Bears pin three to win second straight dual
The University of Northern Colorado wrestling team, currently ranked 17th in the nation, won their second straight dual with a victory over Adams State Wednesday night in Alamosa, Colo. The Bears started slowly, but once they got going, they handled the Grizzlies 27-17.
Starting the dual at 133 pounds, UNC's Cole Hansen lost a 22-7 technical fall to Jimmy Melek of Adams. Ronnie Stafford, who climbed into the national rankings at number seven this week, continued his winning ways at 141 pounds defeating the number-five ranked wrestler, Shane Barnes, with a 5-3 decision bringing the Bears within two points, 5-3.
Both teams continued to hang close together alternating victories including a pin by UNC's Jared Deaguero at 165-pounds. Finally, Cole Allison (184 lbs.) pinned Jeff Roseberry just 32 seconds into the match and broke open the scores 18-11. Jason McMillan (ranked 8th in the nation) followed with another pin in the 197-pound match up at just 1:36. UNC's Tony Shunke earned a victory at the heavyweight spot, and the Bears were up a safe 27-17. They dropped the last match as 125-pound Melvin Oliveros was pinned at 5:30 by Brian Pitts (8th in the nation).
The Bears, now 3-7 overall, will host #2 North Dakota State University on Saturday at 2 p.m.
125 #8 Brian Pitts (ASC) def. Melvin Oliveros (UNC), Fall (5:30)
133 Jimmy Melek (ASC) def. Cole Hansen (UNC), T-Fall (22-7, 7:00)
141 Ronnie Stafford (UNC) dec. #5 Shane Barnes (ASC), 5-3
149 Simon Hoepfner (UNC) dec. Andy Messersmith (ASC), 7-5
157 #3 Travis Koppenhafer (ASC) def. #7 Brody Olson (UNC), 8-6 (SV)
174 Sion King (ASC) dec. Brian Hufford (UNC), 7-5 (SV)
184 Cole Allison (UNC) def. Jesse Roseberry (ASC), Fall (0:32)
197 #8 Jason McMillan (UNC) def. Eden Gervaise (ASC), Fall (1:36)
Hwt. Tony Schunke (UNC) dec. Heath Soderstrom (ASC), 10-3