Northern Colorado tops Utah Valley

OREM, UT -- Northern Colorado wrestling ended its losing streak on Friday night after defeating Utah Valley 22-20.

The Bears were able get enough separation with the Wolverines when Rico Montoya delivered a major decision victory to put UNC up 22-13.

The dual started in the 157 lb weight class with Tyler Kinn going against Raider Lofthouse. Kinn did not let the match go past the first period after pinning Lofthouse at 1:42. UNC opened up a 6-0 lead on Utah Valley.

Keilan Torres won before ever stepping on the mat when the Wolverines forfeited in the 165 lb weight class. UNC found itself up 12-0 after only two matches.

Now in the 174 lb weight class, Sethan Bogulski faced No. 17 Kimball Bastian. In the first period, Bastian managed two takedowns on Bogulski for a 4-1 lead. A reversal in the second period gave Bastian a 6-1 advantage going to the final period. Bastian put the match away in the third with two takedowns and added a riding time point for a 12-3 major decision win. Utah Valley was on the board, trailing 12-4.

Dylan Gabel was on the mat in the 184 lb weight class and he went against Will Sumner. Gabel scored a takedown on Sumner, but was had a penalty go against him for a 2-1 lead after the first period. Gabel kept the pressure on in the second, adding an escape for a 3-1 lead over Sumner. Gabel pulled away in the third period with a takedown and reversal for a 6-1 decision win. UNC was back at a double-digit lead, 15-4.

In the 197 lb weight class, Tanner Davis would meet Tanner Orndorff. Early in the first period, Orndorff scored a takedown and a two-point near fall, followed by another takedown for a 6-1 lead. Orndorff would score two more takedowns, before pinning Davis at 4:43. The lead for UNC was cut in half after the fall made it 15-10 going to the intermission.

Out of the break, Robert Winters Jr. battled Dustin Dennison in the heavyweight class. Winters earned the lead when Dennison was hit with a penalty in the first period. An escape in the second period would give Winters a 2-0 advantage, but was hit with his own penalty for a 2-1 lead heading to the third. Dennison would get an escape in the third period to force an overtime period in the match with the score tied at two. A takedown on Winters would give Dennison the 4-2 sudden victory and UNC was down to 15-13.

Sean Cannon faced off against Josh Jensen in the 125 lb weight class. Cannon and Jensem wrestled to a 4-4 tie after the first period, exchanging takedowns on each other. In the second period, Cannon pulled ahead with two takedowns and an escape for a 9-6 lead. Cannon would add a riding time point in the third period for a 10-7 decision win. UNC got some breathing room from Utah Valley with an 18-13 lead.

Montoya went against Jarod Maynes in the 133 lb weight class. The match was scoreless after the first period, but Montoya would take the lead in the second with a takedown on Maynes. Montoya's offense exploded in the third period, with four takedowns and a two-point near fall. The riding time bonus would hand Montoya a 14-4 major decision victory and UNC had a 22-13 advantage over the Wolverines.

There were still two matches left in the dual and Benjamin Polkowske was up in the 141 lb weight class against Matt Findlay. Findlay raced out to a 4-1 lead in the first period with a pair of takedowns on Polkowske. In the second period, Findlay would add another takedown and another in the third period, plus riding time to win 10-2 over Polkowske for a major decision. UNC still had a 22-17 lead over Utah Valley.

The final match of the night had Jimmy Fate going up against Matthew Ontiveros in the 149 lb weight class. Neither Fate or Ontiverios managed to score anything in the first period and the two moved onto the second. Fate took the lead with a takedown on Ontiveros for a 2-1 advantage. In the final period, Ontiveros scored a two-point near fall and Fate was tagged with a penalty. Ontiveros added a riding time point to defeat Fate in a 5-2 decision.

Northern Colorado hung on for the 22-20 dual victory and improved its record to 3-9 and 2-5 in conference play with one final dual this season against Air Force. Utah Valley fell to 8-6 overall and 4-4 in the Big 12. The Wolverines received votes in the coaches poll this week after falling out of the rankings last week.

In their words
"Tonight our guys wrestled hard in a tough environment against a very good Utah Valley team. Our team was able to win on bonus points. We had big wins from Tyler Kinn getting the major at 133. We have a quick turnaround before we dual Air Force on Sunday for our last dual of the season." -Troy Nickerson, Head Coach

Up Next
Northern Colorado hosts Air Force at Bank of Colorado Arena at 3 P.M. on Sunday, Feb. 18th for the final dual of the season.

Tickets for the UNC-Air Force dual are $8 for adults and $5 for youth (fees apply). They can be purchased online by clicking here. All tickets originally purchased for the dual on Feb. 21st will be accepted at the door on Sunday, Feb. 18th.

The Dual can be streamed live on the free PlutoTV app for any smart device and live stats are available through Follow the dual on Twitter for live updates and results with @UNCBearsWrestle.

157: Tyler Kinn (NC) Fall Raider Lofthouse (UVU), 1:42
165: #17 Keilan Torres (NC) wins by Forfeit
174: #17 Kimball Bastian (UVU) Major Dec. Seth Bogulski (NC), 12-3
184: #19 Dylan Gabel (NC) Dec. Will Sumner (UVU), 6-1
197: #33 Tanner Orndorff (UVU) Fall Tanner Davis (NC), 4:43
285: #27 Dustin Dennison (UVU) Dec. Robert Winters Jr. (NC), 4-2 {SV-1}
125: Sean Cannon (NC) Dec. Josh Jensen (UVU), 10-7
133: #25 Rico Montoya (NC) Major Dec. Jarod Maynes (UVU), 14-4
141: Matt Findlay (UVU) Major Dec. Benjamin Polkowske (NC), 10-2
149: Matthew Ontiveros (UVU) Dec. Jimmy Fate (NC), 5-2


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