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Jeff Kolpack, Published January 19 2010

NDSU Notebook: Bison still on a high after Boise upset

In the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, the North Dakota State wrestling team reached a peak the program had not seen. The Bison knocked off a top 10 NCAA Division I team.

Boise State, ranked sixth in the latest coaches poll, left Bozeman, Mont., stunned in the wake of a 25-22 loss to the Bison last Friday. How unexpected? NDSU went into the match with a 3-4 record.

“It’s going to get us some national attention I think,” said head coach Bucky Maughan. “It was unexpected to them and also unexpected to us. But we really wrestled well.”

They wrestled well in front of a large crowd at Montana State’s Worthington Arena and got more love than Vince Salminen, the only native Montana starter on the Bison. He pinned Brad Muri and NDSU quickly became the fan favorite.

“The whole crowd was on our side from there on,” Maughan said.

The Broncos scheduled the match in Bozeman in an effort to spur recruiting in the area and to lobby for the return of Division I wrestling in the state. Bozeman hosted a large high school invitational tournament over the weekend making for a nice package – for NDSU.

Boise was missing a couple of key starters because of injury, Maughan said.

“For some reason, we out-shaped them,” Maughan said. “We were having problems until the third period and in the third period we owned them.”

The Bison, who haven’t wrestled at home since Dec. 13, continue their road ways this weekend on the East Coast with duals at Boston University and Sacred Heart (Conn.).

“It’s been hectic,” Maughan said. “It’s four weeks on the road, but the kids will only miss three days of school. As much as we’ve been gone, it hasn’t’ been a hardship on the guys in that respect.

Bison junior gets school record in high jump

The decision for the Bison track and field coaches with the high jump came down to this dilemma: should Jeramy Geditz go for the Division I automatic-qualifier height or set the bar higher and gun for the school record?

He got both. The junior set a school record with a leap of 7 feet, 1½ inches at the Bison Classic over the weekend.

“It was a tough decision,” said NDSU head coach Don Larson. “It was a weird thing, There were some really good jumpers in the field but the other kids just didn’t jump well for whatever reason. A lot of times in the high jump you get the competition going back and forth but everybody was out by the time he had come in.”

The Bison also got a top-10 school performance from sprinter Kevin Jackson in the 60 meters at 6.85 seconds, which ties him for ninth on the NDSU all-time list. Jackson is also a defensive back on the football team.

“We had a decent start but we have to look at it with guarded optimism,” Larson said of his team. “A lot of crazy things can happen.”

Etc. etc. etc.

On the women’s side also at the Bison Classic, freshman Toni Tollefson cleared 5-10 in the high jump to reach the NCAA provisional mark and junior Whitney Carlson won three events including a 60-meter time of 7.71 seconds, which ties her own mark for second place on the NDSU all-time list. … NDSU junior Abby Stratton (3.69 grade point average, nursing) was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-Region second team and Bison junior Quin Ryan (3.89, economics and criminal justice) was named to the third team.

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