Forum staff reports , Published March 22 2014
Dramatic pin gives NDSU's Monk third place at Division I wrestling championships
The North Dakota State senior pinned Nicholas Sulzer of Virginia in the third period to take third place at 165 pounds at the NCAA Division I championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Monk (36-2) trailed 6-2 entering the final period before he pinned Sulzer, who was the No. 3 seed.
“I knew it was my last match. If I was going to go down, I was going to go down fighting,” said Monk, who was the No. 4 seed. “It was a great way to cap off my career.”
Monk finished his career with 134 career victories to rank second in Bison history behind Mike Langlais (1980-84), who had 151 wins.
Monk is NDSU’s second All-American in the school’s Division I era. Trent Sprenkle earned All-American status at 125 pounds last season.
Monk finishing third is the highest Division I placing in the history of the program.
“I wanted to end my career on a win, and that’s what I did,” said Monk, who had a 5-1 record at the D-I championships.
Monk won a 5-3 decision against Turtogtokh Luvsandork of The Citadel on Saturday to reach the third-place match.
Monk advanced to Friday’s semifinals before he lost a 13-5 major decision against No. 1 seed David Taylor from Penn State.
Monk rebounded with two wins Saturday to take third place, completing his career with a 134-25 overall record.
“It’s a great feeling,” Monk said. “I didn’t win a national title, but to come back and get third place was great.”
After he secured the win against Sulzer, Monk popped to his feet on the mate and celebrated the moment.
“I was just looking all around and taking in the whole atmosphere,” Monk said.
West Fargo’s Schiller places 3rd for Gophers
University of Minnesota junior Scott Schiller took third place at 197 pounds at the Division I Wrestling Championships.
Schiller, a former West Fargo High School standout, earned a 9-6 decision against Iowa State junior Kyven Gadson in the third-place match.
Schiller (34-5) was a No. 4 seed in the tournament.