The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Wrestling team opened their 2019-20 season by facing Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners at Maturi Pavilion. The bout saw the return of Gopher wrestling alum, Manny Rivera, who was a three-time qualifier for the NCAA Tournament who helped the team win a national championship in 2007. Rivera was team captain in his senior year and recorded 27 pins with a record of 113-40 as a Gopher.
Minnesota opened the evening with a victory when Patrick McKee pinned Alex Hernandez-Figueroa less than a minute into the bout. It was McKee’s first victory as a Gopher.
Brayton Lee also picked up his first collegiate victory when he defeated #18 ranked Russell Rohlfing by a 7-6 decision. Devin Skatzka walked away with an 18-0 technical fall after Bailee O’Reilly had opened the second half of action with a hard fought 6-5 victory. Another dominant performance came as Owen Webster won 16-3, scoring five takedowns.
125 lb: #24 Pat McKee (Minnesota) defeats Alex Hernandez-Figueroa (Cal State Bakersfield) by fall :57.
133 lb: Chance Rich (Cal State Bakersfield) defeats Brent Jones (Minnesota) by dec. 7-4.
141 lb: #4 Mitch McKee (Minnesota) defeats Angelo Martinoni (Cal State Bakersfield) by major dec. 14-5.
149 lb: #11 Brayton Lee (Minnesota) defeats #18 Russell Rohlfing (Cal State Bakersfield) by dec. 8-7.
157 lb: #20 Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) defeats Wyatt Gerl (Cal State Bakersfield) by dec. 3-1 SV1.
165 lb: Bailee O’Reilly (Minnesota) defeats Jacob Thalin (Cal State Bakersfield) by dec. 6-5.
174 lb: #7 Devin Skatzka (Minnesota) defeats Josh Annis (Cal State Bakersfield) by tech fall 18-0.
184 lb: Owen Webster (Minnesota) defeats Josh Loomer (Cal State Bakersfield) by major dec. 16-3.
197 lb: #24 Dominic Ducharme (Cal State Bakersfield) defeats Garrett Joles (Minnesota) by dec. 6-4.
285 lb: Jarrod Snyder (Cal State Bakersfield) defeats Chase O’Connor (Minnesota) by dec. 4-1 TB1.
Photos by Matt Blewett.