In a dual meet pitting teacher vs. former student, J Robinson’s University of Minnesota wrestlers defeated North Dakota State — led by former Golden Gopher matman Roger Kish — 29-9 in front of nearly 2,300 fans at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis Sunday afternoon.
Kish, a 2006 Big Ten champ and two-time NCAA All-American (2006, 2007) at 184 pounds who wrestled for J Rob, was named head coach at NDSU this summer after serving two seasons as an assistant coach for the Bison under long-time coach Bucky Maughan.
In his first dual meet at the helm, the rookie coach brought his NDSU wrestlers into his old home gym. Kish’s Bison won two of ten bouts, including 157-pounder Steven Monk pinning his Minnesota rival to score bonus points.
By contrast, the Gophers could claim bonus points with major decision victories at 133, 141, 165, 184 and at heavyweight… but, no falls for the wrestlers of J Robinson, who is starting his 26th season with Minnesota.
With the win, Minnesota is now 2-1 for the season, while NDSU is 0-1.
- 197: No. 3 Sonny Yohn (Minn) dec. John Gusewelle (NDSU) 7-1
- Hwt: No. 3 Tony Nelson (Minn) maj. dec. Evan Knutson (NDSU) 10-1
- 125: No. 2 Zach Sanders (Minn) dec. Trent Sprenkle (NDSU) 4-2
- 133: No. 6 David Thorn (Minn) maj. dec. Justin Solberg (NDSU) 16-7
- 141: No: 13 Nick Dardanes (Minn) maj. dec. Tyler Diamond (NDSU) 17-8
- 149: Matt Mincey (Minn) dec. Mark Erickson (NDSU) 13-6
- 157: Steven Monk (NDSU) pinned Wesley Richard (Minn) 4:25
- 165: No. 8 Cody Yohn (Minn) maj. dec. Tyler Johnson (NDSU) 12-3
- 174: Kurtis Julson (NDSU) dec. Steve Avalos (Minn) 10-6
- 184: No. 5 Kevin Steinhaus (Minn) maj. dec. Mac Stoll (NDSU) 12-3
Want to know more? For more detailed coverage, check out reports from TheGuillotine.com (the website that covers amateur wrestling in the state of Minnesota)… the official Minnesota wrestling website… and the official NDSU wrestling website.
Want to SEE more? For photos from the Minnesota-NDSU dual, visit TheGuillotine.com.
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