Wrestlers win a pair of dual meets in Rochester

The #10 ranked Golden Gopher wrestling team (2-1) stunned #4 Nebraska (8-1) with a come-from-behind 17-16 win in Rochester. Earlier in the day, Minnesota defeated #11 Arizona State (0-2), 20-15, before a packed house at the Rochester Civic Center. Junior Jon Duncombe, a transfer from St. Cloud State, clinched both matches for Minnesota.

Trailing 16-6 against the unbeaten Cornhuskers with three matches remaining, Nebraska's B.J. Wright was two minutes away from clinching the win for Nebraska at 157 pounds. He led 5-1 entering the third period, but Minnesota's Matt Nagel registered a pair of takedowns, including one with just 10 seconds to go to force overtime. Nagel ended the match just 14 seconds into the extra session to pull the Golden Gophers to within seven points at 16-9.

Following Nagel's heroics, Minnesota needed two victories, including a major decision to earn a tie. All-American Jacob Volkmann got the major decision at 165 by a 10-1 margin over 15th-ranked Jacob Klein. With Minnesota down 16-13, junior Jon Duncombe closed out the match with a 17-6 major decision over James Pummel. The four team points gave Minnesota the upset.

Nebraska got off to a strong start as third-ranked Travis Pascoe defeated Josh McLay, 10-3, at 184 pounds. Defending NCAA Champion Damion Hahn tied the match at three with a 6-3 decision against No. 7 B.J. Padden.

The Cornhuskers then rattled off four wins in the next five matches, including Matt Keller's last-second 7-6 win against Quincy Osborn at 133 pounds.

Earlier in the day, Minnesota went down to the wire to defeat Arizona State, 20-15. The Golden Gophers fell behind by the score of 15-9. Nagel got Minnesota rolling again with an 8-2 decision against No. 10 Brian Stith at 157. The Golden Gophers then closed out the match with a technical fall from Volkmann and Duncombe's clinching 10-4 decision against Ron Renzi.

Among the many heroes on the day for Minnesota, sophomore Andrew Domingues made an immediate impact. Making just his second career start, he replaced All-American Bobbe Lowe at 125 pounds due to injury. Domingues trailed ASU's Christian Staylor 5-1 entering the third period. He responded with five takedowns and claimed a 12-9 win. He then defeated Nebraska's Jeremy Emerson, 6-3.

Hahn pushed his record to 13-1 on the season with his wins against No. 8 Nick Frost of Arizona State and No. 7 Padden. The Golden Gophers will resume dual meet action on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion against Portland State. The match will begin at 2 p.m.

#10 Minnesota 20, #11 Arizona State 15
184 - No. 12 Nick Frost (ASU) dec. No. 19 Josh McLay (MINN), 6-2
197 -No. 1 Damion Hahn (MINN) dec. No. 3 Ryan Bader (ASU), 4-1
HWT - No. 12 Cole Konrad (MINN) dec. No. 15 Cain Velasquez (ASU), 9-6
125 – Andrew Domingues (MINN) dec. Christian Staylor (ASU), 12-9
133 – Mike Simpson (ASU) maj. dec. No. 20 Quincy Osborn (MINN), 17-7
141 – Jeremy Mendoza dec. No. 20 Tommy Owen (MINN), 9-3
149 – No. 10 Patrick Williams (ASU) tech. fall Keri Stanley (MINN), 22-6, 5:47
157 – Matt Nagel (MINN) dec. No. 10 Brian Stith (ASU), 8-2
165 - No. 2 Jacob Volkmann (MINN) tech. fall Jamie Robbins (ASU), 16-1, 5:20
174 - Jon Duncombe (MINN) dec. Ron Renzi (ASU), 10-4

#10 Minnesota 17, #4 Nebraska 16
184 – No. 3 Travis Pascoe (NEB) dec. No. 19 Josh McLay (MINN), 10-3
197 – No. 1 Damion Hahn (MINN) dec. No. 7 B.J. Padden (NEB), 6-3
HWT – No. 18 Nathan McClain (NEB) dec. No. 12 Cole Konrad (NEB), 1-0
125 – Andrew Domingues (MINN) dec. Jeremy Emerson (NEB), 6-3
133 – No. 19 Matt Keller (NEB) dec. No. 20 Quincy Osborn (MINN), 7-6
141 – No. 12 Matt Murray (NEB) dec. No. 20 Tommy Owen (MINN), 6-1
149 – No. 4 Travis Shufelt (NEB) maj. dec. Keri Stanley (MINN), 19-6
157 – Matt Nagel (MINN) dec. No. 17 B.J. Wright (NEB), 8-6 SVO
165 – No. 2 Jacob Volkmann (MINN) maj. dec. No. 15 Jacob Klein (NEB), 10-1
174 – Jon Duncombe (MINN) maj. dec. James Pummel (NEB), 17-6

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