After falling behind early, the
Jesse Sundell got the Cyclones started out on the right foot with an 8-2 decision over Daniel Quintela at 133-pounds. Sundell used an early double-leg takedown to take a 2-0 lead. Quintela tied the match with two escapes but an escape, a takedown, and a three-point near-fall pushed Sundell to the victory.
Top-ranked Nate Gallick followed
Sundell with a 19-7 major decision over ninth-ranked Ryan Lang. Gallick, last year's 141-pound runner up
at the NCAA tournament, has been the most dominant wrestler in Div. I wrestling
thus far. Other than #4 Andy
Jason Knipp picked up a big win for the Cyclones at 149-pounds. Knipp did everything he could to wrestle Jimmy Kim for seven minutes but the Wildcat avoided Knipp at all costs. Kim was nailed twice for stalling and Knipp was never in danger of giving up points.
In is first match since before the
students' holiday break, Trent Paulson had his way with Greg Hagel and earned a
13-5 major decision at 157-pounds.
Travis Paulson followed his brother's win with a gutty performance at 165-pounds. Travis never trailed Will Durkee and held leads of 4-1 and 6-2 before Durkee earned two late escapes to make the score 6-4.
At 174-pounds, David Bertolino gave a valiant effort before falling 8-5 to second-ranked Jake Herbert. Bertolino grabbed an early 2-0 lead and reclaimed the lead at 4-3 after an escape, but Herbert proved to be too much late in the match. In a desperation move to get a takedown while losing 5-4 late in the match, Bertolino was countered by Herbert and a extra point for riding time earned Herbert the 8-5 victory.
It took extra time for eighth-ranked Kurt Backes to defeat ninth-ranked Mike Tamillow. Tied at five after regulation, Backes made quick work of Tamillow in overtime – earning a takedown and a two-point near-fall to win 9-5. Backes, who has been inconsistent as of late, dug deep to earn the victory and will need to continue to wrestle at the top of his game to help the Cyclones in the next round.
In the match after
The Cyclones will look to avoid
giving up bonus points after yielding three major decisions in their last
In the last meeting, Nate Gallick,
Travis Paulson, Kurt Backes, and Joe Curran all earned victories. Trent Paulson was the top-ranked
wrestler at 157-pounds before being upset by No. 11 C.P. Schlatter.
The keys for the Cyclones will be simple:
- Nate Gallick must earn more than a major decision – a technical fall or pin
- Trent Paulson must defeat C.P. Sclatter
- David Bertolino must avenge a loss to Gabriel Dretsch
- Kurt Backes must return from mediocrity and continue his unbeaten streak against Roger Kish
- Ben Hanisch, Aron Scott/Jason Knipp, and Richard Schopf must avoid losing by technical fall or pin
The Cyclones have the talent to upset the Golden Gophers. However, the Golden Gophers have the talent to run the Cyclones out of the gym. Below, I predict the Cyclones advance with big wins from the Paulson brothers, David Berolino, Kurt Backes, and Joe Curran.
125 Travis Lang (UM) maj. dec. Ben Hanisch (ISU)
133 Mack Reiter (UM) dec. Jesse Sundell (ISU)
141 Nate Gallick (ISU) maj. dec. Manuel Rivera (UM)
149 Dustin Schlatter (UM) maj. dec. Aron Scott/Jason Knipp (ISU)
157 Trent Paulson (ISU) dec. C.P. Schlatter (UM)
165 Travis Paulson (ISU) dec. Matt Nagel (UM)
174 David Bertolino (ISU) dec. Gabriel Dretsch (UM)
184 Kurt Backes (ISU) dec. Roger Kish (UM)
197 Joe Curran (ISU) dec. Mitch Kuhlman (UM)
HWT Cole Konrad (UM) fall Richard Schopf (ISU)