Minot, N.D. -- The Northern State University wrestling team battled for the first NSIC victory of the season, with a 24-21 win over Minot State. The Wolves move to 7-13 overall and 1-6 in the league this season.
The Wolves took a quick 12-0 lead after a forfeit at 125 pounds and a 59 second victory by fall for Carson Henry. Henry tallied six team points with the win over Colton Nichols. Minot State began to chip away at the NSU lead with a decision victory at 141 pounds.
Tyler Stenberg added to the Northern lead defeating Cody Haugen in an 8-5 decision. The two were scoreless through the first three minutes of competition, however Stenberg grabbed the lead with a takedown in the second period. The NSU junior piled on the points in the third with an opening reversal, as well as a takedown and two point nearfall.
The Beavers fought back at 157 pounds, with their second division victory over the night. Heading into the 165 pound match, the Wolves led 15-6. Another win at 165 pounds for Minot State, and an NSU forfeit at 174 pounds brought the team score to 15-15 with three matches remaining.
David Murphy gave the Wolves led lead at 184 pounds, defeating Briley Crissler in a 7-4 decision. Murphy opened the match with a takedown in the first period, and added two more in the final four minutes of action. Crissler was able to notched four escapes in the match, however it was not enough to overcome the seven point deficit, including riding time.
With the Wolves open at 285 pounds, it was up to junior Joe Gomez to bring home the first NSIC victory for Northern this season. Gomez took a 4-3 lead in the first period, and added three points to open the second. As the second period came to a close, Gomez took down Hunter Hart and recorded the team's second victory by fall in the dual at 4:36 in the match. His six points secured the team victory, as the Wolves defeated the Beavers 24-21.
Northern returns to action tomorrow from the University of Mary in the NSIC season finale. The Wolves and the Marauders will face off at 7 p.m. from Bismarck.
125: Ben Cauffman (NOST) over (MSND) (For.)
133: Carson Henry (NOST) over Colton Nichols (MSND) (Fall 0:59)
141: Tanner Crissler (MSND) over Matt Bettencourt (NOST) (Dec 5-4)
149: Tyler Stenberg (NOST) over Cody Haugen (MSND) (Dec 8-5)
157: Marcus Polak (MSND) overBlake Perryman (NOST) (Dec 13-11)
165: Carlos Toledano (MSND) over Grant Steen (NOST)(Dec 4-3)
174: Mason Courtright (MSND) over (NOST) (For.)
184: David Murphy (NOST) over Briley Crissler (MSND) (Dec 7-4)
197: Joe Gomez (NOST) over Hunter Hart (MSND) (Fall 4:36)
285: Mitchell Eull (MSND) over (NOST) (For.)