No. 1-Ranked NDSU Turns Away UNC, 37-3
GREELEY, Colo. --The University of Northern Colorado wrestling ran into a team on a mission Sunday in Butler-Hancock Hall. The Bears suffered a 37-3 loss to No. 1-ranked (NCAA Division II) North Dakota State.
The match featured the 17th meeting between father and son, Bucky and Jack Maughan, on the sidelines. Bucky got the best of Jack again and improved his record against his son to 16-0-1.
NDSU, which is in its final season of Division II wrestling and making the move to Division I, jumped out to a 31-0 lead and cruised to the victory.
The Bison got it going early with a three straight pins to begin the dual. Mike Fiedler (165 lbs.) pinned Matt Archbold at 4:00 in the second period. Thad Pike (174 lbs.) notched a first period pin over UNC's Alex Joseph at 1:29. NDSU's Matt Hermann (184 lbs.) put Nathan Kimberlin on his back at 5:46 of their match.
The Bears' Kyle LeValley put UNC on the scoreboard at 141 pounds with a 5-1 decision over NDSU's Mathias Bitz. LeValley improved to 12-10 on the season with the victory.
UNC's Dustin Uhland tried to feed off of LeValley's victory at 149 pounds, but could not hold off NDSU's Zach Stevens. Stevens scored a takedown with only two seconds left in the third period to force the match into overtime. The duo then battled for the victory in overtime and each wrestler put on a scrambling exhibition. However, Stevens was able to earn the win with a takedown with only 11 seconds left in the extra session.
The Bears day is not complete and the squad will take on Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m. tonight in Butler-Hancock Hall. Cal State Fullerton wrestled at Wyoming at 1 p.m. earlier today.