North Dakota State 34, Northern Illinois 3

NDSU Bounces Back with 34-3 Road Win at Northern Illinois

DEKALB, Ill. – North Dakota State University snapped a three-dual losing streak by taking down Northern Illinois University 34-3 in a non-conference dual Sunday, Jan. 28, in Chick Evans Field House. The Bison won the first seven bouts and nine overall including a fall, tech fall and a pair of major decisions.

NDSU (6-8, 0-5 #Big12WR) is scheduled to host Iowa State (6-7, 1-4 #Big12WR) at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, and Air Force (6-2, 1-1 #Big12WR) at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, in a pair of Big 12 Conference duals at Scheels Center. Iowa State lost 31-3 at Oklahoma State on Sunday.

North Dakota State won the first seven bouts to open a commanding 27-0 lead. Redshirt freshman 125 Paul Bianchi (Two Rivers, Wis.) came up with a takedown with 46-seconds left in the third period for a 4-3 decision over No. 25-ranked Brock Hudkins. Bianchi became the second Bison to reach 20 wins, and stands at 20-10 overall and 8-6 in duals.

ndsulogo Cam Sykora, a 133-pound redshirt sophomore from Wheaton, Minn., snapped a four-match losing streak with an 18-3 tech fall at 5:26 over Alijah Jeffery. Sykora is now 16-7 overall and 7-4 in duals. He notched his NCAA leading ninth tech fall of the season.

A pair of lopsided wins followed. Redshirt sophomore Nico Colunga (9-7) claimed his first dual win in four tries this season with a 6-0 decision over Anthony Rubino at 141 pounds, while journeyman 149-pounder Kyle Gliva worked his way to a 16-3 major decision over Nolan Baker to run his record to 19-9 overall and 9-4 in duals.

NDSU No.9-ranked 157-pounder Clay Ream (18-3, 12-1) had his hands full with Caden McWhirter, but grinded for a 6-4 decision. Meanwhile, No. 17-ranked 165 Andrew Fogarty (25-8, 9-5), recorded his sixth pin of the season at 3:59 over Andrew Scott. Ream and Gliva both won two matches this weekend.

Dylan Urbach kept the train moving as the Lisbon, North Dakota native collected a 9-3 decision over Quinton Rosser at 174 pounds. Urbach (2-5, 1-3) completed his first live action since the Cliff Keen Invitational on Dec. 1-2.

Northern Illinois (2-7, 0-4 MAC) broke the run when 184-pounder Bryce Gorman won 8-4 over Cole Witzig.

North Dakota State closed strong with 197 Cordell Eaton (15-10, 7-7) earning a 10-2 major decision over Max Ihry and heavyweight Dan Stibral (16-11, 6-8) posting a 10-4 decision over Caleb Gossett.

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018
Chick Evans Field House / DeKalb, Ill.

North Dakota State 34, Northern Illinois 3

125 – Paul Bianchi (NDSU) dec #25 Brock Hudkins (NIU), 4-3
133 – Cam Sykora (NDSU) tech fall Alijah Jeffery (NIU), TF 18-3 5:26
141 – Nico Colunga (NDSU) dec Anthony Rubino (NIU), 6-0
149 – Kyle Gliva (NDSU) major dec Nolan Baker (NIU), MD 16-3
157 – #9 Clay Ream (NDSU) dec Caden McWhirter (NIU), 6-4
165 – #17 Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) fall Andrew Scott (NIU), 3:59
174 – Dylan Urbach (NDSU) dec Quinton Rosser (NIU), 9-3
184 – Bryce Gorman (NIU) dec Cole Witzig (NDSU), 8-4
197 – Cordell Eaton (NDSU) major dec Max Ihry (NIU), MD 10-2
285 – Dan Stibral (NDSU) Caleb Gossett (NIU), 10-4

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