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Eric Peterson, Published February 19 2010

Maughan calls out Bison wrestlers after loss to SDSU

Bucky Maughan vowed a shakeup is looming after his team’s performance Thursday night at the Bison Sports Arena.

South Dakota State won the final three matches of the dual to rally for a 23-22 Western Wrestling Conference victory, stunning the Bison before an announced senior night crowd of 628 fans.

“They’ll be some personnel changes and we’re going to work them until they will love to get in a match,” Maughan said. “It will be like going on a picnic.”

The Jackrabbits (2-11-1, 1-5 WWC) snapped a five-dual losing streak and earned their first conference victory. SDSU hadn’t defeated the Bison since 1997.

The Jackrabbits only previous victory this season was against an NAIA team.

“The transition has been a little bit tougher on us than probably North Dakota State,” said SDSU head coach Jason Liles. “We haven’t had the year that we had hoped to have. … If we go out and beat the Bison, people will remember that. People in our neighborhood will remember that.”

The Bison (8-7, 2-3) have lost their last three duals. NDSU next wrestles at the NCAA Division I West Regional in Brookings, S.D.

“We lost to a team that shouldn’t even be on the mat with us,” Maughan said. “Our guys, the last two matches, have laid down. I take that as my responsibility as coach. We’ve got 12 days to make some changes and they better be drastic.”

NDSU appeared to be in control against the Jackrabbits, building a 22-10 lead after Bison freshman Mac Stoll earned a

15-5 major decision at 174 pounds.

However, the momentum shifted at 184. SDSU junior David Michaud pinned Bison junior Kenny Moenkedick at 2 minutes, 13 seconds.

Michaud (7-7 overall) had just one victory in duals prior to his win against Moenkedick.

“The turning point was Kenny Moenkedick getting caught,” Maughan said. “He was way better than that kid and he got pinned. And we didn’t get pins where we were way better than them.”

Michaud’s fall cut the Bison lead to 22-16 with two matches remaining in the dual. SDSU senior Tyler Sorenson scored a major at 197 to trim the Bison lead to 22-20.

At heavyweight, SDSU sophomore Kevin Kelly scored all his points in the third period to earn a 4-1 decision against Bison freshman Joe Arthur. Kelly was winless in six matches prior to Thursday.

“We had a couple guys quit right in the middle of the darn match, and you quit, you get beat,” Maughan said. “Our heavyweight never started.”

125: Pickrel, SDSU, major dec. Solberg 15-5.

133: Johnson, SDSU, forfeit.

141: Adams, NDSU, major dec. Walraven 16-5.

149: Patselov, NDSU, major dec. Hagar 16-6.

157: Salminen, NDSU, major dec. Flynn 14-2.

165: Johnson, NDSU, pinned Moe 4:42.

174: Stoll, NDSU, major dec. Wermersen 15-5.

184: Michaud, SDSU, pinned Moenkedick 2:13.

197: Sorenson, SDSU, major dec. Ross 15-4.

Hwt: Kelly, SDSU, dec. Arthur 4-1.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.