FARGO, N.D. -- No. 25 North Dakota State University returned to action at home against Big 12 conference foe Utah Valley. NDSU would win this one running away, as they won in nine of the ten weight classes against a short handed Utah Valley squad. NDSU would also pick up bonus points in all nine of their victories.
The dual got underway at 125 with No. 9 Brent Fleetwood taking on Josh Jensen. This one was all Fleetwood as he was able to secure three takedowns and three sets of four-point nearfalls, as he raced to a second period tech fall.
133 brought No. 16 Cameron Sykora to the mat to take on Isaiah Delgado. Sykora raced to a big first period lead behind two takedowns and two sets of nearfall. Sykora started the second period on bottom, where he would quickly escape and immediately take Delgado to his back to secure the fall; just 12 seconds into the second period.
141 proved to be the most competitive match of the night as Dylan Gregorson met Sawyer Degen. Gregerson would secure an early takedown to grab the 2-0 lead. Degen was able to escape to end the first period down 2-1. The wrestlers would trade takedowns and escapes in the second period, which left Gregorson with a 5-4 lead heading to the third period. Gregorson continued to work right until the second period buzzer and was able to score his escape in the final second of the period, which would prove to be huge. Degen quickly escape to tie the match in the third period, but Gregorson would ice the win with his third takedown and get the 7-6 victory.
Jaden Van Maanen stepped to the mat against Cameron Haddock at 149. Van Maanen came out on fire with a quick takedown, two nearfall, and ultimately secured the first period fall to get NDSU back on track.
Luke Weber and Spencer Haywood squared off at 157, with neither wrestler getting to their offense in the first period. Weber quickly escaped to gain the early second period advantage and would continue to put more distance between the two, with two takedowns in the period. In the third period, Weber would pick up two sets of four point nearfalls and riding time to secure a 14-2 major decision.
With No. 11 Demetrius Romero out for Utah Valley at 165, No. 20 Andrew Fogarty squared off against Koy Wilkinson. Fogarty was sharp from the opening whistle, using some pretty attacks and outstanding movement from neutral on his way to recording six takedowns and a 18-5 major decision.
No. 13 Kimball Bastian was out for Utah Valley at 174, so Kyle Snelling drew the start against Lorenzo De La Riva. Snelling had some good attacks, but got outscrambled by the funky De La Riva and trailed 2-0 after the first. De La Riva was able to secure another takedown early in the second period and that led to another fall for the Bison.
Michael Otomo drew a forfeit for NDSU at 184.
At 197, Cordell Eaton would draw Utah Valley backup Ashton Seely, with starter and No. 14 ranked Tanner Orndorff out. Eaton secured a major decision in impressive fashion; using five takedowns, a reversal, and riding time to earn the win.
Heavyweight arguably brought the most impressive result for the Bison. Unranked Brandon Metz squared off against No. 12 Tate Orndorff. Metz fired off a shot early in the match and quickly transitioned into a throw, and quickly put Orndorff on his back. Metz was able to keep Orndorff in danger and ultimately secure the fall just over a minute into the match. This seemed to be a fitting conclusion to a stellar night for the Bison.
NDSU has two events remaining prior to postseason action, with the next event a home dual with rival South Dakota State on Feb. 15 in Fargo.
Utah Valley caps a busy week with a match in Ames against Iowa State on Sunday, Feb. 3. This will be their third dual in four days and all on the road.
125: #9 Brent Fleetwood (North Dakota State) tech. fall Josh Jensen (Utah Valley), 19-1
133: #16 Cam Sykora (North Dakota State) pinned Isaiah Delgado (Utah Valley), 3:12
141: Dylan Gregerson (Utah Valley) dec. Sawyer Degen (North Dakota State), 7-6
149: Jaden Van Maanen (North Dakota State) pinned Cameron Haddock (Utah Valley), 1:58
157: Luke Weber (North Dakota State) maj. dec. Spencer Heywood (Utah Valley), 14-2
165: #20 Andrew Fogarty (North Dakota State) maj. dec. Koy Wilkinson (Utah Valley), 18-5
174: Lorenzo De La Riva (North Dakota State) pinned Kyle Snelling (Utah Valley), 3:44
184: Michael Otomo (North Dakota State) by forfeit
197: Cordell Eaton (North Dakota State) maj. dec. Ashton Seely (Utah Valley), 13-4
285: Brandon Metz (North Dakota State) pinned No. 12 Tate Orndorff (Utah Valley), 1:03