Wrestling falls to NDSU, drops third straight dual meet

Freshman Matt Stencel wrestles against Freshman Christian Rebottaro during match against Michigan State University on Nov. 17 in McGuirk Arena.

After dropping a competitive dual with No. 17 South Dakota State Friday night, No. 18 Central Michigan wrestling finished off their weekend road trip with a 19-16 loss to North Dakota State on Sunday.

CMU (1-3) won four out of 10 individual matches. This is the third straight dual loss for the Chippewas, all coming on the road with two against ranked opponents.

The dual kicked off with a battle at 125 pounds displaying two redshirt freshmen; Drew Hildebrandt against the Bison’s Paul Bianchi. Bianchi would score two takedowns and accumulate 3:44 of riding time to win 5-1.

Dresden Simon fell to Cam Sykora 11-5 at 133 pounds. Simon held a 2-0 lead after the first period, but Sykora earned a takedown and a four-point near fall in the second. Sykora aslo earned 2:06 of riding time.

Trailing the dual 6-0, No. 20 Mason Smith came up with pin fall victory over Sam Hampton 1:18 into the second period. Smith earned a takedown within the first 45 seconds in the battle at 141.

No. 3 Justin Oliver (149) scored an 8-6 victory over redshirt senior Kyle Giva. Oliver carried a 7-0 lead until Giva scored a takedown and a four-point near fall. Oliver earned 2:45 of riding time.

Freshman Blake Montrie filled the spot of injured Colin Heffernan at 157 once again — clashing with No. 15 Clayton Ream. Montrie was tied with the redshirt senior going into the third period, but Ream scored an escape and two takedowns in the last two minutes to win 6-1 after winning a riding time point, tying the dual 9-9 going into the break.

Sophomore’s collided after the brief break with Logan Parks facing No. 16 Andrew Fogarty at 165. After a strong second period Parks carried a 5-3 lead going into the third. Fogarty would score an escape, a takedown, and a two-point near fall with 1:09 riding time to knock off Parks 9-5.

Trailing 12-9, No. 15 CJ Brucki earned a 13-4 major decision over Charley Popp at 174 pounds. Brucki scored three takedowns, two escapes, a four-point near fall and accumulated 1:43 of riding time over the redshirt junior.

No. 14 Jordan Ellingwood (184) kept momentum rolling with a 4-0 victory over Cole Witzig. Ellingwood scored a takedown and an escape while earning 2:23 of riding time against the redshirt freshman.

Redshirt freshman Landon Pelham got the nod at 197 pounds, facing off against redshirt sophomore Cordell Eaton. Pehlam’s dual debut would be spoiled, falling 13-5.

With the score tied 16-16 and only one match remained. The final matchup featured CMU’s redshirt freshman Matt Stencel against NDSU’s redshirt sophomore Dan Stibral in the clash of heavyweights. 

Stibral would score a second period takedown and an escape in the third to knock off Stencel 3-1 and knock off CMU 19-16.

The Chippewas return to start Mid-American Conference action against Northern Illinois in DeKalb at 8 p.m. on Dec. 16.