Minnesota dominates Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Golden Gophers wrestling team took down the Indiana Hoosiers 38-9 on Sunday afternoon behind four pins in the first six matches.

Bailee O'Reilly, Owen Webster, Hunter Ritter, and Gable Steveson all pinned their opponents to earn the Gophers a combined 24 team points. The four pins are their most this season in a dual.

O'Reilly and Webster pinned their opponents in the second period while Ritter and Steveson took care of business in the first period.

All three of Steveson's pins this season have come in the first period with each coming quicker and quicker. His first took 2:20, his second took 1:12, and Sunday's fall came at the 56 second mark.

Finishing his first road trip back in his home state of Indiana Brayton Lee earned his second decision victory of the weekend. On Friday night against Purdue he also ended the dual for the Gophers with a victory.

Ben Brancale made his first dual appearance for the Gophers since February 16, 2018, a span of 716 days, in his relief appearance for No.5 Mitch McKee. Brancale took advantage of the opportunity and earned the 8-3 decision with three takedowns.

In his second dual against his former school, Devin Skatzka once again came out victorious. Skatzka put on an offensive show with a technical fall in two minutes boosted by two takedowns and four four-point nearfalls.

Last season he defeated Jacob Covaciu by 8-3 decision.

The Maroon and Gold got their hand raised in eight individual bouts, with the exception being the forfeit at 125-pounds and sudden victory loss at 133-pounds.

The victory marks career win 40 for head coach Brandon Eggum in his four years at the helm

Minnesota returns home for a February 9 dual against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the penultimate home dual against the defending national champions.

157: No.22 Ryan Thomas SV1 (9-7) Fernie Silva (Minnesota leads 3-0)
165: Bailee O'Reilly fall (4:09) Dillon Hoey (Minnesota leads 9-0)
174: No.8 Devin Skatzka tech. fall (16-1) Diego Lemley (Minnesota leads 14-0)
184: No.18 Owen Webster fall (4:13) Jake Hinz (Minnesota leads 26-0)
197: Hunter Ritter fall (2:09) Nick Willham (Minnesota leads 26-0)
285: No.1 Gable Steveson fall (0:56) Rudy Streck (Minnesota leads 32-0)
125: Liam Cronin by forfeit (Minnesota leads 32-6)
133: Cayden Rooks SV2 (5-3) Boo Dryden (Minnesota leads 32-9)
141: Ben Brancale dec. (8-3) over Eddie Bolivar (Minnesota leads 35-9)
149: No.4 Brayton Lee dec. Graham Rooks (Minnesota wins 38-9)


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