Gophers Advance Over No. 6 Boise State

CEDAR FALLS, IOWA — A battle between two top-ten teams ended in dramatic fashion on Saturday afternoon as the No. 5 Minnesota wrestling team edged No. 6 Boise State 18-17 in the quarterfinals of the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Minnesota, which picked up a 26-9 win over Northern Illinois in its opening round dual, will now face off against top-ranked Cornell on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. in the UNI Dome.

“The win today was a big one for us. The great thing about it was everybody wrestled – it was a great team win,” Minnesota assistant coach Luke Becker said. “Everybody went out and wrestled and fought for every point. It was a great, overall team effort.”

In his biggest match yet, redshirt heavyweight Tony Nelson swung the match in Minnesota’s favor one final time after the two elite programs exchanged the lead seven times in the ten-match dual. Nelson scored a first-period takedown and followed up with two escapes in the second to pick up a 4-2 decision that gave the Gophers the final 18-17 win.

No. 6 Zach Sanders opened the dual with an 11-5 decision over No. 17 Allen Bartelli in the 125 lbs. match, but the Broncos quickly erased the Minnesota lead when Andrew Hochstrasser picked up a decision in the 133 lbs. match over David Thorn. Thorn’s defense against Hochstrasser, the second-ranked 133 pounder in the nation, kept the match close and paid dividends to the Gophers squad later in the dual.

Minnesota (8-1 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) put some distant between its opponent in the 141 lbs. match when No. 2 Mike Thorn quickly pinned No. 11 Levi Jones at the 49 second mark, but the Broncos proved to be difficult in the middleweights when Jason Chamberlain and Adam Hall, ranked as the No. 3 149 lbs. grappler and the No. 2 157 pounder, respectively, each majored their Gophers counterpart to take over an 11-9 lead.

The tide shifted once again in the Gophers favor when Cody Yohn and Scott Glasser both picked up decisions in their favor, but Boise State caught a piece of luck when top-ranked 184 pounder Kirk Smith edged No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus with a 3-1 decision in overtime and Matt Casperson picked up a 6-0 decision at 197 over Joe Nord setting up a two-point deficit for Minnesota heading into Nelson’s heavyweight match against T.J. Felix.

2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen Results

Minnesota 18, Boise State 17
125: No. 6 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. No. 17 Allen Bartelli (BSU) 11-5
133: No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) dec. David Thorn (MINN) 8-1
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) fall No. 11 Levi Jones (BSU) 0:49
149: No. 3 Jason Chamberlain (BSU) maj. Danny Zilverberg (MINN) 16-5
157: No.2 Adam Hall (BSU) maj. Alec Ortiz (MINN) 27-15
165: No. 7 Cody Yohn (MINN) dec. Kurt Swartz (BSU) 6-0
174: No. 8 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. No. 13 Jake Swartz (BSU) 3-2
184: No. 1 Kirk Smith dec. No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) 3-1 in OT
197: Matt Casperson (BSU) dec. Joe Nord (MINN) 6-0
285: No. 9 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. T.J. Felix 4-2

Gophers Open National Duals with 26-9 Win

The No. 5 Minnesota wrestling team opened the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals with a 26-9 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday morning, paving the way for a top-ten matchup against No. 6 Boise State at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

All-American Zach Sanders improved his season record to 15-2 on Saturday morning with a 16-8 major decision over NIU’s Nick Smith in the opening match for the Gophers, who improved their record against the Huskies to 9-0 all-time. Sanders jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the first period when he tacked on four of his seven takedowns in the match. The 125 pounder scored bonus points from 1:42 of riding time to open the event with a 4-0 lead for the Gophers.

Redshirt freshman David Thorn followed up with a win in his collegiate dual debut against Israel Montemayor. Thorn edged his Huskies foe 10-7 before his brother, Mike Thorn, added an 8-1 decision over Tristen DeShazer to build a 10-0 lead for Minnesota. NIU would go on to pick up a pair of wins in its next two matches to climb back into the contest. Vince Castillo scored a 3-0 decision over Pat Smith at 149 lbs. and No. 17 Bryan Deutsch pinned Joe Grygelko in the 157 lbs. match to cut Minnesota’s lead to 10-9.

