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Minnesota Defeats South Dakota State Wrestling


Minnesota and South Dakota State faced off, South Dakota State was a slight favorite heading into this dual meet. However looking at how All Americans Brayton Lee and Jake Bergeland did not wrestle it would have looked like South Dakota State should have an easy win.

That was not the case here as some big upsets went down.

Full Recap:

125- Pat McKee (Minn) dec Tanner Jordan (SDSU) 7-3

133- Aaron Nagao (Minn) dec Derrick Cardinal (SDSU) 6-2

Both McKee and Nagao did a good job of taking care of business as expected.

141- Vance Vombaur (Minn) dec Clay Carlson (SDSU) 6-4

Redshirt freshman Vance Vombaur showed up big for the Gophers after losing his first match of the season to Binghamton. This win played a massive part in the Gophers win.

149- Michael Blockhus (Minn) dec Alek Martin (SDSU) 4-1

157- Cael Swenson (SDSU) dec Sebas Swiggum (Minn) 8-4

No Lee here at 157 so SDSU was expected to get the win here.

165- Tanner Cook (SDSU) dec Andrew Sparks (Minn) 4-2 SV

Big win for Cook here over a solid opponent in Andrew Sparks.

174- Bailee O’Reilly (Minn) dec Cade Devos (SDSU) 6-5

Massive win for O’Reilly in a bout were on paper Devos should have dominated this one pretty handedly.

184- Isaiah Salazar (Minn) MD Bennett Berge (SDSU) 12-0

197- Tanner Sloan (SDSU) MD Garrett Joles (Minn) 12-2

285- AJ Nevills (SDSU) Pin Keaton Kluever (Minn) 2:33

Final Score: Minnesota wins 19-16

Overall Thoughts:

South Dakota State had some rough matches in general but they did pick up a solid win at 165 pounds.

Minnesota proved how strong of a team they can be especially with Lee and Bergeland in the lineup, and also possibly if a certain someone decides to come back in the later half of the season Minnesota could be looking at a good finish.

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Akil Murugan
Akil Murugan
Senior Editor for Heavyweight Nation

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