Aberdeen, S.D. -- In their 2018-19 season opener, the Northern State University wrestling team defeated Concordia Moorhead 23-14. The Wolves battled from behind, improving to 1-0 on the year.
NSU was down 8-0 heading into the third match of the evening. Senior Kaden Campbell got the ball rolling for the Wolves with a 10-2 major decision win over Nick Gravdahl. Campbell scored early and often recording a takedown in each of the three periods, as well as escapes in the second and third. He sealed the major with a penalty point and riding time point in the third.
Diego Gallegos continued to chip away at the Concordia lead in the 197-pound match, defeating Jacob Arends. Gallegos took a quick 3-point lead in the first with an awarded penalty point and a takedown. Arends answered with two escapes in the first and second, cutting the lead to one. The sophomore chose down to begin the third, and extended his lead with a takedown, ultimately taking the match 4-2.
The Wolves were within one heading into the 285-pound bout, however the Cobbers extended their team score lead with a decision victory.
Following the 5-minute intermission, freshman Dayne Morton grabbed his first collegiate victory with a 6-5 win over Jake Nohre. It was a back and forth battle through three periods with Morton scoring three points in the first, one in the second, and two in the third. His third period takedown sealed the win, and brought the Wolves within one as the scoreboard read 11-10 Concordia.
NSU fell by decision in the 133-pound match, but rallied back in the 140-pound weights with back-to-back wins by freshmen Kolton Roth and Caden Moore.
Roth recorded the team's second extra point win of the dual, defeating Bret Wilson 10-2. The wrestlers with tied heading into the third after a takedown by Roth in the first, and reversal by Wilson in the second. Roth took things into his own hands starting the third period on bottom. He was awarded a penalty point and rallied from there with a takedown and four point nearfall. He added a point of riding time after accumulating over 4-minutes through the first two periods, sealing the major decision win.
The two teams were tied at 14-all heading into the final two weights of the evening. Moore took a 2-1 lead over Ty Johnson through the first period and chose down to begin the second. He broke through with an escape at the 1:20 mark, extending his lead to 3-1. Moore road Johnson out through a majority of the third, and despite giving up an escape, came away with the 3-2 win and what ended up being the decisive match for the Wolves.
Walker Carr took the 6-point forfeit victory in the 157-pound match as the Cobbers decided to wrestle open.
Northern returns to the mat this Saturday for the DWU Open from Mitchell. Competition is set to begin at 9 a.m. from the Christen Family Athletic Center.
165: Travis Deegan (COMO) over Tanner Wiese (NOST) (TF 16-0 7:00)
174: Kaden Spindler (COMO) over Jake Flakus (NOST) (Dec 4-2)
184: Kaden Campbell (NOST) over nick gravdahl (COMO) (MD 10-2)
197: Diego Gallegos (NOST) over Jacob Arends (COMO) (Dec 4-2)
285: Noah Carter (COMO) over Caleb Lefferdrink (NOST) (Dec 4-2)
125: Dayne Morton (NOST) over Jake Nohre (COMO) (Dec 6-5)
133: Benjamin Bogart (COMO) over Robert Coyle (NOST) (Dec 9-3)
141: Kolton Roth (NOST) over Bret Wilson (COMO) (MD 10-2)
149: Caden Moore (NOST) over ty johnson (COMO) (Dec 3-2)
157: Walker Carr (NOST) over (COMO) (For.)