No. 1 Minnesota wins 3rd straight NWCA Dual title

No. 1 Minnesota claimed the EAS/NWCA National Dual Championship for the third consecutive year with a 24-15 victory over fourth-ranked Cornell on Sunday night at Ohio State. This is the eighth championship for the Golden Gophers who advance to 12-1 on the season.

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The Gophers were able to claim six of the 10 bouts, including three majors and a fall, en route to the National Duals championship. Read full recap.

Ohio State finished third, while Illinois went 2-2 in the event.

125: No. 1 Nahson Garrett (Cornell) won by decision over Sam Brancale (Minnesota), 12-5. Cornell leads 3-0.
133: No. 8 David Thorn (Minnesota) won by major decision over Mark Grey (Cornell), 11-3. Gophers lead 4-3.
141: No. 5 Chris Dardanes (Minnesota) won by major decision over Logan David (Cornell), 16-6. Gophers lead 8-3.
149: No. 3 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) won in sudden victory 1 over Chris Villalonga (Cornell), 5-4. Gophers lead 12-3.
157: No. 5 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) won by fall over Brian Realbuto (Cornell) at 1:13. Gophers lead 17-3.
165: Dylan Palacio (Cornell) won by fall over Danny Zilverberg (Minnesota) at 7:43. Gophers lead 17-9.
174: No. 6 Logan Storley (Minnesota) won by decision over Craig Eifert (Cornell), 8-2. Gophers lead 20-9.
184: Gabriel Dean (Cornell) won in overtime over Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota), 3-2. Gophers lead 20-12.
197: No. 4 Scott Schiller (Minnesota) won by major decision over Jace Bennett (Cornell), 11-1. Gophers lead 24-12. HWT: Jacob Aiken-Phillips (Cornell) won by decision over Michael Kroells (Minnesota), 7-6. Gophers win 24-15.


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Jerrod Lee on 2/17/2014 @ 9:11pm EDT Said:

BTN – do you feel that is fair coverage of a National Champion? You showed 2 Gopher victories and 3 Cornell victories in your highlight clip. Do you have something against Minnesota? If anything, you should be favoring the Big 10 school in your coverage.

Mike on 2/18/2014 @ 9:37am EDT Said:

How did the Palacio-Zilverberg match end in a fall during the sudden death overtime period? They were not still scrambling. Palacio, as was commented, “was able to lock up the cradle.” So, even if Palacio obtained control right along with the pinning position, a take-down should have been counted and the match ended at that moment, not one, two, or three seconds later with the pin.