BROOKINGS, S.D. -- The Minnesota wrestling program defeated the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 22-10 in a Friday evening dual that saw the Gophers win seven-of-ten on the road across the border.
At 125 pounds Patrick McKee got the Gophers started as he battled hard in his bout against Danny Vega. After surrendering the initial takedown McKee got a key reversal and proceeded to rack up over two minutes in riding time. McKee would add another reversal, and the riding time point, en route a 6-4 decision.
After getting a takedown only 28 seconds into the bout, 141-pound Mitch McKee worked towards a 6-1 decision with 4:29 in riding time. McKee dominated in the top position with his massive amount of riding time plus two stall calls and a rideout of the entire second period.
In the evening's most anticipated bout, No.5 Brayton Lee earned a 4-3 victory over Henry Pohlmeyer. The first period proved crucial as both men secured takedowns, but only Lee earned the one-point escape. Still, the two would've remained tied at three if it weren't for Lee's riding time advantage of over two minutes. So, Lee earned the 4-3 decision victory.
In the final match before intermission, Carson Brolsma wound up victorious 6-4. After taking an early lead Brolsma would add another takedown, plus the riding time point, with his efforts in the final stanza.
Bailee O'Reilly got the Gophers started out of the intermission with a 9-5 decision victory at 165-pounds. O'Reilly scored in a variety of ways with a takedown, two reversals, a two-point nearfall, and a riding time point.
Senior Devin Skatzka took care of business against a true freshman, Cade King, with a 6-1 decision. After a first period that Skatzka ride King for 2:53, the 2019 All-American secured his decision.
The Jackrabbits took their lone lead in the match when Zach Price got the 10-0 major decision over Brent Jones at 133-pounds in the second bout of the evening.
The home team's other victory came at 184-pounds when No.17 Zach Carlson maintained his ranking superiority over No.18 Owen Webster.
At 197-pounds Hunter Ritter made his Gophers dual debut after going 11-2 in tournaments this season. A two-time NCAA Qualifier from Wisconsin, Ritter
Sophomore Gable Steveson made his season debut with a 21-8 major victory over Blake Wolters. Steveson racked up ten takedowns on the night.
There were three bouts between Minnesota natives and the Gophers came out on top of all three of them.
125: Patrick McKee (MINN) dec. Danny Vega (SDSU), 6-4
133: Zach Price (SDSU) major dec. Brent Jones (MINN), 10-0
141: Mitchell McKee (MINN) dec. Clay Carlson (SDSU), 6-1
149: Brayton Lee (MINN) dec. Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU), 4-3
157: Carson Brolsma (MINN) dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 6-3
165: Bailee O'Reilly (MINN) dec. Garrett Jordan (SDSU), 9-4
174: Devin Skatzka (MINN) dec. Cade King (SDSU), 6-1
184: Zach Carlson (SDSU) dec. Owen Webster (MINN), 4-1
197: Tanner Sloan (SDSU) dec. Hunter Ritter (MINN), 5-0
285: Gable Steveson (MINN) major dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 21-8