No. 3 University of Minnesota wrestling came back from a 15-7 deficit to defeat Big Ten rival No. 11 University of Michigan, 23-15, at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis Friday night.
Michigan had rung up four straight wins from its middleweights (including 2011 NCAA champ Kellen Russell getting a fall at 141 pounds), and appeared to be headed towards an upset. However, Minnesota’s 174-pound freshman Logan Storley battled back from a deficit of his own to tie his match in the last seconds of regulation, then scored a takedown on Justin Zeerip in overtime to secure a 7-5 win, and launch a four-match win streak for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota’s Sonny Yohn propelled his team into the lead with an injury default win at 197.
With the win, Minnesota is now 9-2 overall for the season, and 6-0 in the Big Ten, while Michigan is 5-3 for the season, and 3-2 in the conference. In the long-standing Gophers-Wolverines series, Minnesota has edged ahead, 30-29-2.
- 125: No. 1 Zach Sanders (Minn) maj. dec. Grant Pizzo (Mich), 19-9
- 133: No. 7 Chris Dardanes (Minn) dec. No. 18 Zac Stevens (Mich), 5-1
- 141: No. 1 Kellen Russell (Mich) pinned Seth Lange (Minn), 2:28
- 149: No. 7 Eric Grajales (Mich) dec. No. 11 Dylan Ness (Minn), 5-3
- 157: Brandon Zeerip (Mich) dec. Alec Ortiz (Minn), 6-4
- 165: No. 17 Dan Yates (Mich) dec. No. 14 Cody Yohn (Minn), 7-2
- 174: No. 7 Logan Storley (Minn) dec. No. 5 Justin Zeerip (Mich), 7-5 SV
- 184: No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (Minn) maj. dec. Hunter Collins (Mich), 14-5
- 197: No. 6 Sonny Yohn (Minn) inj. def. win No. 15 Max Huntley (Mich), 3:18
- Hwt: No. 4 Tony Nelson (Minn) dec. over No. 11 Ben Apland (Mich), 3-2
Want to know more? Get distinctly different perspectives on the Gophers-Wolverines dual from Minnesota wrestling (with a link to photos from TheGuillotine.com) and Michigan wrestling.
Listen to this: InterMatWrestle.com has post-match audio interviews with Minnesota head coach J Robinson and wrestler Logan Storley… and Michigan coach Joe McFarland and mat champ Kellen Russell.
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