OREM, Utah – North Dakota State 125-pound sophomore Trent Sprenkle was named Western Wrestling Conference Co-Wrestler of the Week after upsetting No. 13 Ben Kjar of Utah Valley on Saturday. Sprenkle shares the weekly honor with Northern Iowa’s Caleb Flores, who defeated No. 15 Michael Martinez of Wyoming.
No. 19 Sprenkle jumped out to a 5-0 lead over Kjar with two takedowns and an escape. Kjar tallied four points in the third period, but Sprenkle’s two escapes and point for riding time sealed the 8-4 upset win. Sprenkle was the only wrestler to defeat Kjar in dual action this season.
Sprenkle’s decision helped the Bison claim a 25-10 win over Utah Valley to even their conference record at 3-3. The Billings, Mont. native finished the regular season with an overall record of 29-7 and a 12-2 mark in duals.
The weekly honor is the first of Sprenkle’s career and the second of the season for the Bison.