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Eric Peterson, Published December 09 2012

No. 13-ranked Oregon State powers past Bison on the mat

FARGO – Roger Kish wanted to see more zip from his team Sunday at the Bison Sports Arena.

“We struggled getting excited for this dual and it showed on the mat,” said the North Dakota State head wrestling coach.

No. 13-ranked Oregon State won seven of 10 matches as it powered its way to a 26-11 dual victory against No. 22-ranked NDSU in nonconference Division I action.

“They came in and beat us up on our home turf,” said Bison junior Steven Monk. “That’s not like what we like to see.”

The Bison (2-3) have lost three consecutive duals, but two of those setbacks have come against highly ranked opponents.

“We’ve got to wrestle the best guys in the country and, ultimately, that is going to help us get better,” Kish said. “The year is still young, so we’ve got some time to keep fixing some of these mistakes and that’s the plan moving forward.”

Monk was one of the bright spots for the Bison, cruising to victory at 165 pounds. Monk, ranked No. 7 in his weight class, earned a technical fall in the second period against Oregon State sophomore Joe Latham, who is from Bismarck, N.D. Monk built a 16-0 lead to earn the victory.

“He’s got that mentality that he can get himself going for anybody at any time and that’s exciting about him,” Kish said.

Bison senior Trent Sprenkle, who is ranked No. 5, earned a 13-12 decision at 125 pounds to start the dual. Sprenkle led 10-2 early in the second period before Oregon State freshman Joey Palmer rallied to make the match close.

Palmer was awarded one point in the closing seconds of the third period after Sprenkle was called for stalling. That tied the score at 12-12, but Sprenkle won the match because he earned one point for his advantage in riding time.

Senior Mac Stoll earned the other Bison win. The 184-pounder from Dent, Minn., earned a 7-2 victory in his match.

“That’s a good team. They aren’t ranked 13th in the country for nothing,” Kish said. “I’m confident we will keep getting better as the season goes on.”

Monk thought Oregon State came out with more intensity than the Bison.

“They just came in tougher,” Monk said. “In some of those matches, we just got out-toughed.”

The Bison are scheduled to wrestle at 2 p.m. next Sunday at Iowa State.

“If we wrestle tough … there is no reason we can’t beat them,” Monk said.

125: Sprenkle, NDSU, dec. Palmer 13-12.

133: Van Anrooy, OSU, dec. Rodriguez 9-6.

141: Mangrum, OSU, dec. Erickson 17-5.

149: Sakaguchi, OSU, pinned Garner 4:07.

157: Pena, OSU, major dec. Zillmer 12-2.

165: Monk, NDSU, tech. fall Latham 16-0 (3:55).

174: Weishoff, OSU, dec. Julson 4-0.

184: Stoll, NDSU, dec. Vinson 7-2.

197: Meeks, OSU, dec. Kleinschmidt 14-9.

285: Hanke, OSU, dec. Knutson 10-4.

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