NDSU Dominates Northern Colorado in Conference Victory
Monk, Lehmann register falls
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014 09:02
The NDSU wrestling team continued its dominance in the Western Wrestling Conference, improving to 3-0 after a 28-11 victory Sunday over Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. This was the Bison’s ninth victory in 13 duals.
NDSU jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in demanding fashion. Two decisions by redshirt freshman 141-pounder Clay Cathey and senior 149-pounder Tyler Diamond kicked off NDSU’s strong performance. The Bison won seven of the 10 matches.
UNC’s No. 20 ranked 157-pounder Mitch Polkowske won by technical fall over Tanner Carlisle to get UNC on the board. But No. 3 Steven Monk registered his 17th straight win with a pin over Charlie McMartin in the first period. That is Monk’s third pin in his last five matches.
The Bison took the next three matches, highlighted by a Tyler Lehmann pin that put the dual out of reach. Matt Gray started out with an 8-6 decision over Josh Van Tine at 174 pounds. No. 19 Kurtis Julson followed with an 11-4 decision at 184 pounds over Nick Bayer to put the Bison up 13.
Lehmann didn’t waste any time putting the match out of reach. At 197 pounds, Lehmann registered his seventh pin in eight duals. His pin over Cole Briegel came at the 5-minute, 26-second mark.
UNC got back-to-back decisions at heavyweight and 125 pounds to get the score closer. Henry Chriino defeated John Gusewelle, 8-3 and 125-pounder Trey Andrews beat Hunter Weber, 4-3.
With the match out of reach, 133-pounder Justin LaValle rounded up NDSU’s dominant performance with a 15-2 major decision over Sonny Espinosa as the Bison took the 28-11 victory.
NDSU hits the road this weekend before hosting two duals. The Bison will be in action at the NWCA National Duals in Columbus, Ohio this Sunday. Then, NDSU hosts Wyoming Feb. 21 and South Dakota State two days later.
The NCAA West Regional begins March 8.