Sprenkle, Monk Lead Bison Over Utah Valley, 25-10
FARGO, N.D. ? No. 19 ranked Bison Trent Sprenkle upset No. 13 Ben Kjar and Steven Monk earned a key pin*as the North Dakota State wrestling team defeated Utah Valley, 25-10, in front of 291 fans at the Bison Sports Arena on Saturday, Feb. 19.* NDSU finishes the regular season 10-4 overall and 3-3 in the Western Wrestling Conference.* Utah Valley falls to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the WWC.
Sprenkle?s win capped off a string of four straight Bison wins to start the night.
In the home finale of his career, senior Kenny Moenkedick got the match off to a strong start at 184 pounds, winning a 6-3 decision over Casen Eldredge.* Moenkedick notched two takedowns in the win, his 26th of the season.
At 197 pounds, junior Drew Ross used a takedown and two-point near fall in the first period to claim a 5-1 decision over Trevor Rupp.* Sophomore Will Johnson won his first dual of the season at heavyweight, defeating Christian Denny, 6-5.* Johnson?s takedown 20 seconds into the third period clinched the win.
Sprenkle matched up with Kjar in the next bout at 125 pounds.* After a slow start, Sprenkle got the scoring started with a takedown with six seconds remaining in the first period.* He then notched an escape and a takedown in the second period to push his lead to 5-0.* Kjar scored a reversal and a takedown in the final period, but Sprenkle?s strong start could not be overcome.* Sprenkle earned a bonus point for riding time for the final 8-4 margin.
At 133 pounds, No. 13 Flint Ray jumped out to a 6-2 lead and then tallied a takedown and three-point near fall at the buzzer to earn a 12-3 major decision win over junior Justin Solberg.
Utah Valley claimed the next two bouts at 141 pounds and 149 pounds as well.* Justin Morrill defeated senior Geoff Martin at 141 pounds, 7-1, while Josh Wilson won a 7-3 decision over Mark Erickson at 149 pounds.
At 157 pounds, No. 18 Vince Salminen halted the Utah Valley run with a 9-1 major decision over Richard Winger to give the Bison a 16-10 lead.* Salminen tallied two takedowns and a three-point near fall in the win.
Monk clinched the win for the Bison with a pin of Jeb Clark in 1 minute 38 seconds at 165 pounds.* Monk earned a takedown and had Clark on his back for the next 10 seconds before sticking him with 1:22 to go in the period.
Sophomore Tyler Wells capped the day with a 3-2 decision over Brad Darrington at 174 pounds. Wells? escape to open the third period proved to be the clinching point.
The Bison now have a week off before traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the NCAA West Regional Sunday, March 6.
Team Score: North Dakota State 25, Utah Valley 10
184 ? Kenny Moenkedick (NDSU) dec. Casen Eldredge (UVU), 6-3
197 ? Drew Ross (NDSU) dec. Trevor Rupp (UVU), 5-1
285 ? Will Johnson (NDSU) dec. Christian Denny (UVU), 6-5
125 ? No. 19 Trent Sprenkle (NDSU) dec. No. 13 Ben Kjar (UVU), 8-4
133 ? No. 13 Flint Ray (UVU) maj. dec. Justin Solberg (NDSU), 12-4
141 ? Justin Morrill (UVU) dec. Geoff Martin (NDSU), 7-1
149 ? Josh Wilson (UVU) dec. Mark Erickson (NDSU), 7-3
157 ? No. 18 Vince Salminen (NDSU) maj. dec. Richard Winger (UVU), 9-1
165 ? Steven Monk (NDSU) fall Jeb Clark (UVU), 1:38
174 ? Tyler Wells (NDSU) dec. Brad Darrington (UVU), 3-2
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