The No. 20 North Dakota State wrestling team won its opening match of the EAS/NWCA National Duals against No. 19 Chattanooga 28-10 and fell in its second match to the No.1-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers 35-3, Sunday, Feb. 16, at St. John Arena.
In the first dual of the day, redshirt freshman Hunter Weber got the Bison an early 6-0 lead over the Mocs by getting a pin with 2 seconds left in the first period at 125 pounds.
NDSU senior Justin LaValle and third-ranked Steven Monk earned victories over ranked opponents for the Bison against Chattanooga.
LaValle scored two points late in the third period at 133 pounds to force overtime at 4-4 and then made a takedown in the first sudden victory period for the win over No. 11/12 Nick Soto, while Monk earned a 4-0 decision over No. 12/9 Corey Mock.
Tyler Lehmann earned his eighth pin in the nine duals he'd competed for NDSU this season, getting a fall at the 1:16 mark of the first period over Chattanooga's Scottie Boykin.
Bison senior Tyler Diamond won his fifth straight match with a 9-5 decision at 149 pounds, No. 11 Hayden Zillmer picked up his 10th win out of his last 11 matches with an 11-3 major decision at 174 pounds and No. 23 Kurtis Julson earned his sixth consecutive victory with a 6-2 decision at 184 pounds.
In the quarterfinals, the first-ranked Golden Gophers took control of the dual by winning the first five matches.
The Bison faced eight Top 10-rated wrestlers, with Monk earning the only points for NDSU by getting an 8-5 decision at 165 pounds. With the victory, Monk won his 19th straight match of the season.
NDSU (10-5) continues action at the National Duals in Consolation Round 2 at 10 a.m. (CT) Monday, Feb. 17, against the No.25-ranked Oregon State Beavers. The Bison and Beavers met once previously this year, with NDSU picking up a 19-17 non-conference victory on Jan. 19, in Corvallis, Ore.
NDSU 28, Chattanooga 10
125: Hunter Weber (NDSU) won by pin over Byron Smith (Chattanooga), 2:58
133: Justin LaValle (NDSU) won decision over No. 11/12 Nick Soto (Chattanooga), 6-4 (SV1)
141: Mike Pongracz (Chattanooga) won by decision over Clay Cathey (NDSU), 4-3
149: Tyler Diamond (NDSU) won by decision over Austin Sams (Chattanooga), 9-5
157: Alex Hudson (Chattanooga) won by major decision over Nick Olejnik, 12-2
165: No. 3 Steven Monk (NDSU) won decision over No. 12/9 Corey Mock, 4-0
174: No. 11 Hayden Zillmer (NDSU) won by major decision over Levi Clemons (Chattanooga), 11-3
184: No. 23 Kurtis Julson (NDSU) won by decision over John Lampe (Chattanooga), 6-2
197: No. 27 Tyler Lehmann (NDSU) won by pin over Scottie Boykin (Chattanooga), 1:16
285: Dawson Peck (Chattanooga) won by decision over No. 26 Evan Knutson (NDSU), 8-2
Minnesota 35, NDSU 3
125: Samuel Brancale (Minnesota) won by major decision over Hunter Weber, (NDSU), 10-1
133: No. 8 David Thorn (Minnesota) won by pin over Justin LaValle (NDSU), 3:34
141: No. 5 Christopher Dardanes (Minnesota) won by decision over Clay Cathey (NDSU), 6-1
149: No. 3 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) won by decision over Tyler Diamond (NDSU), 4-2
157: No. 5 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) won by pin over Nick Olejnik (NDSU), 4:14
165: No. 3 Steven Monk (NDSU) won decision over Daniel Zilverberg (Minnesota), 8-5
174: No. 6 Logan Storley (Minnesota) won by decision over No. 11 Hayden Zillmer (NDSU), 9-3
184: No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) won by decision over No. 23 Kurtis Julson (NDSU), 6-0
197: No. 4 Scott Schiller (Minnesota) won by decision over No. 27 Tyler Lehmann (NDSU), 8-5
285: Michael Kroells (Minnesota) won by major decision over John Gusewelle (NDSU), 14-5