But that would be all the Huskies would get the rest of the morning. No. 7 Cody Yohn topped Matt Mougin with a 9-2 decision at 165 lbs. before Scott Glasser, the No. 8 174 pounder in the nation, scored a 10-2 major decision over Zach Benzio to make it 17-9 Gophers. Minnesota went on to sweep the remaining three matches via decisions in favor of No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus at 184 lbs., Joe Nord at 197 lbs., and No. 9 Tony Nelson at heavyweight.

Minnesota returns to action Saturday afternoon against the Broncos of Boise State. Minnesota is 6-0 all-time against Boise State with the last meeting coming in 2001. Continue checking for results from the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals.

2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen Results

Minnesota 26 Northern Illinois 9
125: No. 6 Zach Sanders (MINN) maj. Nick Smith (NIU) 16-8
133: David Thorn (MINN) dec. Israel Montemayor (NIU) 10-7
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) dec. Tristen DeShazer (NIU) 8-1
149: Vince Castillo (NIU) dec. Patrick Smith (MINN) 3-0
157: No. 17 Bryan Deutsch (NIU) fall Joe Grygelko (MINN) 1:42
165: No. 7 Cody Yohn (MINN) dec. Matt Mougin (NIU) 9-2
174: No. 8 Scott Glasser (MINN) maj. Zach Benzio (NIU) 10-2
184: No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. Brad Dieckhaus (NIU) 7-0
197: Joe Nord (MINN) dec. Mike Lukowski (NIU) 2-0
285: No. 9 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. Dakota Greenhaw (NIU) 3-1

Minnesota State Completes Opening Day in National Duals

Mavericks Take 2-1 Record Into Day Two of Tournament

Cedar Falls, Iowa – The Minnesota State Mavericks went 2-1 on the opening day of the 2011 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Mavericks would begin the opening round with a 19-18 win against Findlay before being defeated 31-6 against Augustana. The Mavericks would respond positively in their third and final match of the day as they defeated Central Missouri by the score of 26-19.

In the first match on Saturday the Mavericks were able to hold on late and earn a 19-18 win against the University of Findlay. The Mavericks would get out to a strong start as they won their first four matches and captured an early 15-0 lead. However, the Mavericks would go on to lose five of their next six matches with the only win being an important four-point major decision win by Aaron Norgren. The win would move the sixth-ranked Mavericks into a clash with the tournament’s number three seed Augustana College.

However, in the second match of the day, Augustana would show the Mavericks why they were the third ranked team in the tournament as they defeated Minnesota State 31-6. Despite jumping out to a 3-0 lead after Andy Forstner won a 4-3 decision over Alex Meger, the Mavericks would go on to lose eight of their next nine matches. The only other Maverick to record a win against Augustana was Norgren who earned a 7-1 decision over Thomas Davies.

In the third and final match of the evening, the Mavericks would pull out a hard-fought 26-19 win over Central Missouri. The Mavericks found themselves with a 17-16 point lead after the first seven matches before they were finally able to extend their lead to 23-16 after Norgren earned a win by fall over Travis Miller at the 1:11 mark. Pat Mahan went on to win a 4-3 decision over Doug Thompson which sealed the victory for the Mavericks and will give them an opportunity to place in day two of the tournament.

The tournament will conclude tomorrow as the Mavericks will look to pursue a trip to the fifth-place match. Their first match of the day will be at 9:00 am against North Carolina-Pembroke whose journey to this point includes wins over Central Oklahoma and Minnesota State-Moorhead and a loss to St. Cloud State.

