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Tom Mix, Published December 14 2013

No. 17 Iowa State tops NDSU in wrestling dual

FARGO – North Dakota State knew it had its hands full with No. 17 Iowa State in town for a wrestling dual.

The Bison threw plenty the Cyclones’ way Saturday at the Bison Sports Arena, but ultimately Iowa State hung on for a 22-13 victory.

“It was a competitive dual,” North Dakota State head coach Roger Kish said. “Each match was competitive in its own way. That’s a tough program to wrestle. Iowa State puts a lot of talent on the mat. We competed well and it was a learning experience for us.”

Sophomore Earl Hall, ranked No. 14 in the country at 125-pounds, opened the dual with a 5-3 decision over NDSU redshirt freshman Hunter Weber.

The Bison answered with an 8-3 decision at 133 pounds scored by senior Justin LaValle.

“I think coach Kish is doing a great job building his program getting the right athletes and training them to compete for seven minutes,” Iowa State head coach Kevin Jackson said. “We were happy to come up and have the opportunity to wrestle in this arena. Obviously it was a very competitive dual.”

The weight classes that were most competitive were 165 and 174 pounds. Both matches featured nationally ranked wrestlers squaring off.

The Bison (2-3) entered the 165 match down 10-6 and looked to No. 4-ranked senior Steven Monk to pick up points.

Monk locked up with No. 5-ranked Michael Moreno and entered the third period down 2-1 after video review awarded Moreno a two-point near fall.

With one minute left, Monk scored a takedown and followed with a three-point near fall to put NDSU within one point of the Cyclones (6-1).

“We’ve wrestled Michael Moreno before and we got a big win against him last year at about this time,” Kish said. “We knew he was going to come in and wrestle hard. They were going to game plan to wrestle Monk to a good match and they did. When it came down to the third period, Steven knew he had to score some points. He was urgent about it and he did just that.”

At 174, No. 12-ranked Tanner Weatherman was matched up against NDSU’s No. 14-ranked sophomore Hayden Zillmer.

The pair needed two sudden victory overtime periods to decide a victory, which went to Weatherman after he scored a takedown.

Weatherman’s win put Iowa State up 13-9 and started three straight wins for the Cyclones.

“I thought we left a couple matches on the table that I had we had a good chance at winning,” Jackson said. “I thought at 165 we had the match well in hand, but we ended up giving up five points in the third period. Tanner getting the win at 174 was the difference in the dual.”

Senior Tyler Diamond scored a 4-0 decision at 149 pounds and junior Evan Knutson picked up a 12-3 major decision at 285 pounds for the Bison.

125: Hall, IS, dec. Weber, 5-3

133: LaValle, NDSU, dec. Bauer, 8-3

141: G. Moreno, IS, major dec. Cathey, 12-2

149: Diamond, NDSU, dec. Goettl, 4-0

157: Molina, IS, dec. Olejnik, 8-4

165: Monk, NDSU, dec. M. Moreno, 6-2

174: Weatherman, IS, sudden victory dec. Zillmer, 7-5

184: Beard, IS, dec. Julson, 2-1

197: Gadson, IS, pin Castlebury, 1:35

285: Knutson, NDSU, major dec. Perna, 12-3

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