LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sophomore and 17th ranked Steven Monk finished fourth at 157 pounds to lead the North Dakota State wrestling team on the second day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. No. 7 Trent Sprenkle was fifth at 125 pounds, while Kurtis Julson took eighth at 174 pounds.
Monk opened action today with a 7-1 loss to No. 1 and eventual tournament champion Kyle Dake of Cornell. In the consolation semifinals, he won a 5-0 decision over No. 14 Josh Demas of Ohio State. Monk lost a close 7-6 decision to Nebraska’s James Green in the third place bout.
At 125 pounds, Sprenkle claimed a 4-2 sudden victory win over Indiana’s Zach Zimmer. He then won a 6-5 decision over No. 16 Anthony Zanetta of Pittsburgh. Sprenkle then lost to Ohio State’s Johnni DiJulius for the second time in the tournament, 7-1. In the fifth place bout, Sprenkle won a 3-1 decision over Western Wrestling Conference foe and 14th-ranked Michael Martinez of Wyoming.
Julson opened this morning with a 3-2 win over Nebraska’s Tyler Koehn at 174 pounds, but lost a 6-4 decision to Indiana’s Ryan Leblanc in the next round. In the eighth place match, Julson was shutout 7-0 by No. 19 Ethan Headlee of Pittsburgh.
At 197 pounds, John Gusewelle was eliminated from the tournament after getting pinned by Drexel’s Brandon Palik in four minutes 25 seconds in his first match of the day.
The Bison will return to Fargo to host South Dakota State in the Western Wrestling Conference opener Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Bison Sports Arena.