February 14, 2010

Wrestling Wins Second-Straight

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GREELEY, Colo. - For the second-straight home match, the Northern Colorado wrestling team won seven of 10 weight classes en route to a victory against a Western Wrestling Conference foe. On Sunday afternoon, the Bears defeated South Dakota State, 29-15 to improve to 2-3 in league action and 3-13 on the season.

"Any time you can get a win it's good for the team," said Head Coach Ben Cherrington. "With our schedule earlier in the season - we looked forward to these at home because we knew they would be competitive. I thought the team looked a little bit flat today, but we got a win."

The match started at 165 pounds, where freshman Kevin O'Brien won his third straight bout with a 10-0 major decision over Seth Moe. Brandon Kammerzell then posted a major decision of his own, winning 12-3 over Mark Wermersen to give the Bears an 8-0 advantage.

South Dakota State won the next two weight classes for a 12-8 lead.

Senior Justin Tuell, wrestling in his next-to-last home meet, won a 3-0 decision at heavyweight but the Jackrabbits answered as Aaron Pickrel won a 3-2 decision over Tony Mustari at 125 pounds to make the score 15-11.

Sophomore Brett Bahe tallied a pin in just 33 seconds for six team points and the Bears regained the lead for good. Bahe pinned Tyler Johnson at 133 pounds for his second-straight victory.

Senior Kenny Hashimoto won a 6-4 decision over Dustin Walraven, freshman Justin Gonzales won a 6-3 decision over Nick Hagar at 149 pounds and junior Justin Gaethje continued his dominance with a technical fall, 21-5 win in 4:10 over Nick Flynn to conclude the match.

The final home match and regular match of the season will be Wednesday as the Bears host Utah Valley at 7:00 p.m. in Butler-Hancock.

Northern Colorado 29, South Dakota State 15
February 14, 2010 | Greeley, Colo.
165 -Kevin O'Brien (NC) major Seth Moe, 10-0
174 - Brandon Kammerzell (NC) major Mark Wermersen , 12-3
184 -David Michaud (SDSU) fall Patrick Prentice, 1:21
197 - Tyler Sorenson (SDSU) wins by forfeit
285 - Justin Tuell (NC) dec Kevin Kelly, 3-0
125 - Aaron Pickrel (SDSU) dec Toni Mustari 3-2
133 -Brett Bahe (NC) fall Tyler Johnson, 0:33
141 -Kenny Hashimoto (NC) dec Dustin Walraven, 6-4
149 -Justin Gonzales (NC) dec Nick Hagar, 6-3
157 -Justin Gaethje (NC) tech fall Nick Flynn, 21-5 (4:10)