WRESTLING


1/23/2017, 9:44am

Minnesota wrestlers achieve road redemption

Fast starts seemed to be a theme for the Minnesota wrestling team this weekend, although they didn’t always pay off. The No. 12 Gophers (5-3, 4-2 Big Ten) lost to No. 5 Nebraska (10-1, 3-1 Big Ten) 21-11 on Friday night, but rebounded to defeat Indiana (7-5, 0-3 Big Ten) 28-9 on the road Sunday afternoon. The Gophers lost all five matches under 165 pounds but had the Huskers on upset alert early on Friday night and won four of the first five matches to take an 11-3 lead in the dual. Perhaps the most exciting match came 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.


1/17/2017, 11:30am

Minnesota wrestling fights back to defeat Wisconsin

For redshirt junior Chris Pfarr, no moment is too big when he doesn’t know the score. Pfarr’s comeback 7-4 win over No. 20 Ryan Christensen at 174 pounds lifted No. 12 Minnesota (4-2, 3-1 Big Ten) to a hard-fought 18-15 victory over No. 21 Wisconsin (3-3, 1-3 Big Ten) at the Sports Pavilion Sunday. “I knew it was close, and I knew I had to win,” Pfarr said.