012 12:12 GMT
Minnesota earned the Big Ten dual meet title as the Gophers raced by Nebraska on Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- No. 4 Minnesota grabbed a part of the Big Ten dual championship Sunday after racing by No. 7 Nebraska 26-7 inside the Sports Pavilion. Minnesota won eight matches in front of 3,663 fans and finished the Big Ten portion of its schedule at 7-1, tying Penn State for the crown.
Freshman Logan Storley picked up the Gophers' first win on the afternoon. Storley was in a dogfight until the end, but was able to pull away with the 5-2 decision after being honored before the dual with the Junior Hodge trophy, given to the nation’s top high school wrestler in the country. Former NCAA heavyweight, WWE and UFC champion Brock Lesnar presented the award.
Kevin Steinhaus took the mat next for Minnesota in the afternoon’s highlighted match. Steinhaus, ranked No.8, scored a takedown with one second left to seal the 3-2 decision against Nebraska’s No. 7 Josh Ihnen.
No. 2 Penn State 34, No. 12 Michigan 7 No. 4 Minnesota 26, No. 7 Nebraska 7 No. 5 Iowa 39, Wisconsin 3 No. 6 Ohio State 24, Michigan State 13 No. 13 Missouri 25, No. 10 Oklahoma 12 No. T14 Kent State 28, Eastern Michigan 10 No. 25 Old Dominion 18, No. 22 Central Mich. 17
Sonny Yohn then scored a 6-1 decision against Spencer Johnson and Tony Nelson continued his hot streak after picking up an overtime win against the Huskers' Tucker Lane. Lane shot a single leg midway through the extra session, but Nelson was able to block it and turn it into his own takedown to win the match 3-1 and put the Gophers on top 12-3 at halftime. It was Nelson's 13th consecutive victory.
After the intermission, Zach Sanders took care of Nebraska’s Shawn Nagel, beating him by a 24-13 major decision. Sanders is now 21-1 on the season and climbing the Gophers' all-time wins list.
Both Chris and Nick Daradanes picked up solid wins for Minnesota. Nick Dardanes scored a 15-6 major decision against the Huskers' Ridge Kiley before brother Chris picked up a 3-2 victory against Jake Sueflohn.
The final points for Minnesota came from Dylan Ness, who pulled out a 9-4 decision against NU's Brandon Wilbourn.