NDSU Wins Final Two Matches to Edge No. 18 Central Michigan 19-16
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State 197-pounder Cordell Eaton and heavyweight Dan Stibral closed with wins to lift the Bison to a 19-16 win over No. 18 Central Michigan in a non-conference dual Sunday, Dec. 10, before 440 spectators in the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.
NDSU (1-3, 0-2 #Big12WR) is scheduled to wrestle Utah Valley (4-2, 1-0 #Big12WR) in a Big 12 Conference dual at 1 p.m. Central Time, Friday, Dec. 15. The Bison then compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Dec. 17.
NDSU trailed the Chippewas 16-12 heading into the final two weight classes.
Eaton, a redshirt sophomore from Long Grove, Iowa, was guarding a 5-4 lead over Central Michigan 197 Landon Pelham through two periods. He exploded in the third for eight points on a pair of takedowns and 2-point nearfall for a 13-5 major decision. Eaton improved to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in duals.
Stibral, a redshirt sophomore from Tabor, S.D., stepped up for North Dakota State in the dual’s final match. He trailed Central Michigan 285 Matt Stencel 1-0 before completing a takedown with 6-seconds remaining in the second period. Stibral gained an early escape for a 3-1 lead and fought off Stencel down the stretch including a challenge and video review in the closing seconds. Stibral improved to 6-4 overall and 2-2 in duals.
NDSU jumped out to a 6-0 lead as 125 Paul Bianchi opened with a first period takedown and closed strong for a 5-1 decision over Drew Hildebrandt, while teammate No. 22-ranked Cam Sykora overcame an early 2-1 deficit for an 11-5 decision over Dresden Simon.
Central Michigan won the next two matches, a pin by No. 20 141 Mason Smith at 4:14, and slim 8-6 decision by No. 3 Justin Oliver over Kyle Gliva at 149 pounds. Gliva nearly pulled off the upset in the final 30-seconds with a reversal and 4-point nearfall.
North Dakota State No. 15 157 Clay Ream tied the dual at 9-all with a 6-1 decision over Blake Montrie with all the scoring taking place in the third period. No. 16 165 Andrew Fogarty pulled away late for a 9-5 decision over Logan Parks.
The Chippewas answered with CJ Brucki’s 13-5 major decision over Charley Popp at 174, while No. 14 Jordan Ellingwood fought off Cole Witzig for a 4-0 decision for a 16-12 lead.
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017
Scheels Center / North Dakota State University
North Dakota State 19, #18 Central Michigan 16
125—Paul Bianchi (NDSU) dec Drew Hildebrandt (CMU), 5-1
133—#22 Cam Sykora (NDSU) dec Dresden Simon (CMU), 11-5
141—#20 Mason Smith (CMU) fall Sam Hampton (NDSU), 4:14
149—#3 Justin Oliver (CMU) dec Kyle Gliva (NDSU), 8-6
157—#15 Clay Ream (NDSU) dec Blake Montrie (CMU), 6-1
165—#16 Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) dec Logan Parks (CMU), 9-5
174—#15 CJ Brucki (CMU) major dec Charley Popp (NDSU), MD 13-5
184—#14 Jordan Ellingwood (CMU) dec Cole Witzig (NDSU), 4-0
197—Cordell Eaton (NDSU) major dec Landon Pelham (CMU), MD 13-5
285—Dan Stibral (NDSU) dec Matt Stencel (CMU), 3-1
Dual started at 125 pounds
Referee: Mike Hagerty
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