Monk Drops Semifinal Contest to Top Seeded David Taylor, Will Wrestle in Medal Round

OKLAHOMA CITY – North Dakota State senior 165-pounder Steven Monk had his 29-match winning streak snapped in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships Friday evening, March 21, inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, dropping a 13-5 major decision to undefeated and No. 1 seeded David Taylor (33-0) of Penn State.

NDSU BisonMonk (34-2) will wrestle 11th-seeded Turtogto Luvsandorj (38-7) of The Citadel Saturday morning for a spot in the third-place match.

The Wausau, Wis., native has already achieved All-America status after winning his quarterfinal match Friday morning against Bloomburg’s Josh Veltre (24-7) via a pin at 6:41. Monk is the second Bison wrestler to become an All-American in the North Dakota State NCAA Division I era.

The medal rounds of the NCAA Championships begin at 10 a.m. CT Saturday morning, March 22. ESPNU and will provide live coverage of all the wrestling action.

NDSU NCAA Championships Semifinals Results:
165: No. 1 David Taylor (Penn State) maj. dec. No. 4 Steven Monk, 13-5

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