CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The Minnesota wrestling team will move on to the semifinals of the 2010 Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals with their convincing 25-9 win over Central Michigan on Saturday. The fifth seeded Gophers (5-2) and fourth seeded Chippewas (8-1) each won their opening round match to meet in the quarterfinals. Central Michigan entered the match unbeaten on the season at 8-0, before Minnesota handed them their first loss. Much like their previous match of the day, the Gophers opened very strong in the lighter weights, winning the first five matches before the Chippewas scored a victory. Entering the match ranked No. 5 in the country, Central Michigan won just three matches against the No. 6 Golden Gophers. Zach Sanders (Wabasha, Minn.), Jayson Ness (Bloomington, Minn.), Mike Thorn (St. Michael, Minn.) and Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.) all won to start the first match of the day, and did so again against Central Michigan. The added bonus this time, was Joe Grygelko (Greenfield, Minn.) winning at 157 to make five straight for the Gophers to open the match. Grygelko evened his season record to 6-6 after a narrow 3-2 win. With the match tied 2-2 late, and escape by Grygelko gave him the lead he needed. In the final minute, he was able to avoid giving up any points for win, extending the Gophers lead in the match to 16-0. The first 13 of those points came on decisions from Sanders, Ness and Thorn and a major by Mason. Sixth ranked Sanders notched a 5-2 win at 125, while second Ness won 14-7 at 133 over ninth ranked Scotti Sentes. Ness improves to 19-0 on the season and has now won 21 straight matches. No. 7 Thorn scored a 10-5 win at 141, and at 149, No. 18 Mason notched his first major decision since the Bison open with a 19-8 tally After Central Michigan got their first win at 165, red hot Scott Glasser (Bismarck, N.D.) continued his tear through opponents. Faced with his third straight foe in the top-11, Glasser used a pair of takedowns to earn a 4-3 win over No. 5 Ben Bennett. The highest ranked opponent he has beaten this season, Glasser won his 20th match, and his 11th straight. Leading 19-3 with three matches to go, an injury at 184 sealed the win for the Gophers. Kaleb Young (Tenstrike, Minn.) was tied 2-2 with the Chippewas Mike Miller, who entered the match ranked No. 12. A hard fall near the edge of the mat left both wrestlers slow to get up, but Young was able to move around after a short time. Miller, however, could not, and the match ended as an injury forfeit in the second period. Into the last two matches, the Gophers led 25-3, but the Chippewas tabbed the final two decisions for the 25-9 final. 125: #6 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. Matt Steintrager (CMU), 5-2 / 3-0 133: #2 Jayson Ness (MINN) dec. #9 Scotti Sentes (CMU), 14-7 / 6-0 141: #7 Mike Thorn (MINN) dec. Conor Beebe (CMU), 10-5 / 9-0 149: #18 Mario Mason (MINN) maj. Justin McDermitt (CMU), 19-8 / 13-0 157: Joe Grygelko (MINN) dec. Donnie Corby (CMU), 3-2 / 16-0 165: #19 Tyler Grayson (CMU) dec. Nate Matousek (MINN), 8-1 / 16-3 174: #13 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. #5 Ben Bennett (CMU), 4-3 / 19-3 184: Kaleb Young (MINN) MFor #12 Mike Miller (CMU), DEF / 25-3 197: Eric Simaz (CMU) dec. #15 Sonny Yohn (MINN), 3-2 / 25-6 HWT: #4 Jarod Trice (CMU) dec. Ben Berhow (MINN), 3-2 / 25-9 Gophers Begin Duals with 25-14 win over Missouri CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - An 18-0 run to start the match gave the Minnesota wrestling team a lead that was too much for Missouri to overcome as the Gophers beat the Tigers 25-14 this morning (Jan. 9) in each team's first round match at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals. Ranked sixth in the country, Minnesota (4-2) gets their first dual meet win since beating Northern Colorado 41-3 on Dec. 13. Missouri (1-3), ranked 17th, falls for the third straight time after winning their opener. The Gophers move on in the winner's bracket, and will face fourth seeded and No. 5 ranked Central Michigan at 1:00 p.m. today. Central Michigan beat Northwestern and is now 8-0 on the season. Zach Sanders (Wabasha, Minn.) was given a free pass at 125 with a forfeit as Missouri spotted Minnesota the first six points. At 133, Jayson Ness made quick work of Nathan McCormick earning his 14th fall of the season, and his first in his last four matches, ending his longest drought of the season. With a commanding lead at 12-0 after just two bouts, Mike Thorn (St. Michael, Minn.) battled with Todd Schavrein on the first match-up of ranked opponents. The No. 7 ranked Thorn earned a 5-3 decision over Missouri's No. 20 ranked Todd Scravrien. Mario Mason (Moorestown, N.J.), at 149, capped the Gophers run to open the meet with the decision that made the score 18-0. Mason controlled the entire match before winning 8-3. At 157, Joe Grygelko (Greenfield, Minn.) suffered the Gopher's first loss, dropping a tough decision to No. 17 Patrick Wright. Grygelko allowed just an escape and one final point for riding time. After scoring their first points and with the score 18-3, Missouri then made it two in a row, as Nick Marable won 22-7 over Nate Matousek (Glencoe, Minn.). With four matches to go the team score was now at 18-7. Scott Glasser (Bismarck, N.D.) got the Gophers back on track with his 10th straight win in the next match. No. 13 ranked Glasser matched up with No. 9 ranked Dorian Henderson, and dominated the match-up on his way to a 10-1 major decision win. Kaleb Young (Tenstrike, Minn.) lost at 184 falling 13-4 to No. 3 ranked Max Askren, his second straight top-12 opponent. With two matches to go, the Gophers were up just 11 at 22-11, leaving Missouri in striking distance. The clincher, though, came at 197 with a win from Sonny Yohn (Alamosa, Colo.). In another match-up of ranked opponents, No. 15 ranked Yohn used a second period nearfall to work past No. 11 ranked Brent Haynes 4-0. Yohn put the Gophers up 25-11 with just one match left and a loss at heavyweight by Ben Berhow (Hayward, Minn.) set the 25-14 final. A win against Central Michigan will send the Gophers into the semifinals tomorrow morning. A loss will send them to the losers bracket for a match this evening. 125: #6 Zach Sanders (MINN) For / 0-6 133: #2 Jayson Ness (MINN) fall Nathan McCormick (MU), 1:44 / 0-12 141: #7 Mike Thorn (MINN) dec. #20 Todd Schavrein (MU), 5-3 / 0-15 149: #18 Mario Mason (MINN) dec. Brandon Weist (MU), 8-3 / 0-18 157: #17 Patrick Wright (MU) dec. Joe Gruygelko (MU), 2-0 / 3-18 165: #6 Nick Marable (MU) tech. Nate Matousek (MINN), 22-7 / 7-18 174: #13 Scott Glasser (MINN) maj. #9 Dorian Henderson (MU), 10-1 / 7-22 184: #3 Max Askren (MU) maj. Kaleb Young (MINN), 13-4 / 11-22 197: #15 Sonny Yohn (MINN) dec. #11 Brent Haynes (MU), 4-0 / 11-25 HWT: #8 Mark Ellis (MU) dec. Ben Berhow (MINN), 6-1 / 14-25Digg | Del.icio.us | Reddit | Newsvine | Email | Print



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