Three Bison Named All-Western Wrestling Conference

OREM, Utah – Three members of the North Dakota State wrestling team earned All-Western Wrestling Conference honors as announced by the league office.  SeniorVince Salminen was a first team selection, while redshirt freshman Steven Monk was named to the second team and senior Kenny Moenkedick was selected to the third team.

Athletes earned spots on the respective teams with their finish at the 2011 NCAA West Regional on March 6.

Salminen was a first team honoree for the second time as he claimed his second consecutive regional title at 157 pounds.  The Billings, Mont. native has an overall record of 37-5 going into the NCAA Championships.  He has also recorded 11 pins.  Salminen will take on 11th-seeded Walter Peppelman of Harvard in the opening round of the NCAA Championships.

Monk earns his first All-WWC honor with his second team selection.  Monk finished second at the NCAA West Regional after defeating Air Force’s Clayton Gable in a true second place bout.  The Wausau, Wis. native finished the season with an overall record of 22-9 and 11 pins.

Moenkedick picks up third team honors after his career-best third place finish at the West Regional.  He finished his senior season with a career-high 28 wins for an overall mark of 28-12.  In the third place match, Moenkedick pinned Casen Eldredge of Utah Valley.  Moenkedick then lost a 13-4 major decision to No. 5 Joe LeBlanc of Wyoming in the true second place bout.

Team-wise, Wyoming led the way with five first-team honorees. Northern Iowa was next with two spots on the first team, while Air Force, North Dakota State and Utah Valley held down one spot apiece. In all, the Cowboys and Panthers led the way with seven all-conference honorees. The Falcons had six wrestlers earn all-league honors and the Wolverines saw four of their grapplers earn all-conference honors. Each WWC school had at least one individual on the all-conference squads.


125 – Michael Martinez (Wyoming), Jr., Pagosa Springs, Colo. (Pagosa Springs HS)**

133 – Flint Ray (UVU), Sr., Roy, Utah (Roy HS)*

141 – Cole VonOhlen (AFA), So., Jackson, Minn. (Jackson County Central HS)*

149 – Cole Dallaserra (Wyoming), Sr., Butte, Mont. (Butte HS)**

157 – Vince Salminen (NDSU), Sr., Billings, Mont. (Skyview HS)*

165 – Shane Onufer (Wyoming), Jr., Auburn, Wash. (Auburn HS)**

174 – Patrick Martinez (Wyoming), RFr., Hemet, Calif. (Temecula Valley HS)

184 – Ryan Loder (UNI), RFr., Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)

197 – LJ Helbig (Wyoming), So., Mason, Mich. (Mason HS)*

285 – Christian Brantley (UNI), Jr., Homewood, Ill. (Mount Carmel HS)**


125 – Caleb Flores (UNI), Sr., Rosemead, Calif. (Northview HS)*

133 – Casey Cruz (UNC), Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo. (Wasson HS)

141 – Justin Morrill (UVU), Sr., Logan, Utah (Mountain Crest HS)*

149 – Brett Robbins (UNI), Sr., Bloomington, Ill. (Bloomington HS)

157 – David Bonin (UNI), So., Broussard, La. (Comeaux HS)*

165 – Steven Monk (NDSU), RFr., Wausau, Wis. (Wausau West HS)

174 – Joseph Stafford (AFA), Sr., Loomis, Calif. (Del Oro HS)

184 – Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming), Jr., Meeker, Colo. (Meeker HS)**

197 – Andy O’Loughlin (UNI), Sr., Independence, Iowa (Independence HS)**

285 – Matthew McLaughlin (Wyoming), Murphysboro, Ill. (Murphysboro HS)


125 – Benjamin Kjar (UVU), Sr., Centerville, Utah (Viewmont HS)*

133 – Derek Gillespie (AFA), Sr., Chesapeake, Va. (Great Bridge HS)*

141 – Joey Lazor (UNI), So., McDonough, Ga. (Union Grove HS)

149 – Justin Gaethje (UNC), Sr., Safford, Ariz. (Safford HS)*

157 – Nick Flynn (SDSU), Jr., Lansing, Kan., (Lansing HS)

165 – Clayton Gable (AFA), So., Dallastown, Pa. (Dallastown Area HS)

174 – Brad Darrington (UVU), Jr., Shelley, Idaho (Shelley HS)*

184 – Kenny Moenkedick (NDSU), Sr., Perham, Minn. (Perham HS)

197 – Neil Delaney (AFA), Sr., Grand Rapids, Mich. (Forest Hills Central HS)

285 – Jared Erickson (AFA), So., Newton, Utah (Sky View HS)

* denotes two-time honoree
** denotes three-time honoree
*** denotes four-time honoree

NDSU’s Salminen, Sprenkle Head to NCAA Championships

FARGO, N.D. – Senior Vince Salminen (37-5) and sophomore Trent Sprenkle (29-9) will represent North Dakota State at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships March 17-19 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. This will be Salminen’s second straight trip to the championships, while Sprenkle will be making his first appearance. Salminen earned his spot by winning the 157 pound NCAA West Regional title and Sprenkle earned an at-large bid at 125 pounds.

