The lower weight classes have struggled for the Gophers wrestling team, and that trend continued Friday night.
No. 12 Minnesota (4-3, 3-2 Big Ten) dropped all five matches under 165 pounds, losing to No. 5 Nebraska (10-1, 4-1 Big Ten) 21-11 at the Sports Pavilion.
It wasn’t all bad for the Gophers, however, as they earned wins in four of the top five weight classes. Perhaps the most exciting was at 197 pounds, where Minnesota’s No. 2 Brett Pfarr and Nebraska’s No. 7 Aaron Studebaker were locked in a tight match, tied at 3 in the third period.
With just seconds remaining, Pfarr earned what appeared to be a takedown to give him the match, however it was not scored, sending the match to overtime. Minnesota interim head coach Brandon Eggum challenged the call, and after some time at the monitor the referees awarded Pfarr the takedown and the match.
“Brett’s a veteran…he’s very composed,” said Eggum. “To get that takedown with a second or so left was big.”
The points were crucial for the Gophers at the time, extending their lead to five—a lead which would be again bolstered by a Michael Kroells decision at Heavyweight.
A Nebraska pin at 125 pounds just after the half seemed to change the tone of the dual, however, and the Huskers never looked back, winning the remaining four matches and the dual.
Minnesota now heads to Indiana for a Sunday dual against the Hoosiers looking for its fourth Big Ten win.
“We felt like this was a match that we let slip away from us,” Eggum said.