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Forum staff reports, Published December 30 2012

Monk, Sprenkle help NDSU to ninth place at Midlands

EVANSTON, Ill. – North Dakota State junior Steven Monk and senior Trent Sprenkle each earned top five finishes at the Midlands wrestling championships on Sunday and helped the Bison to a ninth-place team finish.

Monk finished fourth at 165 pounds and Sprenkle took fifth at 125 pounds for NDSU. Redshirt freshman Hayden Zillmer placed eighth at 157 pounds.

NDSU finished with 57 team points at the tournament that included 34 Division I schools.

The Bison finished in front of seven schools currently ranked in the national coaches poll including No. 13 Pittsburgh, No. 17 Nebraska, No. 18 (tied) Edinboro, No. 18 (tied) Maryland, No. 21 Purdue, No. 22 Penn State and No. 23 Wisconsin.

Sprenkle was 5-2 at the championships. Monk finished 4-2.