Bison Wrestling Takes Down Wyoming 22-14 for Big 12 Win
LARAMIE, Wyo. – Sophomore Owen Pentz picked up a huge upset to lead the way for North Dakota State Sunday afternoon, as the Bison (6-1, 1-1 Big 12) defeated Wyoming (0-3, 0-3 Big 12) 22-14 at the Uniwyo Sports Complex.
#32 Pentz defeated No. 3 Stephen Buchanan by recording his ninth pin of the year late in the second period. Pentz had a takedown in the first and then added an escape and a takedown in the second to open up a 5-1 lead before his pin. The victory the Bison back in front in the dual, a lead they didn’t relinquish over the final three matches.
With the pin, the sophomore moves into a tie with seniors Brandon Metz and Luke Weber for the NDSU active career lead in pins with 13.
The victory snapped a three-dual losing streak for the Bison to Wyoming but is also the fourth victory in the last five trips for NDSU to Laramie.
The Bison took an early lead with a 9-2 victory by Dylan Droegemueller, who started the scoring with a reversal in period two. He would then add a takedown, four-point nearfall, and a riding time point in the third period to secure the opening win.
Following a Wyoming win that gave them a 4-3 lead, No. 7 Jared Franek would get the Bison back in front in the 157-pound match with a shutout major decision victory over No. 14 Jacob Wright. Franek had takedowns in the first and second period before an eight-point third to secure the major decision victory.
No. 14 Luke Weber would follow it up with another victory in a top-15 showdown as he defeated No. 15 Cole Moody 10-5. Moody took the early lead in period one with a takedown, but Weber recorded a reversal, takedown, and a two-point near fall in the second to grab control at 7-3. Weber would add a takedown and the riding time point in the third.
Following two losses for the Bison and Wyoming taking an 11-10 lead in the dual, Pentz recorded his pin to put NDSU back in front 16-11.
No. 21 Brandon Metz followed up with an 8-3 victory over Terren Swartz. Metz recorded a pair of early takedowns and then added an escape and takedown in the second to go up 7-2. Metz would secure the riding time point in the third.
Wyoming would stay alive as they picked up a win heading into the final match at 133 pounds. However, No. 25 Kellyn March secured the win in the dual for NDSU with a dominating win over No. 33 Job Greenwood. March secured an early takedown in the first and another in the second to open up a commanding 4-0 lead with well over four minutes of riding time. March would go on to win 6-3.
No. 24 Austin Brenner had a narrow 4-3 loss to No. 12 Hayden Hastings with the result being decided by a riding time point.
Austin Braun made his dual debut for the Bison at 149 pounds but fell after a 14-point third period from Jaron Jensen. Lucas Rodriguez, who recently joined the Bison as a grad transfer, also made his debut for NDSU at 125 pounds but fell to Brendon Garcia 3-1.
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022
Uniwyo Sports Complex | Laramie, Wyo.
North Dakota State 22, Wyoming 14
141 – #29 Dylan Droegemueller (NDSU) over Chase Zollmann (WYO), Dec 9-2)
149 – Jaron Jensen (WYO) over Austin Braun (NDSU), MD 16-3)
157 – #7 Jared Franek (NDSU) over #14 Jacob Wright (WYO), MD 12-0)
165 – #14 Luke Weber (NDSU) over #15 Cole Moody (WYO), Dec 10-5)
174 – #12 Hayden Hastings (WYO) over #24 Austin Brenner (NDSU), Dec 4-3)
184 – #17 Tate Samuelson (WYO) over DJ Parker (NDSU), MD 11-3)
197 – #32 Owen Pentz (NDSU) over #3 Stephen Buchanan (WYO), Fall 4:49)
285 – #21 Brandon Metz (NDSU) over Terren Swartz (WYO), Dec 8-3)
125 – Brendon Garcia (WYO) over Lucas Rodriguez (NDSU), Dec 3-1)
133 – #25 Kellyn March (NDSU) over #33 Job Greenwood (WYO), Dec 6-3)
Dual started at 141 pounds
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