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Weber extends winning streak to 9 as NDSU wraps up regular season

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- North Dakota State senior 165-pounder Luke Weber won his eighth and ninth straight matches as the Bison wrestling team closed out its regular-season schedule Saturday, Feb. 20, with the Last Chance Challenge inside Frost Arena. There was no team scoring.

Competitors from NDSU and South Dakota State wrestled 41 matches in the round-robin event, which served as a final tune-up for the teams' starting lineups two weeks ahead of the Big 12 Championships and provided extra matches for reserves who did not have the benefit of open tournaments due to COVID-19.

Weber, who hasn't lost since Jan. 10, picked up a 4-1 victory by decision over SDSU's Kenny O'Neil and won by fall over Dalton Lakmann in 2 minutes, 7 seconds. Weber improved his record to a team-best 10-2 overall with four pins.

NDSU freshman Kellyn March, ranked No. 26 nationally at 133 pounds, picked up his first collegiate pin with a victory over Greg Coapstick at 1:25. The Bison also got pins from 149 Jaden Van Maanen and 184 TJ Pottinger.

At 157 pounds, No. 11-ranked Jared Franek picked up his third straight victory with a 19-4 technical fall over Jack Thomsen. Freshman 125 Ryan Henningson split four matches including a pair of wins by technical fall 17-2 over Coapstick and 18-3 over Ethan Bowman.

The Bison got wins from Ryan Ripplinger and Sam Stuhl at 133 pounds, Austin Braun picked up his first victory of the season at 157 pounds, Jesse Shearer, Riley Habisch and Austin Brenner all won matches at 174 , while Gary Wokojance and Michael Nelson added victories at 184 pounds.

NDSU freshman 197 Owen Pentz was a 7-1 winner over SDSU's Jacob Schoon and No. 29-ranked Bison heavyweight Brandon Metz was a 4-3 winner over SDSU's Bowen McConville.

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