North Dakota State 45, Grand Canyon 3

Zillmer Picks Up 100th Career Win as NDSU Wrestling Levels Grand Canyon 45-3

PHOENIX, Ariz. — North Dakota State University won nine of 10 matches including 184-pounder Hayden Zillmer’s 100th career win and four pins to defeat Grand Canyon University 45-3 in a non-conference dual Sunday, Feb. 7 in Antelope Gymnasium.

NDSU (3-5, 2-1 Big 12) is scheduled to host the University of Northern Iowa (3-9, 2-5 MAC) in a non-conference dual at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.

Zillmer, a senior from Crosby, Minn. (Crosby-Ironton H.S.), built an 11-1 lead heading into the third period before recording his ninth pin of the season to become the 10th wrestler in program history to reach the career milestone and the third during the Division I era joining All-Americans Steve Monk and Trent Sprenkle.

NDSU BisonThe fifth-ranked Zillmer improved to 26-3 this season including an 8-0 in duals to push that streak to 24. His career record stands at 100-27.

“Hayden’s a guy who leads by example in our room and in his personal life. He’s a natural leader. Our guys look up to him and his work ethic. His success really showcases that,” said NDSU head coach Roger Kish.

Logan Paxton, a 197-pound junior from Elk Grove, Calif. (Pleasant Grove H.S./Sacramento City College), broke a 13-match losing streak with a 3-1 sudden victory-1 overtime win over Austin Trujillo. It was his first win since the Bison Open. Paxton stands at 6-16 overall and 1-7 in duals.

Zillmer’s pin was one of four for North Dakota State. Clay Ream (17-13, 3-5) grinded out his third fall this year at 149-pounds, 165 Grant Nehring (5-7, 4-3) claimed his fourth pin out of five wins and 285 Ben Tynan (17-9, 6-2) recorded his fourth fall of the season.

NDSU’s 16th-ranked 125 pounder Josh Rodriguez (28-7, 7-1) started the dual against Grand Canyon with a 21-6 tech fall, his sixth of the season. Kyle Gliva, a 157-pound sophomore, earned a 10-2 major decision. Mitch Bengtson (14-9, 3-1) banged out a 7-1 decision at 141 pounds while 133 Nico Colunga (14-14, 2-4) picked up a forfeit win.

Kenny Moore at 174 pounds gained the only win for Grand Canyon (5-18), a 4-1 decision over Blake Thompson.

Antelope Gymnasium, Phoenix, Ariz.
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

North Dakota State 45, Grand Canyon 3
125 – #16 Josh Rodriguez (NDSU) def. Trayton Libolt (GCU) Tech. Fall 21-6/5:20, NDSU 5-0
133 – Nico Colunga (NDSU) won by forfeit (GCU) 6-0, NDSU 11-0
141 – Mitch Bengtson (NDSU) def. Uzo Owuama (GCU) dec. 7-1, NDSU 14-0
149 – Clay Ream (NDSU) def. Joe Huber (GCU) Fall, NDSU 20-0
157 – Kyle Gliva (NDSU) def. Steven Abayon (GCU) Major Dec. 10-2, NDSU 24-0
165 – Grant Nehring (NDSU) def. Bobby Reece (GCU) Fall 4:29, NDSU 30-0
174 – Kenny Moore (GCU) def. Blake Thompson (NDSU) dec. 4-1, NDSU 30-3
184 – #5 Hayden Zillmer (NDSU) def. Austin Gaun (GCU) Fall 4:49, NDSU 36-3
197 – Logan Paxton (NDSU) def. Austin Trujillo (GCU) dec. 3-1 SV-1, NDSU 39-3
285 – Ben Tynan (NDSU) def. Sean Medley (GCU) Fall 5:55, NDSU 45-3

#5-ranked 184 Hayden Zillmer of North Dakota State recorded career win No. 100 … Zillmer becomes the 10th Bison wrestler to reach the milestone and the third during the Division I era.
NDSU 197 Logan Paxton snapped a 13-match losing streak

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