WEST LAFAYETTE, In. -- The University of Minnesota wrestling program defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 27-12 on Friday night in Holloway Gymnasium in front of 788 in attendance.
The Gophers took home seven of the ten bouts, including three by bonus points.
Bailee O'Reilly got the first team points on the board for the Maroon and Gold with a 19-5 major decision at 165-pounds over Tanner Webster. O'Reilly scored in a variety of ways, whether takedowns, reversals, or escapes, to earn his first technical fall of the year.
Indiana native Brayton Lee ended the night in thrilling fashion with a 7-5 sudden victory in the dual's final bout. After falling behind early, Lee recorded three consecutive takedowns to send the Gophers, and his supporters, home happy.
At heavyweight, Gable Steveson also recorded his first technical fall of the season with a dominant 25-10 victory. Steveson put on an offensive showcase with 12 takedowns to notch his fourth ranked victory of the season.
Mitch McKee also earned the technical fall with a 16-1 domination of Parker Filius. McKee promptly got a takedown and turn in the first ten seconds before continuing to pour on the offensive points.
Owen Webster helped the Gophers retake the dual lead with an 8-6 decision victory over Max Lyon, who defeated him the team's dual last season. Webster got on the board first with a takedown and cradle before holding on for the victory.
Garrett Joles earned his first career Big Ten victory heading into intermission with a strong 6-2 decision that featured a pair of takedowns as well as a beautiful reversal.
Making his Division-1, Big Ten, and Gophers debut, Boo Dryden earned the 2-1 decision victory. Dryden scored via his third period escape and second period rideout while his opponent only scored due to a pair of stall warnings.
In the night's opening match, No.6 Kendall Coleman took home the narrow 3-1 decision over No.22 Ryan Thomas.
At 125-pounds Patrick McKee held a 5-3 lead over No.6 Devin Schroder before McKee's knee twisted and the bout flipped. Schroder would go on to earn the technical fall and McKee's injury status remains unknown.
Minnesota heads south to take on the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday afternoon to close out the weekend road trip.
The Maroon and Gold next return home for a February 9 dual against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the penultimate home dual.
157: No.6 Kendall Coleman dec. (3-1) over No.22 Ryan Thomas (Purdue leads 3-0)
165: Bailee O'Reilly tech. fall (20-5) over Tanner Webster (Minnesota leads 5-3)
174: No.4 Dylan Lydy majo dec. (14-4) over No.8 Devin Skatzka (Purdue leads 7-5)
184: No.18 Owen Webster dec. (8-6) Max Lyon (Minnesota leads 8-7)
197: Garrett Joles dec. (6-2) over Jared Florell (Minnesota leads 11-7)
285: No.1 Gable Steveson tech. fall (25-10) No.25 Thomas Penola (Minnesota leads 16-7)
125: No.6 Devin Schorder tech. fall (20-5) No.12 Pat McKee (Minnesota leads 16-12)
133: Boo Dryden dec. (2-1) over Travis Ford-Melton (Minnesota leads 19-12)
141: No.5 Mitch McKee tech. fall (16-1) Parker Fillius (Minnesota leads 24-12)
149: No.4 Brayton Lee SV1 (7-5) over No.17 Griffin Parriott (Minnesota wins 27-12)