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NDSU grinds out 20-15 Big 12 road win at Utah Valley

OREM, Utah -- Each team won five bouts, but three bonus point decisions helped North Dakota State grind out a 20-15 win over Utah Valley in a Big 12 Conference dual on Monday, Feb. 3, before 931 in Lockhart Arena.

NDSU (6-3, 3-1 #Big12WR) is scheduled to host Fresno State (7-6, 2-1 #Big12WR) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in Scheels Center.

With the dual tied 3-3, the Bison gathered bonus points in three of the next four bouts to build a 17-6 lead. Dylan Droegemueller gained momentum for a 13-3 major decision at 141 pounds to improve to 10-6 overall, 2-2 in duals.

NDSU No. 16-ranked 157-pounder Jared Franek (19-6, 7-2) continued to make a statement by thundering to a 16-1 tech fall in 2:52. It was back-to-back tech falls for the Bison as No. 10-ranked 165 Andrew Fogarty improved to 14-2 overall and 8-0 in duals with an 18-1 effort in 5:41. Fogarty has 12 bonus point wins this season.

North Dakota State 125-pounder McGwire Midkiff (8-4, 3-2) opened the dual with a 7-5 decision over Josiah Nava, while Noah Cressell held off Ashton Seely 10-7 for the win at 184 pounds.

Four nationally-ranked wrestlers picked up wins for Utah Valley (1-10, 0-7 #Big12WR), No. 14 133 Taylor LaMont edged No .10 Cam Sykora 2-1, No. 9 174 Kimball Bastian fought off Austin Brenner 5-4, No. 20 Tanner Orndorff won 7-4 over Cordell Eaton at 197, while No. 4 heavyweight Tate Orndorff outlasted No. 27 Brandon Metz 5-3 in sudden victory-1.

Results:
125-- McGwire Midkiff (NDSU) dec Josiah Nava (UVU), 7-5
133-- #14 Taylor LaMont (UVU) dec #10 Cam Sykora (NDSU), 2-1
141-- Dylan Droegemueller (NDSU) major dec Isaiah Delgado (UVU), 13-3
149-- Cameron Hunsaker (UVU) dec Jaden Van Maanen (NDSU), 8-2
157-- #16 Jared Franek (NDSU) tech fall Jerry Rubio (UVU), TF 16-1 2:52
165-- #10 Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) tech fall Koy Wilkinson (UVU), TF 18-1 5:41
174-- #9 Kimball Bastian (UVU) dec Austin Brenner (NDSU), 5-4
184-- Noah Cressell (NDSU) dec Ashton Seely (UVU), 10-7
197-- #20 Tanner Orndorff (UVU) dec Cordell Eaton (NDSU), 7-4
285-- #4 Tate Orndorff (UVU) sudden victory-1 #27 Brandon Metz (NDSU), SV-1 5-3

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