No. 2 Minnesota Defeats Spartan Wrestling
Jan. 17, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - No. 2 Minnesota defeated the Michigan State wrestling team, 35-3, Friday night at Jenison Field House.
The Gophers (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) featured seven ranked wrestlers in their starting lineup as they remained undefeated on the season. Michigan State fell to 5-6 (0-3 Big Ten).
"That's a tremendous team we just wrestled and they will be in the hunt for the national championship," said MSU head coach Tom Minkel. "We knew that going in. When you face that kind of team, you want to be as fundamental as you can and you want to get after it as hard as you can; but sometimes you're not at that level yet. That was the case in some matches, but some matches were really good. As I told the team afterwards, when you compete against the top teams in the country, you've got to do your best, and you've got to learn from it. We were better this week than we were a couple of weeks ago against Iowa, and we need to be better next weekend."
Sophomore Brian Gibbs proved to be a bright spot for the Spartans, as he rallied to defeat Josh Shupe at 141 pounds. Trailing 1-0 entering the third period, Gibbs quickly escaped to tie the score at 1, then delivered the winning takedown with 45 seconds remaining in the match. Shupe tallied an escape with 11 seconds left, but Gibbs held him off for the win.
"Brian did what we asked - he was the aggressor, he got his position, and really created a lot of pressure," commented Minkel. "And that's what you have to do. Brian is good enough where he can force that. That was a big step for him and hopefully he can keep it going."
Starting in his second dual of the season, sophomore Nick Trimble battled second-ranked Nick Dardanes at 149 pounds, but eventually fell, 8-4. Down 5-0, Trimble cut his deficit to 5-2 at the end of the second period, as he notched an escape and Dardanes was penalized a point for locking hands. Trimble then escaped to start the third to trim the lead to 5-3, putting himself in a position to get the upset win. Dardanes controlled the rest of the third period, however, recording a takedown and a reversal, and added a riding time point get to the 8-4 victory.
At 165 pounds, senior Bobby Nash was also in a position to get the win in the final period against Daniel Zilverberg. Nash escaped 24 seconds into the third to make it 3-2 down the stretch. Zilverberg extended his advantage to 5-3 with a takedown at the 1:08 mark, but Nash escaped again, this time with 22 seconds left on the clock. Nash attempted several shots in the closing seconds, but came up just short, falling 5-3.
In the marquee match of the dual, two-time defending national champion and second-ranked Tony Nelson held off No. 9 Mike McClure, 2-0. After a scoreless first, Nelson got on the board with an escape 17 seconds into the second period. With Nelson on top to start the third, McClure nearly escaped several times, but Nelson ended up holding him down the entire period to collect 1:43 of riding time in the 2-0 win.
"I thought Mike McClure's match was outstanding," said Minkel. "He's made some real progress since the last time they wrestled (last season). Mike was in it the whole match. He's made some adjustments and even though he didn't win the match, I think we all saw that he's certainly on the right track."
Michigan State will return to action next Friday, Jan. 24 to take on Michigan in Ann Arbor at 7 p.m.
No. 2 Minnesota 35, Michigan State 3
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