Bison Wrestling Drops Rematch to Oregon State at National Duals, 23-14
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20 North Dakota State wrestling team won three straight weight classes, but was unable to overcome the No. 25 Oregon State Beavers in a 23-14 loss at the EAS/NWCA National Duals at St. John Arena Monday, Feb. 17.
Bison sophomore No.11 Hayden Zillmer and junior No. 23 Kurtis Julson picked up decisions at 174 and 184 pounds, respectively, cutting the deficit to 16-14.
Oregon State finished off the match with a major decision by No. 11 Taylor Meeks at 197 pounds, while NDSU junior Evan Knutson narrowly fell to No. 14 Amarveer Dhesi, 3-2.
The Beavers picked up a split in duals this season with the victory Monday, avenging a 19-17 non-conference defeat to the Bison on Jan. 19, in Corvallis, Ore.
NDSU redshirt freshman Hunter Weber scored the three remaining points with a 6-0 decision at 125 pounds.
Monk – ranked third in the nation at 165 pounds with an overall record of 27-1 – was the only Bison wrestler to win each of their dual matchups at the National Duals competition, while earning his 20th consecutive victory.
The Bison (10-6) return home to host the Wyoming Cowboys in a Western Wrestling Conference dual at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Bison Sports Arena.
Oregon State 23, North Dakota State 14
125: Hunter Weber (NDSU) won by decision over Pat Rollins (Oregon State), 6-0
133: Joey Palmer (Oregon State) won by pin over Justin LaValle (NDSU), 4:37
141: Joey Delgado (Oregon State) won by decision over Clay Cathey (NDSU), 3-0
149: No. 11 Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State) won by decision over Tyler Diamond (NDSU), 8-2
157: No. 8 RJ Pena (Oregon State) won by major decision over Nick Olejnik (NDSU), 11-1
165: No. 3 Steven Monk (NDSU) won by tech fall over Toney Chay (Oregon State), 16-1
174: No. 11 Hayden Zillmer (NDSU) won by decision over Joe Latham (Oregon State), 4-3
184: No. 23 Kurtis Julson (NDSU) won by decision over Austin Morehead (Oregon State), 5-3
197: No. 11 Taylor Meeks (Oregon State) won by major decision over No. 27 Tyler Lehmann (NDSU), 20-8
285: No. 14 Amerveer Dhesi (Oregon State) won by decision over No. 26 Evan Knutson (NDSU), 3-2