Johnnies Post 2-1 Mark at First Day of National Duals

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Third-ranked Saint John’s went 2-1 in the first day of the NWCA/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals held Saturday, Jan. 8, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Tournament Website | Bracket

The Johnnies (10-2 dual record) defeated No. 26 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) 42-0 in the first round before losing two matches in overtime and forfeiting the heavyweight match in a 24-10 loss to No. 6 Ithaca (N.Y.). SJU bounced back with a 23-18 win over No. 25 Delaware Valley (Pa.) in the day’s finale to set up a showdown with No. 7 Concordia-Moorhead at 9 a.m. Sunday. The winner/loser will face the winner/loser between No. 5 Coe (Iowa) and No. 10 Wisconsin-Stevens Point at 1 p.m.

The Johnnies swept all 10 matches, including a 6-5 upset win from senior Dustin Baxter (Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley), ranked eighth nationally, over No. 6 Brennan Ward at 184 pounds. SJU picked up two pins, three major decisions and a forfeit in the dual.

The second round was not as kind as the first, however. Ithaca opened the dual with five straight decision wins, including a 7-5 overtime upset over senior Minga Batsukh (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s, N.J.) at 149 pounds, to take a 15-0 lead. Senior Matt Baarson (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park), one of SJU’s three wrestlers to go 3-0 on the day, put the Johnnies on the scoreboard with a 13-5 major decision at 165 pounds. In fact, all three of No. 5 Baarson’s wins were by major decision. Unranked junior Matt Pfarr (Le Sueur, Minn./Le Sueur-Henderson) upset No. 6 David Priest 2-1 at 174 pounds to cut the deficit to 15-7. Pfarr also went 3-0 on the day with pins in his other two matches.

Down eight points with three matches left, head coach Brandon Novak decided to bump up Baxter and fellow senior Tony Willaert (North Mankato, Minn./Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial) from their normal weight classes, leaving sophomore Mitch Hagen (Sunburg, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) to lead off at 184. Hagen, however, lost a tough 3-1 decision in overtime to increase the Bombers’ lead to 18-7. Baxter surrendered 13 pounds and tallied a 2-1 decision at 197 pounds, but SJU needed pins in the final two weight classes to earn the win. With the dual decided, 18-10, Novak decided to forfeit the heavyweight match.

Delaware Valley took an early 3-0 lead with a decision at 157 pounds before SJU rattled off three straight wins to take a 13-3 lead. Baarson tallied a major decision, Pfarr stuck a pin and Baxter earned his third win of the day, 10-3. The Aggies responded, however, with two decisions and a pin to regain the lead, 15-13. Junior Chad Henle (Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer) recorded a crucial pin at 133 pounds to thrust SJU ahead, 19-15. A decision loss at 141 cut the Johnnies’ lead to one heading into the dual’s final match at 149. Batsukh rose to the occasion, posting a 13-4 major-decision victory to secure the win.

No. 3 Saint John’s (SJU) 42, No. 26 Johnson & Wales University (JWU) 0
125 – Junior Scott Padrnos (SJU) pinned James Soprano (JWU), 1:16 [6-0]
133 – Junior Chad Henle (No. 8, SJU) dec. John Donaleski (JWU), 3-1 [9-0]
141 – Senior Chris Sandy (No. 5, SJU) major dec. Daniel Franco (JWU), 8-0 [13-0]
149 – Senior Minga Batsukh (No. 3, SJU) won by forfeit [19-0]
157 – Senior John Vaith (SJU) dec. Thomas Webster (JWU), 9-4 [22-0]
165 – Senior Matt Baarson (No. 5, SJU) major dec. Justin Scalise (JWU), 9-0 [26-0]
174 – Junior Matt Pfarr (SJU) pinned Colin Lenhardt (JWU), 4:02 [32-0]
184 – Junior Dustin Baxter (No. 8, SJU) dec. Brennan Ward (No. 6, JWU), 6-5 [35-0]
197 – Senior Tony Willaert (No. 10, SJU) major dec. William Mulligan (JWU), 15-2 [39-0]
Hwt – Junior John Linn (SJU) dec. Humphrey Swift (JWU), 5-3 [42-0]

