NDSU Reclaims Border Bell with Convincing 31-10 Win Over South Dakota State
FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State ended a four-match losing streak over three years to South Dakota State with a 31-10 win in a Big12 Conference dual before a season-high 949 spectators in the Scheels Center on Friday, Feb. 15. The Bison won their fourth straight dual win and also reclaimed the Border Bell trophy.
South Dakota State (2-9, 1-6 #Big12WR) jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Zach Carlson’s 17-2 tech fall at 7:00, but North Dakota State reeled off five straight wins to take control. It wasn’t easy. Cordell Eaton (17-7, 10-5) claimed a hard-fought 3-1 decision over Martin Mueller at 197 pounds, then Brandon Metz (14-10, 5-8) edged Blake Wolters 8-7 on riding time in the heavyweight match to put the Bison ahead 6-5.
No. 9-ranked Brent Fleetwood (20-3, 12-1) recorded his second fall of the season at 3:53 at 125 pounds to extend the lead to 12-5. Fleetwood became the first NDSU wrestler to reach 20 wins this season.
No. 16-ranked Cam Sykora (19-5, 11-3) held off Rylee Molitor for a 7-2 decision at 133 pounds, while 141-pound freshman Sawyer Degen (9-13, 1-6) posted a 9-5 decision over Aric Williams for his first dual win of the season.
SDSU’s No. 13-ranked 149 Henry Pohlmeyer trailed late in the third period, but turned the tables on Jaden Van Maanen to record a fall at 6:48.
The Bison bounced back and closed strong with three wins. Luke Weber (9-2, 5-1) fought off a late charge from Colten Carlson for a 10-7 decision at 157 pounds. No. 18-ranked 165 Andrew Fogarty (16-3, 13-2) rolled to his eighth straight win and sixth with bonus points with a 16-0 tech fall at 4:32. NDSU 174 Lorenzo De La Riva (16-8, 9-5) ended the dual with his third fall of the season at 6:45.
Both teams were deducted a team point for match misconduct.
The Jackrabbits end their four-dual Big 12 road swing next Friday (Feb. 22) at Oklahoma. Start time is 6 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center on the OU campus in Norman, Oklahoma.
NDSU (10-5, 5-3 #Big12WR) is scheduled to close out the regular season at Oklahoma (6-6, 1-3 #Big12WR) at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb 24, in Norman.
Dual started at 184 pounds
Referee—Gary Wade, Brian Klevington
North Dakota State 31, South Dakota State 10
184—Zach Carlson (SDSU) tech fall Michael Otomo (NDSU), TF 17-2 7:00
197—Cordell Eaton (NDSU) dec Martin Mueller (SDSU), 3-1
285—Brandon Metz (NDSU) dec Blake Wolters (SDSU), 8-7
125—#9 Brent Fleetwood (NDSU) fall Gregory Coapstick (SDSU), 3:53
133—#16 Cam Sykora (NDSU) dec Rylee Molitor (SDSU), 7-2
141—Sawyer Degen (NDSU) dec Aric Williams (SDSU), 9-5
149—#13 Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU) fall Jaden Van Maanen (NDSU), 6:48
157—Luke Weber (NDSU) dec Colten Carlson (SDSU), 10-7
165—#18 Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) tech fall Logan Peterson (SDSU), TF 16-0 4:32
174—Lorenzo De La Riva (NDSU) fall Samuel Grove (SDSU), 6:45