Wrestling falls to #5 Boise State, 25-9
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GREELEY, Colo. – The Northern Colorado wrestling team won three of 10 weight classes against fifth-ranked Boise State on Friday evening, but couldn't overcome the early deficit, falling 25-9.
Senior Rocco DePaolo won a 3-1 decision against Josh Strait at 157 pounds for the Bears first win when the team was trailing 15-0. After a scoreless first period, DePaolo chose down and escaped 12 seconds in for the 1-0 lead and the only point in the second period. DePaolo got a takedown 33 seconds into the final period and Strait managed an escape eight seconds later for the only scoring.
Fellow senior Eric Brennan also was victorious, winning a 6-1 decision at 184 pounds. Brennan had a takedown in the first period and an escape in the second stanza for the 3-0 lead entering the final two minutes. Randy Larson got his only point of the match with an escape at the 1:35 mark. One minute later, Brennan got another takedown and with riding time, won 6-1.
At 197 pounds, true freshman Nick Bayer won a 4-1 decision over Derek Toney. Again, there was no scoring in the first period and Bayer chose down to start the second. He tallied both an escape and a takedown in the second period, while Toney's lone point came on an escape with 20 seconds remaining.
Boise State had two bonus point victories at 133 pounds with a tech fall and a major decision at 174 pounds, while its other five wins were by decision.
On Saturday, the Bears host the annual Old Chicago Open in Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. Weigh ins begin at 7 am with wrestling starting at 9 am.
125 – Alan Bartelli (BSU) dec. Sam Bauer, 4-0
133 – Stefan St. Marie (BSU) tech fall Michael Balagna, (6:33)
141 – Levi Jones (BSU) dec. Casey Cruz, 4-3
149 – Eli Hutchison (BSU) dec. Jacob Milewski, 8-1
157 – Rocco DePaolo (NC) dec. Josh Strait, 3-1
165 – Michael Cuthbertson (BSU) dec. Brandon Kammerzell, 7-2
174 – Jake Swartz (BSU) major Patrick Prentice, 13-3
184 – Eric Brennan (NC) dec. Randy Larson, 6-1
197 – Nick Bayer (NC) dec. Derek Toney, 4-1
285 – Toby Erickson (BSU) dec. Konner Knudtsen, 6-2