IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota made history twice Saturday, ending Iowa's decade-long domination to win its first NCAA wrestling championship and become the first team to capture the national title with no one in the finals.
The Golden Gophers, who have finished no worse than third in each of the previous four years, racked up 29 points from its 10 wrestlers in the consolation rounds to open a 138 1/2-117 1/2 lead over six-time defending champion Iowa.
The Hawkeyes earned just 5 1/2 points from their three consolation wrestlers and needed three pins and a technical fall from their four finalists to claim their 10th national title in 11 years. But the efforts of Jody Strittmatter, Eric Juergens, Doug Schwab and T.J. Williams fell far short as Iowa finished as runner-up with 125 1/2 points.
Minnesota also became the first team to have 10 all-Americans — wrestlers who finished in eighth place or higher.
Iowa State's Cael Sanderson won his third straight 184-pound title and was voted the meet's outstanding wrestler for an unprecedented third time. He raised his winning streak to 119 with an 8-4 victory over Oklahoma State's Daniel Cormier.