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Glenn Pursley, Published February 03 2013

Loss at heavyweight dooms NDSU in dual against Northern Iowa

FARGO – Northern Iowa enjoys seeing North Dakota State on its schedule.

The No. 20-ranked Panthers won six of 10 matches to top No. 25 North Dakota State 21-15 in college wrestling Sunday at the Bison Sports Arena and in the process extended their winning streak against the Bison to 13 duals.

Trailing by three points heading into the heavyweight match, Bison sophomore Evan Knutson went up against UNI senior Blayne Beale with the match on the line.

The two wore each other out in the first period, with no points being scored.

Knutson managed to earn one point for an escape and end the second period with a 1-0 lead.

A strong third-period surge from Beale resulted in a two-point takedown and a one-point escape. He would hold off the rest of the match, and with the riding-time advantage, beat Knutson by a decision of

4-1 and ultimately win the match for Northern Iowa.

“We had a couple of matches we knew we were going to do well in, and the other handful of matches we knew were going be hard fought, close matches,” Bison head coach Roger Kish said. “If we were going to win this dual, we had to come out on top in those toss-up matches and today we didn’t.”

One highlight for the Bison was at the 165-pound weight class. No. 6 Steven Monk claimed a 14-1 major decision over Jarrett Jensen to keep his dual meet record unblemished at 15-0. He lost last season to David Bonin of UNI.

“I thought for the most part we went out and battled,” Monk said. “We knew it was going to be a close dual going into the match and it was going to be the little things that mattered. And they happened to win that battle.”

Trent Sprenkle started the dual for the Bison with an 11-2 major decision victory over Ryan Jauch. The Bison gave up the next four matches to trail the Panthers 14-4.

Monk’s win over Jensen was the spark the Bison needed.

Both wrestlers got a feel for the match in the first period until Monk earned a two-point takedown with 15 seconds left.

Monk overpowered his opponent the last two periods, picking up two more takedowns and a 3-point near-fall.

The Bison won three of their last four matches before the heavyweight bout.

Bison sophomore Kurtis Julson earned a 3-2 decision against Cody Caldwell and senior Kallen Kleinschmidt wrestled hard through three periods to pick up a 12-3 major decision over Taylor Kettmann.

“Watching Julson win a close one like that really jacks us up,” Kleinschmidt said. “It gets the crowd into it and it’s easy to get your energy level up for the match.”

106: Sprenkle, NDSU, maj. dec. Jauch 11-2

133: Wolfensperger, UNI, dec. Rodriguez 8-2

141: Lazor, UNI, maj. dec. Erickson 10-0

149: Welter, UNI, dec. Garner 9-6

157: Bonin, UNI, maj. dec. Carlisle 14-1

165: Monk, NDSU, maj. dec. Jensen 14-1

174: Julson, NDSU, dec. Caldwell 3-2

184: Loder, UNI, maj. dec. Stoll 10-0

197: Kleinschmidt, NDSU, maj. dec. Kettman 12-3

Hwt: Beale, UNI, dec. Knutson 4-1

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