FARGO, N.D. -- 24th-ranked NDSU and SDSU renewed their rivalry, as the Jackrabbits traveled to Fargo to take on the Bison in a late season Big 12 conference dual. While this rivalry is always interesting, this year's version added a new wrinkle: This was the first rivalry dual for SDSU coach Damian Hahn against his former University of Minnesota teammate Roger Kish. The Bison came into the night on a three-match winning streak, and were looking for more. The Bison would win eight of ten individual matches on their way to a 31-10 victory. With the victory, the traveling the Border Bell trophy, will remain in Fargo for the next season.
The action got underway at 184 pounds. SDSU star Zach Carlson took on Michael Otomo to open the night. Carlson led this one from start to finish, as he raced to a 17-2 technical fall. Carlson took a 3-0 lead into the second period, where he would get a reversal, stall point and his first set of nearfall to close with a 10-0 lead. Otomo briefly gave the Bison hope as he started the third period with a takedown, but Carlson would answer with a reversal and secure four nearfall as time expired to get the tech.
Cordell Eaton looked to get NDSU on the board at 197 against Martin Mueller. After a scoreless first period, Mueller took the lead behind a quick escape. Eaton would grab his first lead behind a late takedown and a rideout. In the third, Eaton was able to extend his lead to 3-1 with a quick escape of his own. Mueller would try to close the gap, but Eaton defended well and came away with the hard fought 3-1 victory.
Heavyweight brought us possibly the most exciting match as Brandon Metz and Blake Wolters squared off. Metz fired off a quick single leg and secured an early 2-0 lead. After Wolters escaped, Metz locked up double overhooks and attempted a throw. Wolters was able to counter and come out on top with a four point move and a 5-2 lead. Metz would gain an escape to close the period down 5-3. Metz quickly escaped in the second and fired off another leg attack to regain the lead at 6-5. Wolters was able to escape to bring the period to a close with the score tied at six. Wolters escaped again but was hit with his second stall call to bring the match to 7-7, with Metz holding a riding time advantage. Metz was able to fend off Wolters final attacks and with riding time, came away with an 8-7 victory.
Ninth-ranked Brent Fleetwood looked to keep things rolling for NDSU against Greg Coapstick. Fleetwood scored a quick takedown and recorded two sets of nearfall to take a 10-0 lead after the first. Fleetwood was able to get his third turn in the second period, and this time he would secure the fall.
NDSU's No. 16 Cam Sykora squared off against Rylee Molitor at 133. Sykora quickly secured the opening takedown, but Molitor escaped shortly after. Sykora would secure another takedown and get a set of nearfall to end the period up 6-1. That lead would hold up as the wrestlers would trade points over the final two periods, and Sykora came away with the 7-2 victory.
Sawyer Degen stepped to the mat at 141 for NDSU against Aric Williams. Degen was able to secure a takedown in all three periods as he recorded his first win in a dual meet for NDSU. Williams was able to secure two reversals to keep the match close throughout, but Degen was able to generate enough offense from his feet to get the win.
149 may have been the most anticipated match of the night as SDSU's eighteenth ranked Henry Pohlmeyer met Jaden VanMaanen. Van Maanen was very close to a single leg takedown for over thirty seconds in the first period, but Pohlmeyer displayed incredible defense as he spun, scrambled, and sprawled out of what look like a sure takedown for Van Maanen. After a scoreless first period, VanMaanen chose neutral. This time, VanMaanen was able to convert his attack and took a 2-1 lead into the third period. Pohlmeyer chose down with designs on escaping to tie the match. However, VanMaanen rode very tough for a minute and a half and locking up riding time, to effectively take a 3-1 lead. With about 30 seconds left, VanMaanen had legs in and was looking for a power half, but Pohlmeyer was able to put VanMaanen on his back just long enough to secure the defensive fall and stun the home crowd. SDSU was docked a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct after this match.
At 157, Luke Weber looked to stay hot for NDSU as he took on Colten Carlson. Weber looked fantastic for much of the match as he used a number of level changes, beautiful shots, and big mat returns to build a 7-2 lead early in the third period. Carlson would finish the match with some fury, as he recorded two takedowns in the final 30 seconds to close the gap to 10-7. He would get no closer and Weber kept his winning ways intact.
Nineteenth-ranked Andrew Fogarty looked to officially seal the dual for NDSU at 165 against Logan Peterson. Fogarty got to his offense early and often, as he used two takedowns and three turns to secure a 16-0 technical fall in the second period.
The final bout saw Lorenzo De La Riva and Sam Grove meet at 174. Grove, a Moorhead Minnesota Native, was essentially wrestling back in his home town. De La Riva would not provide a welcoming homecoming. De La Riva got a takedown in all three periods and was able to secure a fall on his second turn of the match. NDSU was penalized one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct after the 174 match.
184: Zach Carlson (SDSU) tech fall Michael Otomo (NDSU), TF 17-2 7:00
197: Cordell Eaton (NDSU) dec Martin Mueller (SDSU), 3-1
285: Brandon Metz (NDSU) dec Blake Wolters (SDSU), 8-7
125: #9 Brent Fleetwood (NDSU) fall Gregory Coapstick (SDSU), 3:53
133: #16 Cam Sykora (NDSU) dec Rylee Molitor (SDSU), 7-2
141: Sawyer Degen (NDSU) dec Aric Williams (SDSU), 9-5
149: #13 Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU) fall Jaden Van Maanen (NDSU), 6:48
157: Luke Weber (NDSU) dec Colten Carlson (SDSU), 10-7
165: #18 Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) tech fall Logan Peterson (SDSU), TF 16-0 4:32
174: Lorenzo De La Riva (NDSU) fall Samuel Grove (SDSU), 6:45