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Gophers head into ranked showdown with SDSU

MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 10 Gophers (1-0) will take to the streets fresh from the Thanksgiving holiday this weekend as they take on No. 24 South Dakota State in their first street duals of the season on Sunday afternoon .

The road trip begins with three straight weekends for Maroon & Gold and will also be Minnesota’s first ranked competition of the season after clinching a 19-15 win over Binghamton in the home opener. It’s the first time since 2019 that the “U” has fought the Jackrabbits on the street, where they claimed a 22-10 victory.

The action begins at 1pm CST and will be streamed live on FloWrestling ($). Fans can also follow match-by-match updates on Twitter at @GopherWrestling.

Tale of the Tape – The Jackrabbits
South Dakota State is led by head coach Damion Hahn, a two-time NCAA champion and four-time All-American for Minnesota during his time as a competitor. Hahn carries a 34-26 record at the helm and leads a lineup that hosts six top-ranked wrestlers, including seniors Clay Carlson and Tanner Sloan.

South Dakota State enters the season with a record 1-0 after beating Augustana 40-4 in their home opener. The Jackrabbits also held their annual Daktronics Open this past weekend, where they came home with five champions that day.

The series with the state of South Dakota
Minnesota holds a 24-5 all-time lead over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in a streak that began during the 1950 season. The Gophers have won their last eight contests with SDSU dating back to 1977, making it the longest winning streak for either team in series history.

First date: W, 22-4 (1/30/1950)

Last meeting: W, 27-13 (28.11.2021)

Longest winning streak: W8 (12.1.1977-28.11.2021)

Longest losing streak: L3 (12/21/1968-12/19/1970)

Current streak: W8

Last meeting:
Minnesota hosted South Dakota State for a home dual on November 28, 2021, in which the Golden Gophers won seven of ten fights en route to a 27-13 win. Bonus point wins proved to be the difference in the competition Isaiah Salazargables Steveson, Patrick McKee, Jake Glivaand Brayton Lee all won by bonus points. Michael Blockhus and Michael Foy rounded out the rest of Minnesota’s wins as Foy led the duel with a 9-3 win over No. 6 Tanner Sloan at 197 pounds. The double win was also Minnesota’s 1,000th win in program history.

Possible matchups:
Sunday’s matchup with South Dakota State will have a total of 15 ranked wrestlers in the starting line-ups, with the potential for five ranked matches throughout the duel

This weekend could see the return of Patrick McKee on the starting lineup at 125 pounds after his pin over Iowa State’s Kysen Terukina in Tuesday’s NWCA All-Star Classic. He would take on SDSU’s Tanner Jordan in which McKee is 3-0 against him and all three wins are by bonus points.

The potential feature fight of the afternoon would be at 141lbs, where No. 3 Jake Bergeland would face No. 6 Clay Carlson. Bergeland is 0-3 all-time against Carlson, with the latter two competing at the Cliff Keen Invitational in December last year. However, Bergeland has improved a lot since they last met, winning 20 of his last 26 fights, including becoming an All-American for the first time in his career at the NCAA championships last season.

At 165 pounds, Andrew Sparks will take another hit against ranked opponent Tanner Cook after falling on him in their competition last season. Sparks led the match 12-7 in the second half before Cook went toe to back and pinned Sparks to start the duel.

Another ranking competition is at 174 points, where Bailiff O’Reilly could take on No. 12 Cade DeVos. The two faced each other twice last season, with DeVos winning both contests.

184 pounds looks another ranked competitor on either side, as Isaiah Salazar and Cade King might see each other Sunday afternoon. Michael Foy is also listed at that weight for the Maroon & Gold, where he notched wins against both likely South Dakota State starters at that weight en route to a Daktronics Open title last weekend.

The dual’s last ranked fight would be at 197 pounds, where Garret Joles could see his third-ranked opponent in No. 11 Tanner Sloan.

After this weekend’s street contest against the Jackrabbits, the Gophers return home for a rare face-off against Augustana on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Williams Arena. The Maroon & Gold will then head out to compete in another installment of their legendary rivalry with the state of Oklahoma on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Minnesota Probable Starters
125 – No. 4 Patrick McKee (2-0) -OR- Troy Spratley (3-0)
133 – No. 18 Aaron Nagao (4-0)
141 – No. 3 Jake Bergeland (2-0) -OR- Vance vom Baur (2-2)
149 – No. 17 Michael Blockhus (5-0)
157 – No. 2 Brayton Lee (1-0)
165-#27 Andrew Sparks (3-1)
174 – No. 20 Bailiff O’Reilly (0-0) -OR- Jared Krattiger (4-0)
184 – No. 13 Isaiah Salazar (3-1) -OR- Michael Foy (5-1)
197 – #28 Garret Joles (3-1)
HWT – Keaton Kluver (2-3) -OR- Bennett Tabor (0-0)

Probable starters in the state of South Dakota
125: Gerber Jordan (5-2)
133: Derrick Cardinal (0-0) -OR- Caleb Thoennes (2-2)
141: #6 Clay Carlson (4-1) -OR- Caleb Gross (5-4)
149: Alexander Martin (0-0)
157: Cael Swensen (1-0)
165: #26 Tanning Cook (3-0)
174: #13 Cade DeVos (5-0)
184: #27 Cade King (1-1) -OR- Bennett Berge (2-1)
197: #11 Tanner Sloan (0-0) -OR- Nick Casperson (5-1)
HWT: #14 AJ Nevills (2-0)

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