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By Jeff Kolpack, Published January 24 2009

College wrestling: Northern Colorado edges NDSU

FARGO – North Dakota State was on its way to a dual wrestling win over Northern Colorado Saturday night. There were even the occasional claps of it’s-almost-over in the Bison Sports Arena from the home fans.

Then came shock-and-awe in a matter of a few seconds.

“I caught him on his back,” said UNC’s Ryan Johnson.

With his team trailing 16-12 and his match late in overtime, Johnson stuck Kenny Moenkedick to give the Bears a dramatic 18-16 Western Wrestling Conference victory. The officials’ slap of the mat stunned the BSA crowd, with the exception of the UNC team bench.

“All I could hear were my teammates,” Johnson said.

Ironically, it was Johnson, a senior with just a 12-15 overall record, who ended UNC’s dual win last year.

“We had it won,” said NDSU head coach Bucky Maughan

For more, see tomorrow’s Forum.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com