No. 3 Gophers Upset No. 1 Penn State

Updated: February 9, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 3 University of Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling team upset No. 1 Penn State Nittany Lions in front of 5,603 fans at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday afternoon. With the victory over Penn State, the Gophers clinched a share of the 2014 Big Ten Dual Meet Championship.

The dual started with a bout at 125 between No. 2 Nico Megaludis of Penn State and Jordan Kingsley of Minnesota. Kingsley was unable to top second-ranked Megaludis and fell by major decision giving the Nittany Lions an opportunity to pull ahead by four early on.

No. 8 David Thorn won by decision over No. 16 Jimmy Gulibon allowing the Gophers to come within one of the Nittany Lions after the second bout.

No. 6 Chris Dardanes rejoined the starting lineup at 141 but ultimately fell to No. 2 Zain Retherford allowing Penn State to lead 7-3 going into 149. No. 3 Nick Dardanes came away with a victory in the second thirty second sudden victory, catching the Gophers up to the Nittany Lions 7-6.

No. 8 Dylan Ness had the crowd on its feet after an electrifying victory over No. 4 Dylan Alton of Penn State by fall at 5:23. The Gophers went into the intermission leading 12-7.

After the half, Danny Zilverberg fell by major decision to No. 1 David Taylor, 13-3 but the Gophers held onto the lead, 12-11.

No. 6 Logan Storley came up big for the Gophers as he defeated No. 3 Matt Brown by decision, 8-3, allowing the Golden Gophers to sit at a 14-11 advantage. The Gophers would go on to lose the next two duals as No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus and No. 1 Scott Schiller were unable to defeat their Penn State opponents. The loss for Schiller ended a 24-bout winning streak for the redshirt junior. After the two Gophers losses at 174 and 184, Minnesota was down by three with one bout to decide it all.

No. 5 Tony Nelson was able to win it for the Gophers with a 6-0 decision over Jonathan Gingrich. This victory broke a three-bout losing streak for the heavyweight redshirt senior. Nelson’s decision lifted the Gophers over No. 1 Penn State by just one, 18-17.

Next weekend, the Golden Gophers will travel to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the NWCA National Duals.


125 Nicholas Megaludis (Penn State) won by major decision over Jordan Kingsley (Minnesota) 19-5. 0 4.00
133 David Thorn (Minnesota) won by decision over James Gulibon (Penn State) 2-0. 3.00 0
141 Zain Retherford (Penn State) won by decision over Christopher Dardanes (Minnesota) 4-0. 0 3.00
149 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) won in sudden victory 2 over Zachary Beitz (Penn State) 6-4. 3.00 0
157 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) won by pin over Dylan Alton (Penn State) 5:23. 6.00 0
165 David Taylor (Penn State) won by major decision over Daniel Zilverberg (Minnesota) 13-3. 0 4.00
174 Logan Storley (Minnesota) won by decision over Mathew Brown (Penn State) 8-3. 3.00 0
184 Edward Ruth (Penn State) won by decision over Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) 7-1. 0 3.00
197 Morgan McIntosh (Penn State) won by decision over Scott Schiller (Minnesota) 8-4. 0 3.00
285 Anthony Nelson (Minnesota) won by decision over Jonathan Gingrich (Penn State) 6-0. 3.00 0