Wrestlers drop third straight dual, but come back strong
Minnesota State, Mankato, defeated the Bears 24-14 in UNC wrestling action Wednesday night in the Bears' last home competition of the season.
UNC came out losing three straight matches, but they refused to go down to the Mavericks in the same fashion as their last two competitions losing to North Dakota State and Wyoming 37-4.
Senior Brian Hufford (174 lbs.) started the Bears rolling with a 7-2 decision over John Dierks. Cole Allison (184 lbs.) lost the next one in a close 7-5 decision to Joel Schrimpf and the Bears were down 15-3.
Jason McMillan (197 lbs.) followed with another big win for the Bears defeating Mike Englemann 6-0, and the Bears were down 15-6 with four more matches to make up points. Tom Clemen also fought hard for a win at the heavyweight division with a close 6-5 victory.
Unfortunately, the Bears have struggled all year at the 125 and 133 divisions. They lost both again tonight including a pin at 133 pounds. Mankato's Tony Fraztke won by fall at 2:53 over Eric Spry, and the Bears found themselves out of reach, 24-9.
Despite having no chance of a team victory, Ronnie Stafford (141 lbs.) finished the night in impressive fashion defeating Dustin Kulseth with a 23-7 technical fall.
The Bears finish their regular season 3-10 overall and 1-5 in the North Central Conference. They will head to the NCC Championships Feb. 24 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
149 Pounds: #7 Hannon Hisek (MSM) wins by fall at 2:56 over Simon Hoepfner (UNC). Hisek is now 21-6. Hoepfner is now 11-12.
157 Pounds: Cory Beckman (MSM) wins 6-3 decision over #7 Brody Olson (UNC). Beckman is now 17-10. Olson is now 23-12.
165 Pounds: #5 Matt Gadient (MSM) wins 7-4 decision over Jared Deaguero (UNC). Gadient is now 3-3. Deaguero is now 18-11.
174 Pounds: Brian Hufford (UNC) wins 7-2 decision over John Dierks (MSM). Hufford is now 5-6. Dierks is now 6-9.
184 Pounds: Joel Schrimpf (MSM) wins 7-5 decision over Cole Allison (UNC). Schrimpf is now 11-11. Allison is now 8-9.
197 Pounds: #8 Jason McMillan (UNC) wins 6-0 decision over Mike Englemann (MSM). McMillan is now 10-4. Engelmann is now 9-4.
Heavyweight: Tom Clemen (UNC) wins 6-5 decision over Paul Svien (MSM). Clemen is now 10-11. Svien is now 11-12.
125 Pounds: Tait Thompson (MSM) wins 9-4 over Luis Meza (UNC). Thompson is now 13-5. Meza is now 2-11.
133 Pounds: Tony Fratzke (MSM) wins by fall at 2:53 over Eric Spry (UNC). Fratzke is now 17-6. Spry is now 1-7.
141 Pounds: #7 Ronnie Stafford (UNC) wins 23-7 technical fall over Dustin Kulseth (MSM). Stafford is now 16-9. Kulseth is now 11-14.