No. 6 Ithaca College (ITH) 24, No. 3 Saint John’s (SJU) 10
125 – Max Cohen (ITH) dec. junior Scott Padrnos (SJU), 7-2 [3-0]
133 – Seth Ecker (No. 5, ITH) dec. junior Chad Henle (No. 8, SJU), 6-0 [6-0]
141 – Jeremy Stierly (ITH) dec. senior Chris Sandy (No. 5, SJU), 7-1 [9-0]
149 – Blaine Woszczak (No. 5, ITH) dec. senior Minga Batsukh (No. 3, SJU), 7-5 OT [12-0]
157 – Derek Brenon (No. 7, ITH) dec. senior Drew Larson (SJU), 10-7 [15-0]
165 – Senior Matt Baarson (No. 5) major dec. Nick Sanko (ITH), 13-5 [15-4]
174 – Junior Matt Pfarr (SJU) dec. David Priest (No. 6, ITH), 2-1 [15-7]
184 – Josue Mendez (ITH) dec. sophomore Mitch Hagen (SJU), 3-1 OT [18-7]
197 – Junior Dustin Baxter (No. 8 at 184, SJU) dec. Shane Bartrum (ITH), 2-1 [18-10]
Hwt – Matt Mahon (No. 4, ITH) won by forfeit

No. 3 Saint John’s (SJU) 23, No. 25 Delaware Valley College (DVC) 18
125 – Charlie Frankel (DVC) pinned junior Scott Padrnos (SJU), 1:42 [13-15]
133 – Junior Chad Henle (No. 8, SJU) pinned James DeLillo (DVC), 4:15 [19-15]
141 – Matt Ulrich (DVC) dec. senior Chris Sandy (No. 5, SJU), 7-3 [19-18]
149 – Senior Minga Batsukh (No. 3, SJU) major dec. Emanual Ajagbe (DVC), 13-4 [23-18]
157 – Jesse Harrington (No. 2, DVC) dec. senior John Vaith (SJU), 11-5 [0-3]
165 – Senior Matt Baarson (No. 5, SJU) major dec. Dale Fava (DVC), 10-0 [4-3]
174 – Junior Matt Pfarr (SJU) pinned Juan Vega (DVC), 6:33 [10-3]
184 – Junior Dustin Baxter (No. 8, SJU) dec. Jake Phillips (DVC), 10-3 [13-3]
197 – Aaron Karns (No. 8, DVC) dec. senior Tony Willaert (No. 10, SJU), 9-5 [13-6]
Hwt – Cody Gardner (DVC) dec. junior John Linn (SJU), 10-3 [13-9]
*the dual started at 157 pounds

St. Cloud State Gains Two Wins at NWCA DII National Duals

The #2 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (8-0) opened action at the 2011 NWCA Division II Duals on Jan. 8 with a 32-6 victory over Limestone. The National Duals are being hosted this year by the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. SCSU also earned a 27-9 win over UNC-Pembroke in second round action to earn a spot in the tournament semifinals on Jan. 9 against Augustana.

In the match against Limestone, the Huskies opened with a 4-0 win by Dylan Wright over Bradon Feix of Limestone at 125-pounds.

At 133-pounds, SCSU’s Westy Hanson lost a tough 3-2 decision against Michael Magaha of Limestone. At 141-pounds, SCSU’s Gabe Suarez posted a technical fall over Limestone’s Matthew Hall. Suarez won 18-2 at the 5:00 mark of the match.

At 149-pounds, Jacob R. Horn rolled to a 6-5 win for the Huskies over Theran Goodale, and SCSU’s Josh Joriman scored a 16-0 tech fall (4:00) over LU’s Jeremy McPhearson at 157-pounds.

At 165-pounds, Tad Merritt continued to impress in 2010-11 with a 4:32 pin for SCSU against LU’s Chris Didyoung. At 174-pounds, SCSU’s Shamus O’Grady added another with an 11-2 decision over LU’s Bryce Sopko.

In action at 184-pounds, SCSU’s Mic Berg lost a 6-4 match against LU’s Casey Bradley. At 197-pounds, SCSU’s Lucas Munkelwitz added a 6-2 win over Josh Sprewell, and at 285-pounds, SCSU’s JakChris Brassell scored a 6-0 win over LU’s Chris Weber.

