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    MINNEAPOLIS -- In front of a sold-out crowd of 5,225 at the Sports Pavilion, the No. 4 Minnesota wrestling team scored a 21-15 win over No. 3 Wisconsin capped off with a 3-2 decision victory by a returning Ben Berhow in the heavyweight match to lock up the win. The Gophers also picked up wins from Zach Sanders, Mike Thorn, Danny Zilverberg and Cody Yohn.

    "I think the fans got their money's worth today. We're trying to get better and better each week going into the Big Ten tournament. We made some good progress today, and that's what we're looking for," Minnesota head wrestling coach J Robinson said.

    Berhow, a redshirt senior this year for the Gophers, was a late addition to the lineup - replacing an ill Tony Nelson at heavyweight - for the final matchup of the night against No. 11 Eric Bugenhagen with the score sitting at 18-15 in the Gophers' favor. The pair of heavyweights dueled through a scoreless first period before Bugenhagen opened the second period with an escape to take a 1-0 lead. But Berhow, who hadn't wrestled since Dec. 11, would bide his time until the third period, scoring an escape of his own and following up with a takedown in the match's final seconds to jump ahead. Bugenhagen would score a late escape as time expired, giving Berhow a 3-2 decision in the match and the Gophers a 21-15 win in the dual.

    "That was really special. I'll remember that the rest of my life," Berhow said. "And with the great crowd...it's fun wrestling for them."

    Minnesota (13-3 overall, 4-0 Big Ten) once again opened the dual with a strong showing in the earlier matches. No. 5 Zach Sanders kicked off the afternoon with his 13th-straight dual win, this time taking down Tom Kelliher with an 11-8 decision. The Badgers (9-2-1, 0-0-1) would answer with a decision win in the 133 lbs. match as No. 3 Tyler Graff put together a 9-4 win over David Thorn.

    The Gophers would add bonus points in three of the next four matches however as No. 2 Mike Thorn pinned Danny Arnel at 3:42 in the 141 lbs. match, Danny Zilverberg scored a 12-3 major decision over Shawn Perry at 149 lbs. and No. 11 Cody Yohn followed up a 9-3 loss in the 157 lbs. match with a 15-0 technical fall over Ben Cox in the 165 lbs. match.

    The Badgers, who remain winless in Big Ten action, would make it interesting over the next three matches however, picking up a trio of decision in the 174-197 lbs. matches to head into the 285 lbs. match with Minnesota nursing an 18-15 lead. Bonus points by Wisconsin would have given the higher-ranked team a come from behind win while a decision would have given Wisconsin its second tie of the season. However, neither result would come as Berhow sent the packed house into a frenzy with the late takedown to seal the win in both the match and the dual.

    Minnesota returns to action next Saturday at Ohio State. The dual can be watched live on the Big Ten Network.

    No. 4 Minnesota vs. No. 3 Wisconsin
    Sunday, January 30, 2011
    Minneapolis, Minn. (Sports Pavilion)

    Minnesota: 21
    Wisconsin: 15

    125: No. 5 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. Tom Kelliher (WISC) 11-8
    133: No. 3 Tyler Graff (WISC) dec. David Thorn (MINN)9-4
    141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) fall Danny Arnel (WISC) 3:42
    149: Danny Zilverberg (MINN) maj. Shawn Perry (WISC) 12-3
    157: Kalvin York (WISC) dec. Joe Grygelko (MINN) 9-3
    165: No. 11 Cody Yohn (MINN) tech. Ben Cox (WISC) 15-0; 3:27
    174: No. 19 Ben Jordan dec. No. 8 Scott Glasser (MINN) 8-4
    184: No. 3 Travis Rutt (WISC) dec. No. 9 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) 3-2
    197: No. 2 Trevor Brandvold (WISC) dec. Joe Nord (MINN) 8-1
    285: Ben Berhow (MINN) dec. No. 11 Eric Bugenhagen (WISC) 3-2
    "Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak."

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    Not to sound like a PSU fan today but Wisc. obviously really missed a certain 165 in this match...

    Phan, how do you think the Gophs match up with Iowa?

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    Only because you asked! Everyone here knows I stay out of the prediction game usually. And remember, this dual is in Minny.

    125 McDonough v Sanders +3 Iowa
    Just can't see Sanders getting over the hump here with McD but I like him to know how to keep it close.

