Bison pick up pair of dual wins at Virginia Duals

HAMPTON, Va. (NDSU Athletics) -- North Dakota State University won five of the first six matches and seven overall to defeat No. 24-ranked University of Virginia 27-13 and bounced The Citadel 36-9 to take the York River Pool at the 37th annual Virginia Duals on Friday, Jan. 13, in Hampton Coliseum.

NDSU won its ninth straight dual to improve to 10-1 overall and advance into the Virginia Duals Gold Division semifinal against No. 5-ranked Virginia Tech (9-1) at 1 p.m. Central Time on Saturday, Jan. 14. The Bison will close out the duals at 7:30 p.m. CT against either No. 15 Oklahoma (4-3) or No. 19 Arizona State (5-1).

North Dakota State used a fast start in both duals Friday including the second against Virginia (6-3). That’s where No. 4-ranked 125-pound Josh Rodriguez recorded a takedown in each period to defeat No. 7 Jack Mueller 7-2. It was the second win over a ranked opponent this season for Rodriguez, who improved to 14-0 overall and 11-0 in duals.

NDSU 133 Cam Sykora overcame an early 2-0 deficit to earn a 7-2 decision over Virginia’s Will Mason. Sykora kept the top position for the entire second period, and picked up an escape, takedown and had 3:08 of riding time to secure the win.

Virginia tied the dual at 6-all with No. 7-ranked 141-pounder George DiCamillo’s fall at 2:41 over freshman Taylor Nein.

North Dakota State grinded out a pair of victories over the next two weight class. Bison 149 Mitch Friedman recorded a takedown with 35-seconds remaining in the third and picked up 1:05 of riding time for a 6-4 win over Sam Krivus. Friedman improved to 11-6 overall and 5-3 in duals.

Then NDSU’s No. 19-ranked 157 Clay Ream recorded a takedown with 1:34 left in third period and racked up 1:59 of riding time to edge No. 8 Andrew Atkinson 5-4. Ream is now 14-3 overall, 9-1 in duals. Andrew Fogarty received a medical forfeit at 165 pounds and extended the Bison advantage to 18-6

Virginia made things interesting and cut the deficit to 18-13. Garrett Peppelman notched a 12-2 major decision over Dylan Urbach at 174, while Will Schany outlasted NDSU’s Tyler McNutt 5-4 at 184.

North Dakota State 197-pounder Cordell Eaton did all of his scoring in the third period with an escape and a pair of takedowns in the 5-2 decision over Chance McClure. At 285 pounds, NDSU redshirt freshman Dan Stibral provided an exclamation point with a fall at 1:23 for his first collegiate dual win.

NDSU opened and closed with pins, and had three straight tech falls during one stretch in the 36-9 win over The Citadel.

Back-to-back pins from 125 Rodriguez and 133 Sykora at 1:24 and 1:37, respectively, put North Dakota State ahead 12-0. Nein produced an 8-2 decision over Douglas Gudenburr extended the lead to 15-0.

The Citadel (1-4) bounced back with wins from Tyler Buckiso and Aaron Walker at 149 and 157.

However, the Bison responded with three straight tech falls from 165 Fogarty, 174 Urbach and 184 McNutt. Sawyer Root edged Eaton for a 7-5 sudden victory-1 overtime at 197, but NDSU 285 Ben Tynan closed the match with his third straight pin and fifth overall at 3:52 over Joseph Bexley.

North Dakota State 36, The Citadel 9
37th annual Virginia Duals / York River Pool
Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Va.
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
125 -- #4 Josh Rodriguez (NDSU) fall Charles Kearney (The Citadel), Fall 1:24
133 -- Cam Sykora (NDSU) won by fall Andrew Szalwinski (The Citadel), Fall 1:37
141 -- Taylor Nein (NDSU) dec Douglas Gudenburr (The Citadel), 8-2
149 -- Tyler Buckiso (The Citadel) dec Mitch Friedman (NDSU), 5-4
157 -- Aaron Walker (The Citadel) dec Kyle Gliva (NDSU) Dec 7-2
165 -- Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) tech fall Ruston Hill II (The Citadel), TF 17-0
174 -- Dylan Urbach (NDSU) tech fall Martin Duane (The Citadel), TF 16-0
184 -- Tyler McNutt (NDSU) tech fall Chandler Sambets (The Citadel), TF 16-0
197 -- Sawyer Root (The Citadel) sudden victory-1 Cordell Eaton (NDSU), SV-1 7-5
285 -- Ben Tynan (NDSU) fall Joseph Bexley (The Citadel), Fall 3:52

North Dakota State 27, #24 Virginia 13
37th annual Virginia Duals / York River Pool
Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Va.
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
125 -- #4 Josh Rodriguez (NDSU) dec #7 Jack Mueller (Virginia), 7-2
133 -- Cam Sykora (NDSU) dec William Mason (Virginia), 7-2
141 -- #7 George DiCamillo (Virginia) fall Taylor Nein (NDSU), Fall 2:41
149 -- Mitch Friedman (NDSU) dec Samuel Krivus (Virginia), 6-4
157 -- #19 Clay Ream (North Dakota State) dec #8 Andrew Atkinson (Virginia), 5-4
165 -- Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) medical forfeit Cameron Harrell (Virginia), MFF
174 -- Garrett Peppelman (Virginia) major dec Dylan Urbach (NDSU), MD 12-2
184 -- Will Schany (Virginia) dec Tyler McNutt (NDSU), 5-4
197 -- Cordell Eaton (NDSU) dec Chance McClure (Virginia), 5-2
285 -- Dan Stibral (NDSU) fall Chuck Boddy (Virginia), Fall 1:23

Bison 10-1 overall, 2-1 Big 12 – Wins Virginia Duals York River Pool
The Citadel 1-4 overall, 0-0 SoCon
#24 Virginia 6-3 overall, 0-0 ACC