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Northern Colorado picks up wins over VMI, Hofstra

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- It was a good Sunday for Northern Colorado wrestling as the team went 2-0 to even up their record on the season. UNC started in the morning with an impressive 35-9 win over Virginia Military Institute and followed up with a 21-13 against Hofstra, who hosted the duals today.

Dominating the Keydets

"I thought we wrestled well and dominated VMI," head coach Troy Nickerson said of the dual. "I'm proud of guys like Mason Hulse, Jordan Robison and Macoy Flanagan for getting their first dual wins."

The tone of the dual was set in the first match, as Rico Montoya dominated VMI's Chris Conway in 125 lb bout. Montoya earned the tech fall win, 16-0, in the third period to give UNC a 5-0 lead out of the gate.

Sean Cannon kept the fast start going for the Bears in the 133 lb match against Hunter Starner. Cannon would win 5-4 by decision over Starner to extend UNC's lead to 8-0 over the Keydets.

Dom Gallo would defeat Owen Lamb in the 141 lb bout with a 4-0 decision win to put VMI on the board, trailing the Bears 8-3.

In the 149 lb match, Mason Hulse faced Zach Schmitt and Hulse scored early and often, with a 10-3 lead after the first period. Hulse would win his first career dual match 18-7 by major decision over Schmitt and UNC extended its lead to 12-3.

Jordan Robison would take on Jerrod Hunziker in the 157 lb weight class and Robison would score four takedowns in the first period to lead 8-3. Robison did not let the match get past the second period, pinning Hunziker at 4:23 for his first career dual win. UNC's lead ballooned to 18-3.

Macoy Flanagan would battle Jakob Kennedy in the 165 lb bout and had a 4-1 lead after the first period. Flanagan would pad his advantage and win a 12-5 decision over Kennedy for his first career dual victory. The Bears continued to build their lead, now up 21-3.

Trenton Schultz faced Neal Richards in the 174 lb match, but trailed 14-6 after the first period. Richards would pin Schultz at 4:23 to cut UNC's lead to 21-9.

In the 184 lb bout, Dalton Robertson went against Ben Wagner and Robertson built a 6-0 advantage in the first period. Robertson would then pin Wagner at 3:48 and UNC put the dual out of reach for VMI, leading 27-9 with two matches remaining.

Jacob Seely faced Chris Beck in the 197 lb match and held a 4-0 lead after the first period. Seely would continue to score and secured
the 11-2 major decision win to put the Bears lead at 31-9.

Robert Winters Jr. battled Trey Momon in the 285 lb bout and opened with a 4-2 lead after the first period. Winters Jr. would close out the dual with an 11-3 major decision win over Momon.

UNC defeated VMI 35-9 for its first dual win of the season.

Battling tough against the Pride

"Versus Hofstra, we had some adversity," Nickerson said. "Rico got hit with some tricks that cost him the match. Sean Cannon looked great beating an opponent he has never beaten before. Macoy Flanagan and Del Winters won tough matches late."

Rico Montoya started the second dual of the day against Dylan Ryder in the 125 lb weight class. Ryder would start fast against Montoya with a 6-0 lead after the first period and went on to win a 13-3 major decision. Hofstra had the early 4-0 lead in the dual.

Sean Cannon would take on Trent Olson in the 133 lb bout and lead 1-0 after the first period. Cannon would tack on riding time at the end of the match to win a 3-1 decision and Bears pulled within one of the Pride.

Owen Lamb went against Garrett Lambert in the 141 match and Lambert had a 5-0 lead after the first period. Lambert would go on to defeat Lamb 9-5 by decision and Hofstra's lead was now 7-3.

In the 149 lb match, Mason Hulse won after Hofstra forfeited the bout and UNC raced ahead of the Pride, 9-7.

Now at 157 lb, Jordan Robison took an early lead 3-2 on Chris Mauriello after the first period. The two wrestlers would battle close, but a late takedown from Mauriello on Ribosn gave him the 8-7 decision won and Hofstra was back in front 10-9.

Macoy Flanagan meet Ricky Stamm in the 165 lb match and the two were tied at one after three periods. In overtime, Flanagan scored a quick takedown to get the 3-1 sudden victory. The Bears were back in front 12-10.

Trenton Schultz went head-to-head with Sage Heller in the 174 bout, with Heller taking an early 2-0 lead in the first period. Heller would defeat Schultz 5-0 by decision to retake the lead for Hofstra, 13-12.

Dalton Robertson battled Trey Rogers in the 184 lb match and Robertson had a 2-0 lead after the first period. Robertson was in control for the whole match, winning 8-1 by decision and putting the Bears back in front 15-13.

In the 197 lb bout, Jacob Seely faced Nezar Haddad, but would trail 2-1 after the first period. Seely came back with a two-point nearfall and a takedown to win 6-2 by decision. The Bears had some seperation from Hofstra with an 18-13 lead.

The final match was in the 285 lb weight class, as Robert Winters Jr. went against Omar Haddad. The two wrestlers were tied at one after the third period and would need overtime to decide the match. Winters Jr. scored a takedown on Haddad to earn the 3-1 sudden victory.

UNC won the dual 21-13 to improve its record to 2-2 on the season, going 2-0 on Sunday. "We will need to stay tough heading into tomorrow in order to come away with another victory," Nickerson added.

Up Next
Northern Colorado will finish its road trip on Monday against Columbia, with the dual starting at 4 p.m. (MST).

Northern Colorado 35, VMI 9
125: Rico Montoya over Chris Conway (TF, 16-0)
133: Sean Cannon over Hunter Starner (Dec 5-4)
141: Dom Gallo over Owen Lamb (Dec 4-0)
149: Mason Hulse over Zach Schmitt (MD 18-7)
157: Jordan Robison over Jerrod Hunziker (Fall 4:23)
165: Macoy Flanagan over Ricky Stamm (SV-1 3-1)
174: Neal Richards over Trenton Schultz (Fall 4:23
184: Dalton Robertson over Ben Wagner (Fall 3:48)
197: Jacob Seely over Chris Beck (MD 11-2)
285: Robert Winters Jr. over Trey Momon (MD 11-3)

Northern Colorado 25, Hofstra 13
125: Dylan Ryder over Rico Montoya (MD 13-3)
133: Sean Cannon over Trent Olson (Dec 3-1)
141: Garrett Lambert over Owen Lamb (Dec 9-5)
149: Mason Hulse over (For.)
157: Chris Mauriello over Jordan Robison (Dec 8-7)
165: Macoy Flanagan over Ricky Stamm (SV-1 3-1)
174: Sage Heller over Trenton Schultz (Dec 5-0)
184: Dalton Robertson over Trey Rogers (Dec 8-1)
197: Jacob Seely over Nezar Haddad (Dec 6-2)
285: Robert Winters Jr. over Omar Haddad (SV-1 3-1)

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