Bison’s Monk Earns Berth in Semifinals at Las Vegas Invitational

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – 17th-ranked North Dakota State sophomore Steven Monk won three straight bouts to advance to the 157 pound semifinals at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Friday, Dec. 2. No. 7 Trent Sprenkle, Kurtis Julson and John Gusewelle are also still alive in the consolation bracket. Semifinal action begins Saturday, Dec. 3 at 12 p.m. Central.

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Ohio State leads the team scoring with 69 points. The Bison sit in 13th place with 34 points.

Monk opened with a pin of North Carolina’s Corey Mock in three minutes 10 seconds. In the second round, he defeated Anthony Box of Cal State Bakersfield by technical fall, 20-2. Monk won an 8-1 decison over Oregon State’s Roger Pena in the quarterfinals. He will wrestle top-ranked Kyle Dake of Cornell in the semifinals Saturday.

At 197 pounds, Gusewelle won his opening bout with a 6-2 decision over Nebraska-Kearney’s Nick Bauman. He lost a 16-5 major decision to No. 7 Matt Wilps of Pittsburgh in the second round, but rebounded to win his next two bouts. After a 9-6 win over Northern Colorado’s Mark Morrill, Gusewelle upset No. 19 Ryan Smith of Cal Poly, pinning him in 1:13. Gusewelle will wrestle Brandon Palik of Drexel Saturday.

Julson defeated Chris Knowland of Cal Baptist in his opening bout at 174 pounds by fall, pinning Knowland in 6:39. After a 3-2 win over William George of Cornell, Julson dropped an 8-2 decision to No. 1 Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford in the quarterfinals. Julson will wrestle Nebraska’s Tyler Koehn tomorrow.

At 125 pounds, Sprenkle opened with a 9-3 win over Boise State’s Isaac Romero. Sprenkle was upset in the second round by Johnni DiJulius of Ohio State, 11-8. He rebounded to win two straight, a 9-4 win over Jaime Martinez of Cal Baptist and a 22-7 technical fall over North Carolina’s Brian Bokoski. Sprenkle will take on Zach Zimmer of Indiana on Saturday.

Mac Stoll and Tyler Johnson went 2-2 at 184 and 165 pounds, respectively, while Tyler Diamond (141) and Evan Knutson (Hwt) posted 1-2 records. Justin Solberg at 133 pounds and Mark Erickson at 149 pounds both went 0-2.

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