In the 2nd round today, SCSU captured a 27-9 win over North Carolina-Pembroke. This moves SCSU’s record to 9-0 and it provides the Huskies with a trip to the tournament semifinals on Jan. 9. SCSU will face Augustana on Jan. 9, while Nebraska-Omaha and Newberry meet in the other semifinal match. on Jan. 9.

In the match against UNC-P, the Huskies gained victories from Eric Ellington at 133-pounds, Jacob D. Horn at 149-pounds, John Sundgren at 157-pounds, Shamus O’Grady at 174-pounds, Mic Berg at 184-pounds, Lucas Munkelwitz at 197-pounds and Jake Kahnke at 285.

Listed below are the complete results from the NWCA Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa

SCSU 32, Limestone 6
125- Dylan Wright (SCSU) def. Brandon Feix (LU) 4-0
133 – Mike Magaha (LU) def. Weston Hanson (SCSU) 3-2
141-Gabe Suarez (SCSU) tech fall Matt Hall (LU) 18-2 (5:00)
149-Jacob R. Horn (SCSU) def. Theran Goodale (LU) 6-5
157-Josh Joriman (SCSU) tech fall Jeremy McPhearson (LU) 16-0 (4:00)
165 – Tad Merritt (SCSU) fall Chris Didyoung (LU) 4:32
174-Shamus O’Grady (SCSU) major decision Bryce Sopko (LU) 11-2
184 – Casey Bradley (LU) def. Mic Berg (SCSU) 6-4
197 – Lucas Munkelwitz (SCSU) def. Josh Sprewell (LU) 6-2
285-Chris Brassell (SCSU) def. Charles Weber (LU) 6-0

SCSU 27, North Carolina-Pembroke 9
125 – Russ Weakley (UNCP) def. Zach Stewart (SCSU) 8-6
133 – Eric Ellington (SCSU) def. Timdarius Thurston (UNCP) 9-5
141 – Tyquan Easton (UNCP) def. Gabe Suarez (SCSU) 5-3
149 – Jacob D. Horn (SCSU) def. Brendon Parker-Risk (UNCP) 8-6
157 – John Sundgren (SCSU) fall Pat Foxworth (UNCP) 2:15
165 – Mike Williams (UNCP) def. Tad Merritt (SCSU) 7-6
174 – Shamus O’Grady (SCSU) tech fall Jordan Ford (UNCP) 19-2 (5:02)
184 – Mic Berg (SCSU) def. Shiheem Bryant (UNCP) 8-4
197-Lucas Munkelwitz (SCSU) def. John Sturrock (UNCP) 11-4
285-Jake Kahnke (SCSU) major decision John Sturrock (UNCP) 15-5

Dragons Rally Comes Up Short Against No. 13 Braves

Cedar Falls, Iowa – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team finished their third dual on Saturday and the team’s third against a top-15 ranked opponent when they faced No. 13 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Braves. The Dragons mounted a comeback but were turned away in the end, falling by a final of 14-20.

The Dragons’ 141-pounder Redshirt Senior Brady Schneeberger won his second match on the day when he took care of the Braves’ Tyquan Easton by a major decision. Schneeberger jumped out early with a takedown and a two-point nearfall in the opening period along with a penalty to take a 5-0 lead into the second period.

After exchanging reversals in the second, Schneeberger put Easton away with a pair of takedowns along with a two-point and three-point nearfall to secure a 17-6 win. Redshirt senior Tallen Wald got his second shutout of the day, defeating Patrick Foxworth by a final of 11-0.

Wald jumped out early, taking down Foxworth and earning a three-point nearfall to take a 5-0 lead after the first period. Wald repeated his opening performance in the second, this time earning a three-point nearfall. An escape in the third period would seal the win for Wald.

In the 174-pound contest Trent Sovde would defeat Dennis Fix in thrilling fashion. After both wrestlers earned escapes the match went into sudden victory overtime. There, Sovde gained a takedown to capture the 3-1 win. True freshman Kody Kalkbrenner followed up with an overtime thriller of his own, defeating Shiheem Bryant 7-5 in the second round of overtime.

