MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota picked up wins in the final four matches as the No. 3 Gophers defeated No. 1 Oklahoma State 28-9 to win the championship match of the Cliff Keen National Duals on Saturday night at Williams Arena.
OSU (17-1) got wins from No. 1 Jordan Oliver at 149 pounds, Alex Dieringer at 157 and Tyler Caldwell at 165, but couldn't overcome Minnesota in the other weights. It was the second year in a row the Gophers stopped the Cowboys in the National Duals finals after Minnesota won 18-13 last year in Stillwater.
“It was a tough match tonight,” OSU coach John Smith said. “It didn't seem like anything went right for us. The one thing I take from this is that it doesn't get any harder than that. It was a tough environment. We had a lot of wrestling and traveling in the last seven days, and that made it tougher. We just have to grow from this.”
With the Gophers leading 10-9 after Caldwell's win, Minnesota went on an 18-0 concluding run. The highlight came at 174 pounds, where No. 1 Logan Storley of Minnesota pinned No. 2 Chris Perry in 8 minutes, 20 seconds. The Gophers' Kevin Steinhaus and Scott Schiller then earned decisions, and No. 2 Tony Nelson pinned No. 3 Alan Gelogaev in 4:50 at heavyweight to close out the match.
Earlier Saturday, OSU beat former Big 12 foe Missouri 22-9 in the semifinals. Oliver, Dieringer, Caldwell and Perry all picked up wins over the Tigers.
The Cowboys return to action on March 8 at Gallagher-Iba Arena as they take on West Virginia, Iowa State and Oklahoma in the Big 12 dual finals.