FAYETTE, Iowa — No. 3 Upper Iowa posted a 24-12 victory against No. 17 Minnesota State-Mankato. The win pushed UIU’s overall record to 8-1 and the team is now 4-0 in NSIC duals. Upper Iowa won six of the matches including one by fall and one by forfeit, while all four of MSU’s wins came by decision.
Kyle Pedretti got the Peacocks off on the right foot with a 9-5 decision at 125 pounds versus David Demo. He took a 2-1 lead into the second period where he built up a large ride time advantage and added a second takedown. A reversal by Pedretti in the final period led to a scramble that resulted in an exchange of reversals, but Demo was unable to pull any closer than three points.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 3 Upper Iowa 24, No. 17 MSU-Mankato 12|
|No. 8 Mercyhurst 23, Gannon 13|
|No. 10 Limestone 29, Anderson 12|
Upper Iowa added to their lead with a win by fall at 133 pounds. Trevor Franklin secured the six team points with a takedown that he converted into the pin with less than a minute to go in his match (5:06) against Brian Reisenauer. He was leading the match handily at the time of the pin. With the win, Franklin improved to 17-0 on the year and extended his win streak to 33 matches.
Duane Richardson got the call at 141 pounds and after trailing 3-0 heading into the final period. He scored an escape to pull within striking distance, but Robby Fisher picked up a takedown and a final ride time point to claim the Mavericks’ first win of the night with a 6-1 decision.
The Mavericks looked to build on their momentum as they turned to Jesse Westphal at 149 pounds against Jordan Rinken. Westphal scored the only points of the first period with a takedown and built up nearly two minutes of ride time.
Rinken worked hard in the second period knocking the ride time back under a minute before Westphal recorded an escape. MSU held a 3-0 lead heading into the final period where Westphal reestablished his ride time and won a hard fought 4-1 decision. The win pulled the Mavericks within three on the scoreboard, 9-6.
Winston Robbins toed the line in one of the veteran match ups of the night against Tel Todd. Robbins scored an early takedown at the edge of the mat and later added two nearfall points. Todd escaped in the final thirty seconds of the opening period to set the score at 4-1.
Robbins scored the only point in the second; an escape early in the period. Todd stormed back in the final period with a pair of takedowns, but Robbins was able to hang on and gut out the 8-5 win.
The Mavericks’ Cody Quinn picked up the lone points in the first period 165 pound match against Blake Sorensen with a takedown. Sorensen earned an escape in the second period, but Quinn took a 4-1 lead into the final frame thanks to a late takedown. Quinn scored an escape in the final period to record a 5-1 decision and pull the visitors within three, 12-9.
The 174 pound match between UIU’s Wade Gobin and Brendan Eichmann went to the second period without a point. Eichmann scored an early escape for the only point of the second period, but Gobin was able to rally with a reversal in the third period. After Gobin cut Eichmann loose, the match was tied at 2-2 with under a minute to wrestle.
The match moved to sudden victory where Gobin caught Eichmann and scored a takedown to record the 4-2 decision and push the home team’s lead back to six, 15-9.
Mitch Schultz looked to keep UIU’s lead growing. Schultz dominated the first period with a takedown 19 seconds into the match and rode Brandon Pederson for the remainder of the period.
Pederson worked well on top in the second period cutting the ride time advantage back under two minutes, but Schultz scored a reversal to lead 4-0 heading into the final period. Each wrestler picked up a takedown in the final period and Schultz added a ride time point to set the final score at 7-4.
UIU’s lead ballooned to 24-9 after Carl Broghammer earned a win by forfeit at 197 pounds.
Minnesota State’s Nathan Haynes scored the first takedown in the heavyweight matchup, but UIU’s Luke Stika was able to escape prior to the end of the opening frame. Stika escaped again early in the second period to knot the score at 2-2. Haynes edged out to a 3-2 lead with an escape to open the final period and held on to record the win by the same score.