NDSU Wrestling Defeats Northern Iowa 22-15 For First Win Since 1976-77
FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State University won six of 10 matches including a pair of tech falls to defeat the University of Northern Iowa 22-15 in a non-conference dual Saturday, Feb. 13, before 373 at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse to end a 14-match losing to the Panthers that dated back to the 1976-77 season.
NDSU (4-5, 2-1 Big 12 Wrestling) is scheduled to close out the regular season against South Dakota State University at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.
The Bison won four of the first five matches against UNI (3-10, 2-6 Mid-American Conference including 17th-ranked Josh Rodriguez, who opened with a 17-1 tech fall over Leighton Gual in 4:26 to put NDSU ahead 5-0. Rodriguez improved to 29-7 overall and 8-1 in duals.
Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Bengtson recorded a takedown with 1:03 left in the third to take the win.
Northern Iowa gained a brief 6-5 lead when 15th-ranked Josh Alber pinned Nico Colunga at 2:05 in the first period.
However, North Dakota State scratched out wins in the next three weight divisions to take a 14-6 lead as 141 Mitch Bengtson edged UNI’s Tyler Willers 3-2, 149 Clay Ream came back to defeat Adam Perrin 12-8, and 157 Kyle Gliva stunned Zach Witte 8-3.
Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Bengtson recorded a takedown with 1:03 to hold off Willers. Ream broke an 8-8 tie in the third with an escape, takedown and earned a point on 1:59 riding time. Gliva trailed 3-2 in third but gained a takedown with 1:02 left in the third and cemented the victory with a 4-point nearfall with 35-seconds remaining.
North Dakota State’s Grant Nehring dropped a 6-3 decision to Taylor Berger at 165 pounds, but Tyler McNutt literally reversed his fortunes in a 5-2 decision over Kyle Lux. McNutt used a pair of reversals and gained a point with 1:40 of riding time.
NDSU 184-pound senior Hayden Zillmer extended his dual streak to 25 with a 23-7 tech fall over Drew Foster at the 5:53 mark. Zillmer, who is ranked fourth nationally, improved to 27-3 overall and 9-0 in duals. He is tied for ninth on the school’s career list with a 101-27 record.
Northern Iowa won the final two matches. Cody Krumwiede defeated Logan Paxton 3-1 in sudden victory-1 overtime at 197 pounds, while 16th-ranked Blaize Cabell held off Ben Tynan at 285.
Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse, Fargo, N.D.
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016
(Dual started at 125 pounds)
North Dakota State 22, Northern Iowa 15
125 – No. 17 Josh Rodriguez (NDSU) tech fall Leighton Gual (UNI), TF 17-1, 4:26
133 – No. 15 Josh Alber (UNI) pins Nick Colunga (NDSU), 2:05
141 – Mitch Bengtson (NDSU) dec. Tyler Willers (UNI), 3-2
149 – Clay Ream (NDSU) dec. Adam Perrin (UNI), 12-8
157 – Kyle Gliva (NDSU) dec. Zach Witte (UNI), 8-3
165 – Taylor Berger (UNI) dec. Grant Nehring (NDSU), 6-3
174 – Tyler McNutt (NDSU) dec. Kyle Lux (UNI), 5-2
184 – No. 4 Hayden Zillmer (NDSU) tech fall Drew Foster (UNI), TF 23-7, 5:53
197 – Cody Krumweide (UNI) sudden victory-1 Logan Paxton (NDSU), SV-1 3-1
285 – No. 16 Blaize Cabell (UNI) dec. Ben Tynan (NDSU), 7-4
North Dakota State wins for only third time in series history (3-22-1) and first time since 1976-77 season
184 Hayden Zillmer (27-3) extended dual streak to 26 matches … Improved to 101-27 in career
NDSU 4-5 … Bison host South Dakota State at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 at BBF
Northern Iowa 3-10