The Gophers made a statement to the college wrestling world this weekend at Williams Arena as they repeated as National Duals champions.
No. 4 Minnesota avenged midseason losses to No. 2 Iowa and No. 1 Oklahoma State to win its second straight title.
This squad has preached that it wants to peak at the end of the season, and with the win, it appears to be on track. The Gophers (16-2) will compete in the Big Ten championships in a few weeks and the NCAA championships in late March.
The Gophers avenged midseason losses for the second year in a row at the National Duals.
It was never a hard choice for current Gophers 157-pound starter Danny Zilverberg.
He comes from a long line of success with the Gophers. His father wrestled at Minnesota, and his two uncles were All-American wrestlers with the program. Even his older brother, David Zilverberg, was a part of the long-storied family tradition.
So when it came time for him to pick a college?
“There was really no other choice than Minnesota,” Danny Zilverberg said. “It’s kind of been a goal all my life.”
Danny Zilverberg’s career has been an uphill battle, but he earned a starting spot for the Gophers this season.
Cody Yohn took a long stare at the crowd, waved his arms and headed to the locker room at the Sports Pavilion for the final time.
He had just recorded a pin on Senior Day — the first at home in his career — and after the match, he admitted his emotions started to kick in.
“It was my last hurrah, and to have a match like I did coming off a pin was definitely something I’ll remember forever,” Yohn said after the No. 4 Gophers’ 32-6 win over unranked Michigan State on Sunday.
Cody Yohn helped the No. 4 Gophers beat Michigan State 32-6.