Kalkbrenner took a 1-0 lead into the third period. In the third, Kalkbrenner’s two-point reversal and escape was enough to hold off Bryant’s comeback and send the match into overtime. After both wrestlers escaped in the second overtime period, the match moved into its second sudden victory overtime. Kalkbrenner would not let the win slip away and gained a takedown to secure the win.

The Dragons were with in three points of the Braves but James De La Riva defeated Jon Swart in a second sudden victory overtime period, and the Braves escaped the grasp of the Dragons and held on to a 20-14 win.

The Dragons will now move on to their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule with a dual against No. 3 Augustana (S.D.) in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.

Dragons Wrestling Upsets No. 10 Grand Canyon

Cedar Falls, Iowa – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team went right back to work after falling to No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha against No. 10 Grand Canyon (Ariz.), their fourth ranked opponent in a row. The Dragons’ lower weights won four of their first five matches to propel the Dragons to an 18-16 upset.

The Dragons got another solid performance from 125-pounder Corey Ulmer as he defeated Grand Canyon’s Madison Gambrell 12-7. Ulmer had two reversals in his opening period and finished off Gambrell with a two-point and three-point nearfall in the third.

Redshirt senior Jon Swart also gained his second win on the day, edging out Peter Anguiano by a final of 4-3. Swart used a takedown to keep pace with Anguiano 2-2 after the second period. In the third Swart’s escape gave him the edge with riding time to secure the win.

Fellow senior Brady Schneeberger wasted little time in bouncing back, pinning Kyle Wilson just 2:10 into the opening frame to start a run by the Dragons. Tyler Steinwand, the Dragons’ 149-pounder, also bounced back with a big win over Austen Morre. Steinwand’s three takedowns and reversal were too much for Moore to overcome as Steinwand took the match by a final of 9-2.

Senior Tallen Wald shutout Grand Canyon’s Teddy Bristol 6-0 in the 157-pound matchup. Wald jumped out to a 2-0 lead after gaining a takedown of Bristol. After a scoreless second period, Wald gained a reversal and capped it off with a point for both riding time and a penalty called against Bristol.

The Dragons even up their dual season record at 2-2 and will move on to face North Carolina at Pembroke to cap off day one of the National Duals in Cedar Falls at 5 p.m.

Dragons Strong Start Not Enough Against Top Ranked Mavericks

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons opened up the National Duals in Iowa. The Dragons jumped out early over the No. 1 ranked Mavericks but could not hold off the top ranked team and fell by a final of 13-33.

The Dragons got on the board first when 125-pounder Corey Ulmer captured a major decision over Nebraska-Omaha’s Cody Tyler. Ulmer had a pair of takedowns and a two-point nearfall in the first period while yielding only one point on an escape.

Ulmer backed up his tough first period by taking down Tyler once again and putting him on his back for another two-point nearfall, putting him up 10-1. Ulmer would gain one more point on riding time and go on to an 11-1 win.

Redshirt Senior Evan Forde (141 pounds) would also gain points for the Dragons, getting a forfeit win over the Mavericks. The Dragons could not secure another win until the final match when Redshirt Senior and heavyweight Jon Swart defeated Taylor Escamilla 6-5.

Swart found himself down 0-1 after two periods but rallied in the third. Swart gained a pair of escapes and capitalized with one reversal and a takedown to give himself the win. But the top-ranked Mavericks run through the middleweights gave them the momentum to secure a final 33-13 win over the Dragons.

The Dragons fall to 1-2 on the dual season, both losses coming against No. 1 ranked teams, and will now move on to face Grand Canyon (Ariz.) at 1 p.m.

SDSU’s Flynn leads team at National Duals

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Nick Flynn lead the Jacks with a 2-0 record at the National Wrestling Coaches Association/Cliff Keen National Duals Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The South Dakota State wrestling team dropped two duals on the day to end the team’s run in the National Duals.