Salminen’s opponents
In the 157 pound bracket, Salminen will open against 11th seeded Walter Peppelman of Harvard. Peppelman finished fifth at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships and has an overall record of 29-6. The winner of that bout will face the winner of sixth-seeded Derek St. John (19-4) of Iowa and Frank Hickman (25-9) of Bloomsburg.

Sprenkle’s opponents
At 125 pounds, Sprenkle will take on 11th seeded Frank Perrelli of Cornell in the opening round. Perrelli locked up a spot in the championships by winning the EIWA crown. He has an overall record of 30-11. The winner will be up against sixth seeded Nicholas Bedelyon (23-3) of Kent State or Princeton’s Garrett Frey (27-10).

Championship schedule
Thursday – Session I (Pigtails & 1st Round) – 10 a.m.
Thursday – Session II (Consolation Prelims, 1st Round) – 5:30 p.m.
Friday – Session III (Championship Quarterfinals, Consolation 2nd & 3rd Rounds) – 9:30 a.m.
Friday – Session IV (Championship Semis, Consolation 4th & 5th Rounds) – 6 p.m.
Saturday – Session V (Consolation Semis, 3rd, 5th, 7th Place Matches) – 10 a.m.
Saturday – Session VI (Championship Finals) – 6:30 p.m.

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Three Bison earn All-WWC honors
Senior Vince Salminen was named first team All-Western Wrestling Conference after winning the NCAA West Regional two weeks ago. It is the second straight first team award for Salminen. Redshirt freshman Steven Monk earned second team honors, while senior Kenny Moenkedick was a third team selection. Athletes earned spots on the respective teams with their finish at the 2011 NCAA West Regional on March 6.

NCAA West Regional review
Vince Salminen claimed his second straight regional title as he led the Bison to a fourth place finish at the NCAA West Regional Sunday, March 6. Salminen pinned Northern Iowa’s David Bonin in the 157 pound final. Redshirt freshman Steven Monk finished second at 165 pounds after claiming a 7-6 win over Clayton Gable of Air Force in the true second place bout. Senior Kenny Moenkedick was third at 184 pounds. Senior Geoff Martin (141), sophomore Mark Erickson (149) and junior Drew Ross (197) all finished fourth. Wyoming won its second straight team title.

Salminen Wins 2nd Straight NCAA West Regional Crown

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Senior Vince Salminen won his second straight NCAA West Regional title at 157 pounds to lead the North Dakota State wrestling team to a fourth place finish on Sunday, March 6.  Redshirt freshman Steven Monk took second at 165 pounds, while senior Kenny Moenkedick placed third at 184 pounds.

Wyoming won its second straight team title with 93 points, while UNI was second with 87.

Salminen advanced to the title bout after winning a 12-7 decision over Utah Valley’s Richard Winger.  In the semifinals, Salminen shut out Air Force’s Alec Williams, 9-0.
In the final, No. 18 Salminen pinned Northern Iowa’s David Bonin in 5:28.  Salminen opened with a strong first period, notching two takedowns to take a 4-2 lead.  Salminen then scored a reversal to open the second period.  The Billings, Mont. native pinned Bonin 28 seconds into the third period.  With the win, Salminen earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships March 17-19 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Monk also advanced to the title bout at 165 pounds after earning pins of Northern Colorado’s Brandon Kammerzell in 2:19 and Utah Valley’s Jeb Clark in 3:51.  He faced off against No. 11 Shane Onufer of Wyoming in the title match.  Onufer scored four takedowns and a point for riding time in a 9-3 decision over Monk.

At 184 pounds, Moenkedick had a bye in the opening round and then took UNI’s No. 8 Ryan Loder to overtime in the semifinals before getting pinned in 7:35.  Moenkedick then won a 7-3 decision over Kazden Ikehara of Air Force to advance to the third place bout.  After an early takedown, Moenkedick pinned Casen Eldredge of Utah Valley in 2:03 to take third.

Senior Geoff Martin dropped his opening bout, but advanced to the third place match with a 6-4 overtime win over Chase Smith of Wyoming.  Martin lost by technical fall, 15-0, to Joey Lazor of UNI in the third place bout to finish fourth.

Sophomore Mark Erickson placed fourth at 149 pounds .  Erickson made it to the third place bout with a 12-11 win over Josh Kreimier.  Erickson was pinned by Northern Colorado’s Justin Gaethje in 1:15 in the third place match.

Junior Drew Ross was fourth at 197 pounds. He defeated Nick Bayer of Northern Colorado, 10-7, to advance to the third place match.  He dropped a 4-1 decision to Neil Delaney of Air Force to take fourth.

Sophomore Will Johnson went 1-2 at heavyweight, while sophomore Trent Sprenkle went 0-2 at 125 pounds, losing both matches to ranked wrestlesr.  Junior Justin Solberg was 0-2 at 133 pounds and sophomore Tyler Wells was also 0-2 at 174 pounds.

