ABERDEEN, SD (NSUWolves.com) – Northern State (1-0) dominated Saint John’s University (0-1) in the first dual of the season for both teams. Northern comfortably out matched Saint John’s from beginning to end, finishing the night with a score of 42-3.
After a close loss to start the dual, the Wolves bounced back with two convincing victories and the Wolves didn’t look back. The dual featured ten bouts in total, nine of which went down as wins for Northern.
The dual began at 174 where NSU junior Jake Flakus matched up against sophomore Jacob Scherber from SJU. The match started off well for Flakus after a quick reversal, but Scherber closed it out in the third period for the 6-3 decision in favor of SJU.
Northern responded decisively in the very next matchup at 184 between NSU junior Marcus Placide and SJU freshman Lincoln Shinn. After two takedowns, Placide got the victory by fall with 21 seconds left in the first period, giving Northern the 6-3 lead.
Junior Diego Gallegos kept things rolling for NSU at 197, using two takedowns in the third period to get the 8-4 decision over Dominic Skawiniak.
At 285 sophomore Caleb Lefferdink got a convincing 8-1 decision over SJU’s Mason Nibbe to give NSU a comfortable 12-3 lead going into the intermission.
Following the break, a Forfeit by SJU against freshman Dane Christopherson at 125 gave Northern a 18-3 lead.
Robert Coyle III expanded upon Northern’s lead at 133 with the closest match-up of the dual. After a back a forth battle with senior Anthony Hennen, it was tied up at 6-6 as the final seconds ticked by in the third period. Coyle managed the 7-6 decision thanks to his point of riding time, giving Northern a 21-3 lead.
After another forfeit by the Johnnies at 141, Caden Moore matched up against SJU’s Carter Entinger at 149 in one of Northern’s most dominant matchs of the night. Moore managed four takedowns in three periods, giving NSU a 31-3 lead and their only major decision of the dual.
At 157 Garret Thompson continued Northern’s dominant performance with a quick victory by fall over SJU’s Julian Mares just 44 seconds into the match. Thompson led 6-1 in the match prior to the pin.
NSU’s Walker Carr finished the night strong with a 17-0 technical fall over Logan Edwards at 165, making the final score 42-3 in favor of NSU.
On the night, NSU managed two victories by fall, one technical fall, one major decision, and three decisions.
This was Northern’s first dual of the season, giving them a 1-0 record to start things off and moving them to 4-1 all-time versus Saint John’s University.
Up next the Wolves travel to Mitchell, S.D. to compete in the DWU Open on November 9. Wrestling will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the DWU/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex