EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 16 Northwestern bested North Dakota State Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena, winning seven of 10 bouts en route to a final score of 28-18.
With the win, the 'Cats improve to 2-1 on the season and stayed unbeaten at home. Dating back to last season, the Wildcats have now won four-straight home duals.
"That's a good win to get over a team that we've come up short against the last couple of years," Head Coach Matt Storniolo said following the win. "Putting 28 points up as a team is a good number, but we have to be a little stingier in the matches we didn't come out on top with."
After a forfeit at 125, NU was quickly off to a 6-0 lead. From there, the marquee match of the dual took place at 133 pounds featuring No. 3 (125) Sebastian Rivera and No. 8 Cam Sykora. Rivera won the match via a 6-3 decision to put the 'Cats up 9-0 after two bouts.
After a fall in favor of the Bison's Sawyer Degen at 141, Northwestern rebounded with two major decision victories by No. 20 Yahya Thomas, 11-0 (149) and No. 3 Ryan Deakin 12-1 (157). The Wildcats entered intermission with a 17-6 lead.
"In terms of getting the offense I did a really good job today, that was one of the things I had really been working on" Thomas said following his second victory of the season. "And defensively I thought I wrestled really well and improved in a lot of areas."
A first period pin by No. 9 Andrew Fogarty (165) would trim the Bison deficit to five, down 17-12, but a 8-6 decision in favor of Tyler Morland at 174, coupled with bonus-point victories for the 'Cats from Jack Jessen at 184 and Lucas Davison at 197 would put the bout out of reach.
Northwestern wrestlers will take to the mat again December 6-7 in Vegas at the Cliff Kean Invitational. NU will host the returning home to Hoffman Estates and Sears Centre Arena to host the 57th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships December 29-30.
125: Michael DeAugustino (NU). forfeit. McGwire Midkiff (NDSU)In t | NU 6, NDSU 0
133: #3 (125) Sebastian Rivera (NU) dec. #8 Cam Sykora (NDSU), 7-3 | NU 9, NDSU 0
141: Sawyer Degen (NDSU) fall. Alec McKenna (NU), 2:13 | NU 9, NDSU 6
149: #20 Yahya Thomas (NU) maj. dec. Jaden Van Maanen (NDSU), 11-0| NU 13, NDSU 6
157: #3 Ryan Deakin (NU) maj. dec. Jared Franek (NDSU), 12-1 | NU 17, NDSU 6
165: #9 Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) fall. Shayne Oster (NU), 2:24| NU 17, NDSU 12
174: Tyler Morland (NU) dec. Lorenzo De La Riva (NDSU), 8-6 | NU 20, NDSU 12
184: Jack Jessen (NU) maj. dec. Noah Cressell (NDSU), 9-1 NU 24, NDSU 12
197: Lucas Davison (NU) maj. dec. Cordell Eaton (UNI), 9-1| NU 28, NDSU 12
285: Brandon Metz (NDSU) fall. Jack Heyob (NU), 2:20 | NU 24, NDSU 18
*All team ranking information is via NWCA Coaches Poll rankings as of Nov. 19.
*All individual ranking information is via InterMat rankings as of Nov. 19.