Alfred Hitchcock, master of suspense in film, could not have crafted a more tense or thrilling ending to the Minnesota-Michigan dual that came down to the final match which then went into overtime.
It was a doubly happy ending for Wolverine fans, as No. 13 Michigan scored a 19-14 upset over No. 3 Minnesota… and the Blue and Maize freshman big man, top-ranked Adam Coon, ended the dual by bringing down defending heavyweight champ, No. 2 Tony Nelson, 4-2 in the second sudden victory period, at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor Sunday afternoon.
It’s the second loss of the season for Nelson, who hopes to become Minnesota’s first-ever three-time NCAA heavyweight champ, having won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013. Just last weekend, Nelson lost to the man he beat to win last year’s Big Ten and NCAA titles, Mike McMullan of Northwestern. And, as with today’s loss, the Gopher senior was taken into overtime, losing to McMullan, 2-1 TB.
The home team had won all but one of the first six matches to take a commanding 13-3 lead. The Golden Gophers came roaring back, winning three straight bouts from 174 through 197 pounds (including major decision wins from Logan Storley and Scott Schiller)… putting the dual’s outcome on the broad shoulders of the two heavyweights. Had Nelson won by a regular decision, Minnesota would have left Michigan with a 17-16 win.
The Wolverines had one major decision win of their own, from Stephen Dutton at 141.
Michigan is now 7-2 overall in dual-meet competition, and is 3-0 in the Big Ten… while Minnesota falls to 7-1, and is 4-1 in conference competition.
- 125: Conor Youtsey (Mich.) dec. Samuel Brancale (Minn.), 12-6
- 133: David Thorn (Minn) dec. Rosario Bruno (Mich), 10-7
- 141: Stephen Dutton III (Mich) maj. dec. Josh Shupe (Minn), 16-3
- 149: Eric Grajales (Mich) dec. Nick Dardanes (Minn), 6-4
- 157: Brian Murphy (Mich) dec. Dylan Ness (Minn), 5-3
- 165: Dan Yates (Mich) dec. Brandon Kingsley (Minn) 7-5
- 174: Logan Storley (Minn) maj. dec. Collin Zeerip (Mich) 15-4
- 184: Kevin Steinhaus (Minn) dec. Domenic Abounader (Mich) 12-5
- 197: Scott Schiller (Minn) maj. dec. Chris Heald (Mich), 14-4
- Hwt: Adam Coon (Mich) dec. Tony Nelson (Minn), 4-2 SV 2
About the photo: Prior to this weekend's dual meet, Michigan wrestling came up with this graphic to hype the heavyweight match-up between the two top-ranked big men in college wrestling: No. 2 Tony Nelson of Minnesota (left), and No. 1 Adam Coon of Michigan.
- Two wrestling programs with the name Panthers scored upsets Sunday. Northern Iowa Panthers edged the Oklahoma Sooners... while the University of Pittsburgh Panthers beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
- In three upsets Sunday, the winning team scored 19 points: Pitt over Oklahoma State, 19-18... Michigan over Minnesota, 19-14... and Northern Iowa over Oklahoma, 19-17.
- The two major Division I wrestling programs in the state of Oklahoma -- the Oklahoma Sooners, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys -- came out on the losing end Sunday.
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