    133 Ramos v Thorn +3 Iowa
    I like Thorn and he will be on a high learning curve but I think Ramos is just too slick and keeps good position on his feet. I need to know more about both of these guys but I give it to Ramos for now.

    141 Marion v Thorn +3 Minny
    This will be a war. I think its a nod to Thorn bc he is at home and he has learned how to be more disciplined. He feeds off the crowd and they love him at home. Marion could be the one to get Iowa motivated though to turn this thing in their favor.

    149 Ballweg v Zilverburg +3 Iowa
    This will be bumped up Ballweg now but I like how Zilverburg has progressed. He keeps this competitive throughout as he fills his weight normally but he will lose a close decision here.

    157 DSJ v Grygelko +4 Iowa
    Grygelko is a heart breaker, if he gives up fall here, Iowa could take it home. If he keeps good position and stays technically aggressive he keeps this a major or a decision. The Jake Deitchler effect could be in play here by mid February or not. I am going to say regardless that DSJ beats him just out of rust.

    165 Janssen v Yohn +3 Minny
    Because I think he will. But I have nothing to back that up, but Im honest. If this was CHA I would possibly give this to Iowa.

    174 Lofthouse v Glasser +3 Minny
    Glasser has a way of sometimes not showing up for the big match. I think he shows up here at home and brings this one home for the Gophrs. Lofthouse and Glasser both have off nights from time to time but Glasser has more experience. If this was in Iowa I would give it to Iowa.

    184 Gambrall v Steinhaus +3 Minny
    Two big bucks going at it. Steinhaus has proven he can stay with anyone in the country. That also means guys he SHOULD beat worse. Steinhaus in a match by 1 to 2 points.

    197 Lofthouse v Yohn +3 Minny
    Rumor has it Yohn is close to being ready. By mid February, he should be back in the groove and defeat a very game opponent in Lofthouse.

    Hwt Rasing v Nelson +3 Minny
    I think Nelson is just too athletic for Rasing but Nelson has struggled pulling away from anyone. This will be a close match with the match on the line I think.

    You can EASILY make an argument against my picks at 141, 165, 174, 184, 197 and heavy and all of those go the Gophers way. Thats scary.

    I still say regardless this dual comes down to whomever's heavy weight wins it, wins the dual. If the Gophers need a pin or tech, Iowa wins it.

    18-13 Minny.

    I think the 141 match is the key. If Marion turns that around and gets Iowa pumped, Woah Nelly, Katie bar the door!
    Last edited by goferphan; 01-31-2011 at 02:32 PM.
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    Yeah you gotta figure with Howe in there that it swings the dual at least 8 points if not 9+..
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    Well Glasser lost to Jordan who I personally think he should beat 6 out of 10 times. Steinhaus and Rutt were really a close match which could have gone either way. I think S. Yohn being out could have given Brandvold everything he wanted and Berhow is our consensus #2 heavyweight.

    That being said, that is a hell of a dual now and they have faced each other 2 x's. I think they could wrestle 100 times and it would be 50/50.

    Let me look at the Iowa/Minny line-ups and get back to you. I have a more realistic view on Minny/Iowa now then perhaps before yesterday.
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    I took my 5 year old to this meet. It was sold out and a great time. meets like this is what wrestling needs more of. 184 and HWT were exciting matches. Steinhaus had some nice td attempts but Rutt was able to get out of em.

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    Thanks, Phan. Haven't seen much of Minny this year and wanted an insider's perspective. This seems to be a very even match-up with at least five toss-up matches.

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    Thats ALOT of toss-ups. Its funny to me that we don't consider 125 a toss-up but I have seen McD hand it to Sanders lately and unless Sanders comes in and wrestles a really smart match and gets an early takedown or two, he's gonna go down on the 2nd or 3rd period and there will be no more point scoring for Mr. Sanders I am afraid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goferphan View Post
    Thats ALOT of toss-ups. Its funny to me that we don't consider 125 a toss-up but I have seen McD hand it to Sanders lately and unless Sanders comes in and wrestles a really smart match and gets an early takedown or two, he's gonna go down on the 2nd or 3rd period and there will be no more point scoring for Mr. Sanders I am afraid.
    I view Sanders v. McD a lot like Esco v. Sanders. I just don't see how Sanders can over come the size difference. Although I think him beating McD is slightly more possible than sanders v. esco.
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