FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota State University welcomed Oregon State to Fargo for a non-conference battle. NDSU would grab an early lead and never relinquish it, winning seven of ten matches, on their way to a 31-13 victory.
The dual started at 149, where NDSU's Jaden Van Maanen would meet Zac Evans of Oregon State. Van Maanen used multiple takedowns to build a strong early lead, before recording the fall at 5:55.
Oregon State would try to fight back at 157, with Hunter Willits taking on Nick Knutson. Willits, an NCAA Qualifier, came in as the heavy favorite in this one, but it was Knutson who would strike first. Knutson notched a takedown in the first minute of the match and looked to take a 2-1 lead to the second period. However, with 10 seconds left in the period, Willits would respond with a takedown of his own to take a 3-2 lead into the second period. The second period didn't see much separation between the two combatants. In the third, Willits was able to extend his lead and ultimately secure the 10-4 victory to get Oregon State on the board.
No. 17 Andrew Fogarty took on Aaron Olmos at 165, where it would be all Fogarty. Fogarty used a first period takedown and two four point near falls to build a 10-0 lead after the first period. The second period saw Fogarty get another turn and secure the fall.
174 brought Lorenzo De La Riva and Colt Doyle to the mat. De La Riva seemingly is in a seven-minute scramble for most of his matches, and that largely happened again tonight. De La Riva led throughout the match and wound up winning more scrambles than he lost on his way to a 11-7 win.
NDSU gave redshirt sophomore Michael Otomo his first start in a NDSU singlet. He would meet Myles Terry for Oregon State. Otomo did a good job with his leg attacks and fended off some late upper body attacks from Terry, to secure a hard fought 10-6 win.
Cordell Eaton looked to get back on track vs Bob Coleman, after losing two close matches last week against Air Force and Wyoming. Behind the strength of several takedowns, Eaton got back on track, as he raced to a 12-3 major decision.
At heavyweight, Brandon Metz would meet former Northern Colorado heavyweight Jamarcus Grant. Metz had a substantial size advantage in this one and would use it over and over. Metz was able to notch an early lateral drop for six points, and he would not look back from there. Metz was generally able to stuff any attack by Grant and use his size to score on counters. Grant was able to hit a very nice super duck in the last thirty seconds, but it wasn't enough as Metz secured the 15-6 major Decision. Oregon State All American Amar Dhesi did make the trip with the Beavers and did confirm that we will see him back on the mat in the second semester.
125 was billed as the marquee match of the night, as No. 3 Ronnie Bresser squared off with No. 9 Brent Fleetwood. These two veteran 125s wrestle very close to the mat and are tough to create scoring chances off of. The first period didn't see a ton of action, as Bresser took more attacks, but Fleetwood controlled the center more. Fleetwood was able to fire off a nice counterattack against Bresser and was able to briefly get to a standing single that Bresser would fight out of it. After a scoreless first period, Bresser would register a quick escape to get the scoring started. Following a restart, Bresser hit a powerful snap down and immediately jumped to a cow catcher and was able to put Fleetwood on his back and record the fall. Bresser showed impeccable defense throughout the match and good power and explosion when an opening arose.
NDSU looked to get back on track at 133 with 19th-ranked Cam Sykora taking on Kegan Calkins. Calkins would get the first takedown, but it was all Sykora from there. Following the opening takedown, Sykora would use multiple takedowns and turns to outscore Calkins 19-1 the rest of the way and get the tech fall.
The final match of the night saw Grant Willits take on Sawyer Degen. Degen was making his first start in a Bison uniform and was looking to make a memorable debut, like Michael Otomo. It wasn't to be, as Willits led this one from start to finish while securing a dominating 13-0 major decision.
NDSU returns to action at the South Beach duals while Oregon State is off until a dual against Michigan.
149: Jaden Van Maanen (North Dakota State) pinned Zach Evans (Oregon State), 5:55
157: Hunter Willits (Oregon State) dec. Nick Knutson (North Dakota State) 10-4
165: #17 Andrew Fogarty (North Dakota State) pinned Aaron Olmos (Oregon State), 3:24
174: Lorenzo De La Riva (North Dakota State) dec. Colt Doyle (Oregon State), 11-7
184: Michael Otomo (North Dakota State) dec. Myles Terry (Oregon State), 10-16
197: Cordell Eaton (North Dakota State) maj. dec. Bob Coleman (Oregon State), 12-3
285: Brandon Metz (North Dakota State) maj. dec. Jamarcus Grant (Oregon State), 15-6
125: #3 Ronnie Bresser (Oregon State) pinned #9 Brent Fleetwood (North Dakota State), 3:43
133: #19 Cam Sykora (North Dakota State) tech. fall Kegan Calkins (Oregon State), 19-3
141: Grant Willits (Oregon State) maj. dec. Sawyer Degen (North Dakota State), 13-0