Four NDSU Pins Stun Utah Valley, No. 20 Bison Defeat Wolverines 33-11
OREM, Utah – The No. 20 North Dakota State wrestling team remain unbeaten in Western Wrestling Conference action, picking up a 33-11 victory over the Utah Valley Wolverines on Friday, Feb. 7.
Pins by redshirt freshman Hunter Weber and senior Steven Monk carried the Bison in a back-and-forth match, before NDSU rattled off five straight victories to end the dual.
Weber gave NDSU a boost to start the dual, earning a second-period fall over Utah Valley’s No. 17-ranked Jade Rauser.
The Wolverines took a 7-6 lead before NDSU regained control with a 7-2 decision at 149 pounds by NDSU senior Tyler Diamond. Utah Valley went up 11-9 before the Bison took command of the match.
Third-ranked Steven Monk had the second pin of the match for the Bison in the second period at 165 pounds over Utah Valley’s Logan Addis, giving him his 16th consecutive victory.
The Bison’s No.13-ranked Hayden Zillmer and No. 19-ranked Kurtis Julson both held on for decisions, putting NDSU up 21-11 heading into the final two bouts.
Tyler Lehmann earned his sixth pin in the seventh dual he’s wrestled for NDSU this season, picking up a fall at the 4:10 mark over Derek Thomas. Junior Evan Knutson put the match away with the team’s fourth pin of the night, getting a fall with five seconds left in the first period over Utah Valley’s Richard Larsen.
NDSU continues its WWC road trip Sunday when it faces off with Northern Colorado at 3 p.m. (CT)/2 p.m. (MT) in Greeley, Colo.
North Dakota State 33, Utah Valley 11
125: Hunter Weber (NDSU) won by pin over No. 17 Jade Rauser (Utah Valley), 3: 52
133: Chasen Tolbert (Utah Valley) won by decision over Justin LaValle (NDSU) 10-4
141: Avery Garner (Utah Valley) won by major decision over Clay Cathey (NDSU), 10-1
149: Tyler Diamond (NDSU) won by decision over Tyler Wilson (Utah Valley), 7-2
157: Chase Cuthbertson (Utah Valley) won by major decision over Nick Olejnik (NDSU), 16-7
165: No. 3 Steven Monk (NDSU) won by pin over Logan Addis (Utah Valley), 4:27
174: No. 13 Hayden Zillmer (NDSU) won by decision over Monte Schmalhaus (Utah Valley), 9-4
184: No. 19 Kurtis Julson (NDSU) won by decision over Ethan Smith (Utah Valley), 2-0
197: Tyler Lehmann (NDSU) won by pin over Derek Thomas, 4:10
285: Evan Knutson (NDSU) won by pin over Richard Larsen, 2:55