North Dakota State 26, Boise State 15

Bison Tame No. 21 Broncos Behind Two Pins in 26-15 Victory

BOISE, Idaho – The North Dakota State Bison wrestling team beat the Boise State Broncos 26-15 in a non-conference dual Friday, Jan. 17, picking up their first win over a ranked opponent this season.

Third-ranked Steven Monk earned the Bison’s first pin of the night with three seconds left in the first period at 165 pounds, and redshirt freshman Tyler Lehman sealed the NDSU victory with a pin at the 1:54 mark in the first period over Boise State’s Cody Dixon at 197 pounds.

NDSU BisonNo. 22 NDSU has won five of its last six duals and improved to 5-3, while Boise State – coming into the match rated No. 21 in the Intermat rankings – fell to 2-4 this season.

After falling behind in the first match, NDSU senior Justin LaValle earned a 16-1 technical fall at 133 pounds over Matt Nader to spark the Bison lineup.

NDSU redshirt freshman Clay Cathey earned a 4-3 decision over Travis Himmelman at 141 pounds and after the Broncos’ 149-pounder Chris Castillo scored an 8-4 decision, Bison freshman Nick Olejnik used a reversal in double-overtime to help give the Bison an 11-6 lead heading into Monk’s weight class.

Monk won his 12th straight match this season and No.12/13 Hayden Zillmer won 6-2 over Austin Dewey at 174 pounds, extending the NDSU lead to 20-6.

Lehman capped off the Bison dual by putting the score out of reach with a pin one minute, six seconds into his match.

The Bison travel to Oregon State for a non-conference dual on Sunday, Jan. 19, before returning home to the Bison Sports Arena on Friday, Jan. 24, against Air Force.

North Dakota State 26, Boise State 15
125: Rami Haddadin (Boise State) won by decision over Hunter Weber (NDSU), 3-1
133: Justin LaVelle (NDSU) won by tech fall over Matt Nader (Boise State), 16-1
141: Clay Cathey (NDSU) won by decision over Travis Himmelman (Boise State), 4-3
149: Chris Castillo (Boise State) won by decision over Tyler Diamond (NDSU), 8-4
157: Nick Olejnik (NDSU) won by decision over Taylor West (Boise State), 5-3 (2OT)
165: No. 3 Steven Monk (NDSU) won by pin over Holden Packard (Boise State), 2:56
174: No. 12/13 Hayden Zillmer (NDSU) won by decision over Austin Dewey (Boise State), 6-2
184: No. 6/7 Jake Swartz (Boise State) won by decision over Kurtis Julson (NDSU), 4-2
197: Tyler Lehmann (NDSU) won by pin over Cody Dixon (Boise State), 1:54
285: No. 6/8 J.T. Felix (Boise State) won by pin over John Gusewelle (NDSU), 4:47

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