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Dylan Ness' pin helps No. 3 Minnesota upset No. 1 Penn State, 18-17

Dylan Ness' pin helped his Golden Gophers get a one-point win over defending NCAA champs Penn State
Dylan Ness' pin helped his Golden Gophers get a one-point win over defending NCAA champs Penn State
Mark Beshey,

Third-ranked University of Minnesota wrestling edged defending NCAA team champs Penn State, 18-17, at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis Sunday afternoon.

Both teams now share the unofficial Big Ten team title for the 2013-14 season.

The last time the two conference rivals met on the mat was November 2011, with Minnesota winning 23-14 at Penn State. The Gophers have not lost to the Nittany Lions in a dual meet since 1998, and, in fact, own the series 13-6-1.

Each team won five matches. Penn State put bonus points on the board in two matches, with Nico Megaludis and David Taylor getting major-decision wins at 125 and 165 pounds, respectively. While Minnesota got bonus points from just one bout, 157-pounder Dylan Ness managed to put six points on the board by putting Dylan Alton’s shoulders to the mat… the critical difference in the final score.

There were a number of individual upsets. In addition to No. 8 Ness getting the fall over his fourth-ranked rival at 157, No. 6 Logan Storley handed third-ranked Matt Brown a loss at 174. Penn State’s Morgan McIntosh, ranked No. 5 at 197, knocked off top-ranked Scott Schiller.

Another positive development for the home team: Minnesota big man Tony Nelson shut out Penn State’s Jon Gingrich, 7-0. The two-time heavyweight champ for the Gophers had a rough start to 2014, having lost four out of six of his most recent matches.

With the win, Minnesota is now 10-1 for the season, and 7-1 in the Big Ten… while Penn State falls to 13-1 overall, 7-1 in the Big Ten.

Match Results

  • 125: No. 2 Nico Megaludis (Penn State) maj. dec. Jordan Kingsley (Minnesota), 19-5
  • 133: No. 8 David Thorn (Minnesota) dec. No. 16 Jimmy Gulibon (Penn State), 2-0
  • 141: No. 2 Zain Retherford (Penn State) dec. No. 6 Chris Dardanes (Minnesota), 4-0
  • 149: No. 3 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) dec. Zack Beitz (Penn State), 6-4 SV2
  • 157: No. 8 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) pinned No. 4 Dylan Alton (Penn State), 5:57
  • 165: No. 1 David Taylor (Penn State) maj. dec. Danny Zilverberg (Minnesota), 13-3
  • 174: No. 6 Logan Storley (Minnesota) dec. No. 3 Matt Brown (Penn State), 8-4
  • 184: No. 2 Ed Ruth (Penn State) dec. No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota), 7-1
  • 197: No. 5 Morgan McIntosh (Penn State) dec. No. 1 Scott Schiller (Minnesota), 8-4
  • Hwt: No. 5 Tony Nelson (Minnesota) dec. Jon Gingrich (Penn State), 7-0

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