Forum staff reports, Published March 22 2013
NDSU's Sprenkle clinches All-American statusDES MOINES, Iowa – North Dakota State senior wrestler Trent Sprenkle is an NCAA Division I All-American.
Sprenkle clinched that status by defeating two-time defending national champion Matt McDonough of Iowa at 125 pounds in the NCAA wrestling championships Friday.
Sprenkle will be the school’s first All-American wrestler since NDSU moved to Division I.
Sprenkle went 4-0 in consolation play Friday. He will wrestle today and is guaranteed to finish no worse than sixth place. The top eight are on the All-America team.
Sprenkle defeated McDonough in a 3-1 decision in overtime.
“Trent stood toe-to-toe with arguably one of the best 125 pounds to ever come out of Division I wrestling,” said NDSU head coach Roger Kish of Sprenkle’s win over McDonough. “He was able to hang in there until the end and capitalize on a mistake.”
Sprenkle is NDSU’s seventh Division I placewinner, though the previous ones had achieved the feat while NDSU was at Division II. Division II schools used to have wrestlers competing against Division I athletes in the national championships.
“So many people have been so supportive – coaches, my family, my wife and girls,” said Sprenkle, who has two daughters. “They’ve been there, and it’s been harder on them than it has been on me. For them to see their hard work and my hard work pay off, it’s great. I owe so much to them.”
Sprenkle will take on No. 1 seed Alan Waters of Missouri in the consolation semifinals at 10 a.m. today.
NDSU’s fifth-seeded junior Steven Monk lost to No. 7 seed Conrad Polz of Illinois at 165 pounds by a 5-3 decision. Monk was one win shy of All-America honors.