The Gophers had their first loss of the season to Oklahoma State a week ago, but they have otherwise dominated the first month of their season.
And they may be getting better.
Minnesota has competed without one of its best technical wrestlers in that time — a scary thought for other teams.
Dylan Ness, the NCAA runner-up at 149 pounds last year, has missed the entire season with a back injury. He began to practice again two weeks ago, and head coach J Robinson said he hopes to have Ness back by the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2.
Minnesota assistant coach Brandon Eggum described his team’s approach this weekend as relaxed.
It didn’t show on the mat.
The Gophers faced their toughest test yet at the Bison Quad in Fargo, N.D., but still dominated, sweeping their three opponents.
Minnesota head coach J Robinson became the winningest coach in program history with the sweep. Robinson passed former head coach Wally Johnson — who finished his career with 392 wins — and improved his record to 394-129-4 in 27 seasons with the team.
Minnesota rallied from behind to beat North Dakota State at the Bison Quad.