Gophers wrestler Steveson one win from Big Ten title
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers will have one wrestler compete for a Big Ten championship Sunday, March 10 at Williams Arena. Six others still have a shot at third place.
Top-ranked heavyweight Gable Steveson won three matches Saturday, including a 10-4 blowout of fourth-ranked Trent Hillger of Wisconsin in the semifinals. The Apple Valley native advances to Sunday afternoon’s final against second-ranked Anthony Cassar of Penn State.
If Steveson wins, he would be the first Big Ten champion from Minnesota since Chris Dardanes in 2015
After Saturday’s early session, the Gophers had sent five wrestlers to the semifinals and sat in second place with 54 points. Penn State led with 77, with Ohio State third at 53.5, followed by Michigan and Nebraska each with 45. Iowa was sixth with 41.
Six Gophers will have a shot to wrestle back and potentially finish as good as third: Devin Skatzka (174); Steve Bleise (157); Sean Russell (125); Ethan LIzak (133); Mitch McKee (141); and Tommy Thorn (149).
Fifth-ranked Skatzka lost 4-2 in the semifinals to Mark Hall, the class’s top-ranked wrestler from Penn State and Apple Valley. Hall will go for a Big Ten title against No. 2 Myles Amine of Michigan on Sunday.
Fourth-ranked Thorn lost 5-1 to No. 1 Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers in the semifinals.
Sixth-seeded Bleise lost 6-3 in the semifinal to No. 2 Tyler Berger of Nebraska in the semifinals.
Third-ranked Russell lost 8-0 to No. 2 Spencer Lee of Iowa in the semifinals.
Sixth-seeded Lizak fell 9-2 to No. 3 Nick Suriano of Rutgers in the second round.
Sixth-seeded McKee lost 8-0 to No. 3 Joey McKenna of Ohio State in the second round.
Three other Gophers wrestlers were knocked out Saturday: Carson Brolsma (165 pounds). Brandon Krone (185); and Dylan Anderson at (197).