FRESNO, Calif. -- No. 20-ranked North Dakota State needed a major decision from 125-pounder Brent Fleetwood in the final bout to turn back upset-minded Fresno State 21-20 in Big 12 Conference dual on Friday, Nov. 16, in the Save Mart Center.
Both teams won five matches and NDSU (3-0, 1-0 #Big12WR) scored bonus points in all five of its wins with a tech fall and four major decisions. Three of the majors came over the final five bouts. Bonus points were a factor in 9 of 10 matches.
Fleetwood, a transfer from Central Michigan, used a nine-point second period to turn the tables on the Bulldogs' Robert Garcia IV. He used an escape, takedown, 2-point near fall and 4-point near fall to take a 9-0 lead into the third period. Fleetwood, ranked No. 22 nationally, improved to 3-0.
NDSU's No. 16-ranked 133 pounder Cam Sykora (3-0) opened with his second tech fall of the season, 16-0 at 5:43 over Gary Joint.
However, Fresno State (3-2, 1-1 #Big12WR) scored 13 straight to take a 13-5 lead on a Chris Deloza major decision, Khristian Olivas tech fall and Isaiah Hokit major decision.
North Dakota State bounced back with a pair of major decisions to tie the dual at 13-all. No. 12-ranked 165 Andrew Fogarty (3-0) recorded a 4-point near fall and gained riding time in a 9-1 major over Jacob Wright. California native and No. 23-ranked 174 Lorenzo De La Riva did all of his scoring in the third period for a 12-0 major decision over Dominic Kincaid.
Fresno State 184 Jackson Hemauer jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first period and recorded a 9-0 major decision over Tyler McNutt. The 17-13 lead was short-lived as NDSU 197 Cordell Eaton fashioned an 11-2 major decision over Danny Salas.
In the only match that didn't involve bonus points, Fresno State No. 15-ranked 285 AJ Nevills needed a third period escape for a hard-fought 1-0 win over redshirt freshman Brandon Metz.
The Bison are scheduled to compete at the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunner Open at noon Central Time on Sunday, Nov. 18.
133: #16 Cam Sykora (NDSU) tech fall Gary Joint (FSU), TF 16-0 5:43
141: Chris Deloza (FSU) major dec Nico Colunga (NDSU), MD 12-1
149: #16 Khristian Olivas (FSU) tech fall Jaden Van Maanen (NDSU), TF 16-0 4:44)
157: Isaiah Hokit (FSU) major dec Nick Knutson (NDSU), MD 14-4
165: #12 Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) major dec Jacob Wright (FSU), MD 9-1
174: #23 Lorenzo De La Riva (NDSU) major dec Dominic Kincaid (FSU), MD 12-0
184: Jackson Hemauer (FSU) major dec Tyler McNutt (NDSU), MD 9-0
197: Cordell Eaton (NDSU) major dec Danny Salas (FSU), MD 11-2
285: #15 AJ Nevills (FSU) dec #23 Brandon Metz (NDSU), 1-0
125: #22 Brent Fleetwood (NDSU) major dec Robert Garcia IV (FSU), MD 12-0