North Dakota State 27, Northern Colorado 14

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State wrestling picked up a second-consecutive Big 12 win, defeating Northern Colorado 27-14 Sunday afternoon in Big 12 action at the Scheels Center.

Northern Colorado (8-4, 1-3 Big 12) opened up an 8-0 lead after the first two matches, recording a tech fall at 125 pounds and a decision at 133 pounds. However, the Bison (3-6, 2-1 Big 12) reeled off four-straight bonus point wins and six of the final eight matches overall to claim their second-straight victory and third win overall in the last four minutes.

In the 141-pound match, #29 Gavin Drexler started the winning run for NDSU with a major decision over Armando Garcia. Drexler recorded three takedowns in the first period and added a fourth later in the match to win 14-3 with an escape point and riding time.

Max Petersen and Landen Johnson then scored three takedowns each in major decision wins at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively. Petersen had two in the first period and one in the second as he won 11-2 over Kilian Schultz. Johnson had a takedown in each period, along with a three-point near fall in the second, as he won 15-4 over Roman Cruz to give NDSU a 12-8 lead headed into the break.

Coming out of the intermission, Brendan Howes picked up a takedown and then his fourth pin of the season at the 1:37 mark of the first period on Derek Matthews, giving the Bison a 10-point lead.

Following a decision loss at 174 pounds, the Bison answered right back with a win by Adam Cherne at 184 pounds. After giving up an early takedown, Cherne scored one of his own for a 4-3 lead after one. Then he added a three-point nearfall and a takedown in the second and third to defeat Franklin Cruz 11-6.

Northern Colorado would only claim a decision at 197 pounds, securing the dual win for the Bison. Northern Colorado then forfeited the heavyweight match.

North Dakota State will be back at home inside the Scheels Center next week as the Bison host Air Force on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 12:30 p.m. in Big 12 dual action. The dual will be televised on WDAY Xtra and also broadcast live on Bison 1660.

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024 | Scheels Center | Fargo, N.D. | Att: 377

North Dakota State 27, Northern Colorado 14
125 | #20 Stevo Poulin (Northern Colorado) over Ryan Henningson (North Dakota State); TF 22-5
133 | #18 Dominick Serrano (Northern Colorado) over Fernando Barreto (North Dakota State); Dec 5-1
141 | #29 Gavin Drexler (North Dakota State) over Armando Garcia (Northern Colorado); MD 14-3
149 | Max Petersen (North Dakota State) over Killian Schultz (Northern Colorado); MD 11-2
157 | Landen Johnson (North Dakota State) over Roman Cruz (Northern Colorado); MD 15-4
165 | Brendan Howes (North Dakota State) over Derek Matthews (Northern Colorado); Fall 1:37
174 | Travis Mastrogiovanni (Northern Colorado) over Mason Gode (North Dakota State); Dec 4-0
184 | Adam Cherne (North Dakota State) over Franklin Cruz (Northern Colorado); Dec 11-6
197 | Xavier Vasquez (Northern Colorado) over Spencer Mooberry (North Dakota State); Dec 8-2
285 | Devon Dawson (North Dakota State) over Unknown (Northern Colorado); Forfeit

Extra Match:
141 | Rudy Lopez (Northern Colorado) over Walker Bents (North Dakota State); MD 9-1

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