Host Minnesota won six of 10 bouts to top the Wisconsin wrestling team 20-14 Friday night.
The Gophers won the first five matches of the night to race out to a 17-0 lead. That advantage proved insurmountable, even with Wisconsin claiming four of the final five bouts.
Seth Gross (133 pounds) won by major decision, while Tristan Moran (141), Drew Scharenbrock (157) and Evan Wick (165) each earned victories via decision.
Minnesota improved to 6-3 on the year and 1-0 in the Big Ten.
With the loss, UW falls to 7-2 in dual meet competition and 0-2 in the Big Ten.
The Badgers return home to take on No. 7 Nebraska (5-0, 0-0) Sunday at the UW Field House.
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Offensive woes continue
For the second straight Big Ten dual, Wisconsin was dominated on the takedown front.
The Gophers held a 22-9 edge in that department Friday.
Half of UW’s wrestlers didn’t manage a takedown. Gross and Wick were the only Badgers with more takedowns than their opponent.
In two conference duals, UW’s opponents have amassed 44 takedowns to the Badgers’ 12.
Gophers’ ranked wrestlers take care of business
Minnesota put forth six ranked wrestlers Friday night and all but one of them won.
By contrast, UW’s six ranked wrestlers were 2-4 on the night.
To be fair, the Badgers were favored in just two of those bouts (165 and 184) and won one of them
The ten wrestlers in UW’s lineup are now a combined 12-25 against ranked foes. Take No. 1 Seth Gross out of the equation and the remaining nine wrestlers are 6-24.
Not great news for a team that will see 41 more ranked wrestlers by the time the regular season concludes.
Wisconsin’s next opponent, Nebraska, has eight ranked wrestlers.
Moran’s the man
Ninth-ranked Moran had the win of the night for the Badgers as he rallied to top No. 2 Mitch McKee 7-6.
Moran found himself down 4-2 after the opening period. He started the second on bottom.
A locked-hands call on McKee, followed by a reversal, gave Moran a 5-4 edge after two.
An escape from McKee tied things up, but Moran scored a key takedown and held on for the one-point win, following another escape by McKee.
Friday was the third time the two have met in their college careers and Moran now owns a 2-1 advantage in the series.