MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota wrestling program put on a dominant show in a rare appearance in the Williams Arena double floor as they clinched a 37-4 win over Division II opponent Augustana on Thursday night.
The Gophers won nine of that night’s 10 fights, earning their biggest win since Jan. 16, 2021, when they defeated Maryland 48-0 in a triangle game hosted by Michigan State.
The Maroon & Gold proved to be the aggressors early and often throughout the duel, particularly on the feet where they racked up 31 takedowns to Augustana’s seven on the night. The Vikings didn’t score an offensive point after the first game of the evening.
The dual started at 125 pounds, which is a true freshman and a South Dakota native Quincy Hulverson would make his first career start but fell 16-7 to eighth-seeded Division-II Jaxson Rohman.
Jake Gliva took the mat for his first start since last season against 133-pound John Babineau, where Gliva would roll to a 16-5 major decision with seven takedowns throughout the game.
Vance vom Baur continued the offensive attack with nine takedowns of his own in his match as he dominated his opponent with a 22-7 technical fall.
Marcos Polano Minnesota gave their first pin of the night with a fall in the second period over Kyle Boeke. Polanco started the second frame below where he earned a quick reversal before driving a half-nelson to Boeke’s back in the fall.
Sebas Swiggum got the nod at 157 pounds, where he used an eight-point offensive hit in the opening stages to make an 8-1 decision over Miles Fitzgerald, the tenth-ranked 157-pounder in Division-II.
coming out of the break Andrew Sparks controlled another opponent in the rankings in 6th-ranked Tyler Wagener in a 12-1 major decision. Sparks returned to his offensive ways in this game, securing four takedowns in the win.
To Jared Krattiger won a 3-2 decision at 174 pounds, Sam Skillings earned an impressive 6-1 win over Augustana’s top-ranked wrestler in #4 Cade Mueller.
Garret Joles kept it going for Minnesota with a 4-1 decision at 197 pounds, previously Keaton Kluver ended the duel in style with a fall in 2:39 after hitting a lateral drop on the edge of the mat.
With the win, the Gophers remain undefeated with a 3-0 record in the season as Augustana falls to 0-2 against Division I opponents in the year after dropping both contests.
Looking ahead, the Gophers head into the weekend with a big contest when they travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma on Sunday, December 4 for a date with fifth-placed Oklahoma State. The clash begins at 2:00 p.m. CST at the historic Gallagher-Iba Arena and will be streamed live on ESPN+
#10 MINNESOTA (37), #5-DII AUGUSTANA (4)
December 1, 2022 | Minneapolis, Minnesota | Williams Arena | Number of visitors: 2156
125: #8-DII Jaxson Rohman (AUG) Maj. Dec. Quincy Hulverson (MINN), 16-7
133: Jake Gliva (MINN) Maj. Dec. John Babineau (August), 16-5
141: Vance Vom Baur (MIN) tech. fall Kade Sammons (AUG), 22-7
149: Marcos Polano (MINN) pinned Kyle Boeke (AUG), 3:23
157: Sebas Swiggum (MINN) Dec #10-DII Miles Fitzgerald (AUG), 8-1
165: #27 Andrew Sparks (MINN) Maj. Dec. #6-DII Tyler Wagener (AUG), 12-1
174: Jared Krattiger (MINN) Dec. Jacob Tvinnereim (AUG), 3-2
184: Sam Skillings (MINN) Dec #4-DII Cade Mueller (AUG), 6-1
197: #28 Garret Joles (MINN) Dec. Zach Peterson (Aug), 4-1
HWT: Keaton Kluver (MINN) pinned Edward Hajas (AUG), 2:39
Note: Minnesota rankings by InterMat, Augustana rankings by NWCA