Courtesy of Hofstra Athletic Communications gohofstra.com
Minneapolis, MN – The Pride won back-to-back matches at 141 and 149 pounds but the Golden Gophers captured the rest as third-ranked Minnesota rolled over 16th-ranked Hofstra, 32-6 in the season opener from both teams at the UM Sports Pavilion Friday night. Minnesota, the NCAA Championship finalists in 2012, is 1-0 while the Pride of Hofstra are 0-1.
The top 16 match-up, according to InterMat’s latest Tournament-Strength Rankings, opened up with a top 15 match-up at 125 pounds between Pride senior Steve Bonanno (Wantagh, NY) and 11th-ranked Minnesota junior David Thorn. Leading 4-1 in the first period, Thorn turned a takedown into a pin as the first period ended. A Top-15 match-up followed at 133 pounds between Golden Gopher sophomore Chris Dardanes, ranked sixth, and Pride junior Jamie Franco (Monroe, NY). After two scoreless periods, Dardanes exploded for three takedowns, a reversal and the riding time points for a 9-5 victory over Franco and a 9-0 lead in the match.
Hofstra scored their first points of the season at 141 pounds as Minnesota native son Luke Vaith (Hastings, MN), ranked 13th, edged seventh-ranked sophomore Nick Dardanes, 6-4. It was the Hofstra junior’s highest-ranked victory. Pride senior Matt Spataro (Garfield, NJ) downed junior Tom Giamo, 5-4 on the riding time point to close the Hofstra deficit to 9-6.
But that would the last victory the Pride would get as the Golden Gophers would win the next six matches to win going away. At 157 pounds in the battle of the unranked, Minnesota sophomore Seth Lange edged Pride senior Tyler Banks (Griswold, CT), 3-1 on a takedown in the fourth overtime period. Senior Cody Yahn, ranked 10th at 165 pounds by InterMat, jumped all over Pride sophomore Nick Terdick with five near-falls in the first five minutes on the way to a 15-0 technical fall.
At 174 pounds, Minnesota sophomore Logan Storley, ranked sixth by InterMat, posted a 12-1 major decision over Hofstra sophomore Jermaine John (Brooklyn,NY) for a 21-6 advantage. Minnesota’s fourth-ranked junior Kevin Steinhaus blanked junior Taras Luzhnyy (Kiev, Ukraine) in a 10-0 major decision in the Hofstra wrestler’s Pride debut at 184 pounds for a 25-6 advantage. At 197 pounds, 11th-ranked sophomore Scott Schiller defeated Pride freshman Victor Pozsonyi (Roselle Park, NJ) by major decision, 14-4 to end the run of four bonus point wins for the Golden Gophers.
In the match finale at 285 pounds, defending national champion and top-ranked Tony Nelson sandwiched a pair of takedowns around an escape and collected 2:17 of riding time in a 6-3 victory over Hofstra senior Paul Snyder (Greensburg, PA).
The Pride return to action on Sunday (Nov. 11) when they face the 25th-ranked Badgers of the University of Wisconsin at the UW Field House. Match time is 2 p.m. (ET).
#3 Minnesota 32, #16 Hofstra 6
125 – #11 David Thorn (UM) WBF #4 Steve Bonanno (HU), 3:00
133 – #6 Chris Dardanes (UM) dec. #15 Jamie Franco (HU), 9-5
141 – #13 Luke Vaith (HU) dec. #7 Nick Dardanes (UM), 6-4
149 – Matt Spataro (HU) dec. Tom Giamo (UM), 5-4
157 – Seth Lange (UM) dec. Tyler Banks (HU), 3-1 in SV
165 – #10 Cody Yohn (UM) tech fall Nick Terdick (HU), 15-0
174 – #6 Logan Storley (UM) maj. dec. Jermaine John (HU), 12-1
184 – #4 Kevin Steinhaus (UM) maj. dec. Taras Luzhnyy (HU), 10-0
197 – #11 Scott Schiller (UM) maj. dec. Victor Pozsonyi (HU), 14-4
285 – #1 Tony Nelson (UM) dec. Paul Snyder (HU), 6-3