No. 20/21 Wrestling Loses at No. 15 Wisconsin
Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2014 09:02
The North Dakota State University wrestling team was one win away from pulling off a signature win at No. 15 Wisconsin. Down 19-17 going into the final match, No. 10 Connor Medbery of Wisconsin took over the second period and scored a major decision over No. 28 Evan Knutson 10-1 to help the Badgers to a 23-17 win.
It was a spirited battle for the Bison, which found them down 12-0 after three matches. No. 10 Ryan Taylor won by major decision over Hunter Weber, 15-4 at 125 pounds. No. 6 Tyler Graff won by tech fall over Justin LaValle, 19-4. Jesse Thielke extended the lead to 12-0 after defeating Clay Cathey.
NDSU got on the board with 149-pounder Tyler Diamond winning an 11-5 decision over TJ Ruschell. Wisconsin responded at 157 pounds when No. 6 Issac Jordan won by major decision over Nick Olejnik.
The Bison began to make a run after, winning big matches. No. 3 Steven Monk extended his five-match winning streak, winning by tech fall over Frank Cousins to make the score 16-8. The Badgers recorded another win at 174 pounds, this one over NDSU’s No. 9 Hayden Zillmer, 3-2.
NDSU got two straight wins at 184 and 197 pounds to make it 19-17 going into the final match. No. 27 Kurtis Julson started it off by winning a 4-3 decision over Jackson Hein. No. 30 Tyler Lehmann continued his pinning spree, recording his fifth pin in six duals. His pin closed the lead to 19-17.
Knutson had the last shot to pull off the upset. He was only down 4-1 after the first period, but Medbery took control and won with a major decision as the Badgers fought off the Bison for the 23-17 win.
The loss ends a five-match dual winning streak for the Bison, who sit at 7-4. This was the first dual loss since December 2013.
The Bison are in action again Friday, as they face Western Wrestling Conference foe Utah Valley on the road. NDSU then travels to Northern Colorado on Sunday for another conference dual matchup.