Pitt 22, North Dakota State 11

No. 18 Pitt Wins Close Bouts, Tops No. 23 NDSU 22-11 in Scheels Center

FARGO, N.D.—No. 18-ranked Pitt won 7 of 10 bouts including 5 of 6 decided by 2 or less points during a 22-11 win over No. 22 North Dakota State in a non-conference dual on Saturday, Jan. 12, before 554 spectators in the Scheels Center.

NDSU (6-5, 2-3 #Big12WR) has next weekend off. The Bison are scheduled to travel to Central Michigan (2-3, 1-1 MAC) on Thursday, Jan. 24, and host Northern Colorado (2-4, 0-3 #Big12WR) in a Big 12 Conference dual at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in Scheels Center.

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MSU-Moorhead 24, Minot State 13

Ortloff Pin Helps Dragon Wrestlers Down Minot State, 24-13

MINOT, N.D. — After falling behind 10-6, the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team rattled off five straight wins on its way to a 24-13 win over Minot State in NSIC action Saturday in Minot, N.D.

MSUM is now 2-5 overall and 2-1 in the NSIC while Minot State fell to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in the league.

“It was good to see the team bounce back from Friday’s loss to Mary,” MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said. “There were a lot of tight matches and it was nice to see our guys come away with wins.”

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SJU Wins Elmhurst’s Al Hanke Invitational

ELMHURST, Ill. – Nine Saint John’s wrestlers placed, including two champions, as the Johnnies won Elmhurst’s (Ill.) 12-team Al Hanke Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The Johnnies collected 32 victories, 17 of which were pins, to finish with 124 points. The host Bluejays claimed second at 121, followed by Illinois’ Chicago (94) and North Central (82).

Junior Noah Becker (Browerville, Minn.) registered three bonus-point victories at 133 pounds to win his fourth tournament of the season. His closest match, following an opening-round technical fall (17-2) and a pin in the semifinal, was the 12-2 major decision in the championship bout. Becker is now 19-2 on the year, including wins in 17 of his last 18 matches and eight consecutive.

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Coach Costanzo wins 200th career match at SCSU

#1 Huskies collect three more wins to improve to 14-0 in 2018-19

The #1 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (14-0, 2-0 NSIC) extended its dual match winning streak to 43 consecutive victories with three wins at the 2019 Ranger Duals in Kenosha, Wisc. on Jan. 12.

The day was highlighted by head coach Steve Costanzo winning his 200th career match at St. Cloud State University. The Huskies’ opened the day with a 36-3 win over #5 ranked McKendree, which was Costanzo’s 200th career win at SCSU. He currently owns a 202-28 record at SCSU since he joined the staff as head coach in 2006-07.

On the topic of Costanzo, the Huskies have only lost seven dual matches since 2010-11. SCSU has won seven NSIC titles under the leadership of Costanzo, and the Huskies have won three NCAA DII national titles in 2015, 2016 and 2018. SCSU has not lost an NSIC dual match since Jan. 27, 2011, and the Huskies currently own a 55 match win streak in NSIC dual match competition.

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