MINNEAPOLIS – Tenth-ranked Minnesota posted four wins by technical fall and another by pin to defeat South Dakota State, 35-6, in a nonconference college wrestling dual Sunday afternoon at the Maturi Pavilion.
The Golden Gophers improved to 2-1 overall in duals, while the Jackrabbits dropped to 0-3.
Minnesota raced out to a 19-0 lead by dominating the lower weights. Eighth-ranked Sean Russell scored a second-period, 18-3 technical fall over SDSU's Gregory Coapstick at 125 pounds, while seventh-ranked Ethan Lizak followed with a 16-0, first-period technical fall over Spencer Huber.
The Jackrabbits wrestled for the second dual in a row without top-ranked and defending 133-pound national champion Seth Gross, who has been sidelined due to injury.
The Golden Gophers' fifth-ranked Mitch McKee ran the Minnesota advantage to 16-0 by pinning Rylee Molitor in the first period of their 141-pound bout.
In the only matchup of the afternoon between ranked opponents, 13th-ranked Tommy Thorn of Minnesota avenged a loss three weeks ago to 16th-ranked Henry Pohlmeyer of SDSU at the season-opening Daktronics. Pohlmeyer got out to a quick 4-0 lead in their 149-pound matchup with a takedown and two-point near-fall before Thorn countered with a reversal and four-point near-fall to close out the first-period scoring. After taking Pohlmeyer down early in the second period, Thorn maintained a lead of four points or more the rest of the way in notching a 10-6 decision.
Colten Carlson put the Jackrabbits on the board with an 11-5 decision over Miles Patton in the 157-pound matchup. Tied at 3-all after one period, the sophomore from Willmar, Minnesota, gained control of the match in the second period with an escape and takedown en route to an 11-5 decision.
Zach Carlson accounted for the other SDSU victory on the afternoon as he knocked off 18th-ranked Owen Webster for the second time this season at 184 pounds. A junior from Kerkhoven, Minnesota, Carlson tallied a takedown late in the first period for a 4-3 lead and held off Webster for an 8-6 victory to improve to 5-1 on the season.
Minnesota received technical falls from Devin Skatzka at 174 pounds and third-ranked Gable Steveson at heavyweight in the second half of the dual to close out the victory.
The Jackrabbits return to Big 12 Conference dual action Dec. 7 at Oklahoma. Start time is set for 7 p.m. at McCasland Field House in Norman, Oklahoma.
NO. 10 MINNESOTA 35, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 6
125: #8 Sean Russell (MINN) tech. fall Gregory Coapstick (SDSU), 18-3 [3:45]
133: #7 Ethan Lizak (MINN) tech. fall Spencer Huber (SDSU), 16-0 [5:22]
141: #5 Mitch McKee (MINN) def. Rylee Molitor (SDSU), by fall [2:30]
149: #13 Tommy Thorn (MINN) dec. #16 Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU), 10-6
157: Colten Carlson (SDSU) dec. Miles Patton (MINN), 11-5
165: Carson Brolsma (MINN) dec. Logan Peterson (SDSU), 10-3
174: Devin Skatzka (MINN) tech. fall Brett Bye (SDSU), 16-0 [3:48]
184: Zach Carlson (SDSU) dec. #18 Owen Webster (MINN), 8-6
197: Dylan Anderson (MINN) dec. Samuel Grove (SDSU), 8-2
285: #3 Gable Steveson (MINN) tech. fall Blake Wolters (SDSU), 18-3 [3:24]