At-large bids for the NCAA Championships will be announced Wednesday, March 9.

Team scores
1. Wyoming, 93
2. Northern Iowa, 87
3. Air Force, 59
4. North Dakota State, 45.5
5. Utah Valley, 41.5
6. Northern Colorado, 24
7. South Dakota State, 14

Sprenkle Named WWC Co-Wrestler of the Week

OREM, Utah – North Dakota State 125-pound sophomore Trent Sprenkle was named Western Wrestling Conference Co-Wrestler of the Week after upsetting No. 13 Ben Kjar of Utah Valley on Saturday.  Sprenkle shares the weekly honor with Northern Iowa’s Caleb Flores, who defeated No. 15 Michael Martinez of Wyoming.

Trent SprenkleNo. 19 Sprenkle jumped out to a 5-0 lead over Kjar with two takedowns and an escape.  Kjar tallied four points in the third period, but Sprenkle’s two escapes and point for riding time sealed the 8-4 upset win.  Sprenkle was the only wrestler to defeat Kjar in dual action this season.

Sprenkle’s decision helped the Bison claim a 25-10 win over Utah Valley to even their conference record at 3-3.  The Billings, Mont. native finished the regular season with an overall record of 29-7 and a 12-2 mark in duals.

The weekly honor is the first of Sprenkle’s career and the second of the season for the Bison.

North Dakota State 25, Utah Valley 10

Sprenkle, Monk Lead Bison Over Utah Valley, 25-10

FARGO, N.D. – No. 19 ranked Bison Trent Sprenkle upset No. 13 Ben Kjar and Steven Monk earned a key pin as the North Dakota State wrestling team defeated Utah Valley, 25-10, in front of 291 fans at the Bison Sports Arena on Saturday, Feb. 19. NDSU finishes the regular season 10-4 overall and 3-3 in the Western Wrestling Conference. Utah Valley falls to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the WWC.

Sprenkle’s win capped off a string of four straight Bison wins to start the night.

In the home finale of his career, senior Kenny Moenkedick got the match off to a strong start at 184 pounds, winning a 6-3 decision over Casen Eldredge. Moenkedick notched two takedowns in the win, his 26th of the season.

At 197 pounds, junior Drew Ross used a takedown and two-point near fall in the first period to claim a 5-1 decision over Trevor Rupp. Sophomore Will Johnson won his first dual of the season at heavyweight, defeating Christian Denny, 6-5. Johnson’s takedown 20 seconds into the third period clinched the win.

Sprenkle matched up with Kjar in the next bout at 125 pounds. After a slow start, Sprenkle got the scoring started with a takedown with six seconds remaining in the first period. He then notched an escape and a takedown in the second period to push his lead to 5-0. Kjar scored a reversal and a takedown in the final period, but Sprenkle’s strong start could not be overcome. Sprenkle earned a bonus point for riding time for the final 8-4 margin.

At 133 pounds, No. 13 Flint Ray jumped out to a 6-2 lead and then tallied a takedown and three-point near fall at the buzzer to earn a 12-3 major decision win over junior Justin Solberg.

Utah Valley claimed the next two bouts at 141 pounds and 149 pounds as well. Justin Morrill defeated senior Geoff Martin at 141 pounds, 7-1, while Josh Wilson won a 7-3 decision over Mark Erickson at 149 pounds.

At 157 pounds, No. 18 Vince Salminen halted the Utah Valley run with a 9-1 major decision over Richard Winger to give the Bison a 16-10 lead. Salminen tallied two takedowns and a three-point near fall in the win.

Monk clinched the win for the Bison with a pin of Jeb Clark in 1 minute 38 seconds at 165 pounds. Monk earned a takedown and had Clark on his back for the next 10 seconds before sticking him with 1:22 to go in the period.

Sophomore Tyler Wells capped the day with a 3-2 decision over Brad Darrington at 174 pounds. Wells’ escape to open the third period proved to be the clinching point.

The Bison now have a week off before traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the NCAA West Regional Sunday, March 6.

North Dakota State 25, Utah Valley 10
184 – Kenny Moenkedick (NDSU) dec. Casen Eldredge (UVU), 6-3
197 – Drew Ross (NDSU) dec. Trevor Rupp (UVU), 5-1
285 – Will Johnson (NDSU) dec. Christian Denny (UVU), 6-5
125 – No. 19 Trent Sprenkle (NDSU) dec. No. 13 Ben Kjar (UVU), 8-4
133 – No. 13 Flint Ray (UVU) maj. dec. Justin Solberg (NDSU), 12-4
141 – Justin Morrill (UVU) dec. Geoff Martin (NDSU), 7-1
149 – Josh Wilson (UVU) dec. Mark Erickson (NDSU), 7-3
157 – No. 18 Vince Salminen (NDSU) maj. dec. Richard Winger (UVU), 9-1
165 – Steven Monk (NDSU) fall Jeb Clark (UVU), 1:38
174 – Tyler Wells (NDSU) dec. Brad Darrington (UVU), 3-2