The North Dakota State University wrestling team registered two pins and two technical falls to cruise to a 32-12 victory over South Dakota State in Western Wrestling Conference action on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Bison Sports Arena.
NDSU (11-7, 4-1 WWC) tied Wyoming atop the final league standings with the victory, but the Cowboys will claim the regular season title via head-to-head tiebreaker after their 17-16 win at NDSU on Friday.
NDSU senior Tyler Diamond opened the dual with an 11-5 decision over No. 33 Alex Kocer at 149 pounds, and after a pin by the Jackrabbits at 157, Steven Monk and Hayden Zillmer registered consecutive technical falls to give the Bison a 13-6 lead. Junior Kurtis Julson notched a 13-3 major decision at 184 pounds for NDSU.
Bison redshirt freshman 197-pounder Tyler Lehmann and junior heavyweight Evan Knutson recorded back-to-back pins to turn a 17-6 NDSU lead into a 29-6 advantage, sealing the dual victory.
Senior Justin LaValle won by 3-1 decision over SDSU's Brance Simms at 133 pounds, making it a perfect 3-0 mark for the NDSU seniors on Senior Day.
SDSU (6-8, 3-2 WWC) won three matches, including a pin by No. 16-ranked Cody Pack at 157 pounds. The Jackrabbits also earned decisions at 125 and 141 pounds. A dual victory on Sunday would have given SDSU its first Western Wrestling Conference regular season title.
The dual was the final wrestling competition held in the Bison Sports Arena, which will be renovated starting this spring.
NDSU will have one weekend off from competition before traveling to the NCAA West Regional in Orem, Utah, on Mar. 8.
North Dakota State 32, South Dakota State 12
149: Tyler Diamond (NDSU) dec. Alex Kocer (SDSU), 11-5.
157: Cody Pack (SDSU) pinned Tanner Carlisle (NDSU), 2:07.
165: Steven Monk (NDSU) tech. fall Joseph Brewster (SDSU), 7:00, 17-2.
174: Hayden Zillmer (NDSU) tech. fall John Nething II (SDSU), 5:46, 16-0.
184: Kurtis Julson (NDSU) maj. dec. Brady Ayers (SDSU), 13-3.
197: Tyler Lehmann (NDSU) pinned Trey Hable (SDSU), 3:30.
285: Evan Knutson (NDSU) pinned J.J. Everard (SDSU), 4:06.
125: Ben Gillette (SDSU) dec. Hunter Weber (NDSU), 6-4.
133: Justin LaValle (NDSU) dec. Brance Simms (SDSU), 3-1.
141: Eric Orozco (SDSU) dec. Clay Cathey (NDSU), 3-1. (SV1)