The Jacks lost to no. five-ranked (Intermat) and third-seeded Wisconsin 42-3 Saturday morning. Later in the day, the Jacks dropped a second dual to no. 27-ranked and sixth-seeded Oregon State 45-3.

Flynn defeated Charles York of Wisconsin by a 5-2 decision to start the day. The 157-pounder then went on to top Alex Elder of Oregon State by a 6-4 decision.

The Jacks, with two open weight classes at 125 and 133, missed four matches by decision against Wisconsin and three more against OSU. The Jacks also recorded two losses by technical fall, five by fall and two by major decision.

The Jacks return to Frost Arena when they host Western Wrestling Conference foe Northern Iowa Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.

Wolfpack Duals

January 8, 2011 at Raleigh, NC

North Dakota State 45, Mercyhurst 6
125 – Trent Sprenkle (NDS) pinned T.J. Stanton at 3:48
133 – Justin Solberg (NDS) pinned Levi Smeltzer at 5:28
141 – Trevor Johnson (NDS) dec. Tony D’Urso, 4-1
149 – Mark Erickson (NDS) pinned Shane Foster at 2:51
157 – Vince Salminen (NDS) dec. Jordan Shields, 4-1
165 – Steve Monk (NDS) pinned Clint Schaefer at 1:53
174 – Mac Stoll (NDS) won by forfeit
184 – Ken Moenkedick (NDS) dec. Londele Cox, 6-0
197 – Drew Ross (NDS) pinned Michael Pollard at 2:40
Hwt – Nathan Sharp (MC) won by forfeit

North Dakota State 49, Campbell 6
125 – Trent Sprenkle (NDS) pinned Tanner Biedelspach at 3:34
133 – Justin Solberg (NDS) dec. Gabriel Gardner, 5-1
141 – Trevor Johnson (NDS) major dec. Brad Merriman, 15-2
149 – Mark Erickson (NDS) pinned Darien Peele at 3:40
157 – Vince Salminen (NDS) pinned Jake Fose at 3:44
165 – Tyler Johnson (NDS) pinned Joel Caudill at 1:05
174 – Mac Stoll (NDS) pinned Justin Sparrow at 2:53
184 – Ken Moenkedick (NDS) pinned Peter Comis at 2:59
197 – Drew Ross (NDS) pinned John Merickel at 1:23
Hwt – Parker Burns (CU) won by forfeit

North Dakota State 46, Anderson 6
125 – Trent Sprenkle (NDS) pinned Andrew Rankin at 4:35
133 – Justin Solberg (NDS) major dec. Joseph Perry, 9-0
141 – Geoff Martin (NDS) technical fall Ian Harper, 27-12
149 – Mark Erikson (NDS) major dec. Dalton Harper, 11-3
157 – Vince Salminen (NDS) pinned Nick Giulietti at 1:30
165 – Tyler Wells (NDS) pinned Brian Onofrio at 3:38
174 – Mac Stoll (NDS) dec. Trevor Sanford, 9-6
184 – Ken Moenkedick (NDS) pinned Sean O’Connell at 2:22
197 – Drew Ross (NDS) injury default Zoi Oulette at 1:34
Hwt – Chase Duke (AU) won by forfeit

North Dakota State 27, North Carolina State 18
125 – Trent Sprenkle (NDS) technical fall Pedram Rahmatabadi, 26-11 (4 pts)
133 – Justin Solberg (NDS) major dec. Conor Hovis, 11-0
141 – Trevor Johnson (NDS) won by forfeit
149 – Darrion Caldwell (NCS) pinned Mark Erickson at 0:45
157 – Colton Palmer (NCS) dec. Vince Salminen, 13-6
165 – Steven Monk (NDS) pinned Colin Genthert at 2:54
174 – Quinton Godley (NCS) dec. Mac Stoll, 3-2
184 – Ken Moenkedick (NDS) major dec. Nijel Jones, 11-3
197 – Drew Ross (NDS) dec. KaRonne Jones, 10-4
Hwt – Eloheim Pamla (NCS) won by forfeit