No. 15 North Dakota State Wrestling Falls Short at No. 10 Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The No. 15 North Dakota State wrestling team fell on the road at No. 10 Missouri 28-11 to open up Big 12 play Tuesday night at the Hearnes Center.
Missouri (3-2, 2-0 Big 12) jumped out to a strong start at 141 as #4 Allan Hart pinned #8 Dylan Droegemueller in 26 seconds to open the dual. Kellyn March looked to be in good position to respond for the Bison (4-2, 0-1 Big 12) at 149 pounds, but #8 Brock Mauller secured a late takedown to win 3-2 to put Missouri up 9-0.
At 157 pounds, #4 Jared Franek responded with a takedown in sudden victory to win 4-2 over #13 Jarrett Jacques to score the first team points of the dual for North Dakota State.
Michael Caliendo would then step up and challenge the defending national champion, #1 Keegan O’Toole at 165 pounds, recording the first two takedowns before eventually falling in the third 15-8.
Missouri would add one more win to close the first half, as #11 Peyton Mocco would get a reversal to start the second and eventually pinned Gaven Sax to give Missouri an 18-2 advantage at the break. The Bison would be deducted a team point in the 174-pound match for a late challenge.
Coming out of the break, DJ Parker would fall to Colton Hawks at 184 pounds by major decision, 11-2. Parker got Hawks to his back several times but was unable to convert any to back points. Owen Pentz would then fall to #1 Rocky Elam by an 8-1 decision, sealing the dual victory for the Tigers.
In the heavyweight match, Juan Mora battled #8 Zach Elam and had a takedown in the third but ran out of time, falling 5-3 despite late momentum.
After Carlos Negrete picked up a win by forfeit at 125 pounds, McGwire Midkiff closed out the night with a Bison win as he used a late takedown in the third to defeat Eric Lovelace 8-6.
The Bison will be off until the new year, as North Dakota State will send a strong group to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Southern Scuffle on January 1-2.
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022 | Hearnes Center | Columbia, Mo.
#10 Missouri 28, #15 North Dakota State 11
141: #4 Allan Hart (MIZ) over #8 Dylan Droegemueller (NDSU) (Fall 0:26); MIZ 6-0
149: #8 Brock Mauller (MIZ) over Kellyn March (NDSU) (Dec 3-2); MIZ 9-0
157: #4 Jared Franek (NDSU) over #13 Jarrett Jacques (MIZ) (SV-1 4-2); MIZ 9-3
165: #1 Keegan O’Toole (MIZ) over #12 Michael Caliendo (NDSU) (Dec 15-8); MIZ 12-3
174: #11 Peyton Mocco (MIZ) over Gaven Sax (NDSU) (Fall 3:20); MIZ 18-2
184: Colton Hawks (MIZ) over DJ Parker (NDSU) (MD 11-2); MIZ 22-2
197: #1 Rocky Elam (MIZ) over #27 Owen Pentz (NDSU) (Dec 8-1); MIZ 25-2
285: #8 Zach Elam (MIZ) over Juan Mora (NDSU) (Dec 5-3); MIZ 28-2
125: #27 Carlos Negrete Jr. (NDSU) over Unknown (MIZ) (Forfeit); MIZ 28-8
133: McGwire Midkiff (NDSU) over Eric Lovelace (MIZ) (Dec 8-6); MIZ 28-11
*NDSU deducted team point for Delayed Challenge – Control of Mat Penalty during 174-pound match.
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