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By: Sean Mael
- Connor Brown (2-0 in duals), Noah Surtin (1-0 in duals, 1-1 overall on the day)
- Connor Brown defeated #24 Danny Vega, SDSU 14-5 and Brandon Kaylor, OSU 8-6
- Noah Surtin defeated Ryan Henningson, NDSU by fall in the dual and lost 7-6 to Tanner Jordan of SDSU in extra matches wrestled apart from the duals.
Thoughts: Brown wrestled really well overall. He was poised throughout his two bouts and scrambled effectively throughout. Brown really blew open his match against Vega late by winning some scrambles and grabbing some nearfall.
Anytime you score bonus points against a tough wrestler like Vega, you have performed admirably. Brown got out to early leads in both matches and although Kaylor was able to gather four near fall and tighten up his second bout, Brown was able to grit his teeth and continue wrestling and was able to gather a solid win.
The resiliency Brown showed to go from being up relatively comfortably to Kaylor putting on the pressure a bit was really impressive. It is good to see guys handle adversity well early.
Brown collected riding time in both matches and was tremendous from the top position. He is active there and frequently looks to turn. I was impressed with Brown for his first time down at 125 in over a year and a half.
Brown will likely enter the rankings at 125 this week and he will have a chance to rise quickly, as he has a huge showdown looming Friday against Central Michigan’s #7 Drew Hildebrandt.
Surtin was impressive in the dual against North Dakota State. Henningson was a true freshman, but Surtin dominated the match and looked really good on his way to collecting the fall. Surtin’s leg attacks were crisp,he finished cleanly and quickly and he was tough on top.
Really solid performance there for Surtin. I did not get a chance to watch Surtin’s second bout, but I was surprised to see he lost 7-6. Surtin is a tough competitor and he will bounce back strong from this loss. Dual Scores after 125
- vs. SDSU (4-0 MIZZ)
- vs. NDSU (6-0 MIZZ)
- vs. OSU (3-0 MIZZ)
- #12 Matt Schmitt (1-1 in duals)
- Trey Crawford (0-1 in duals and 1-1 overall)
- #12 Matt Schmitt lost to #24 Zach Price, SDSU 7-5 and defeated #11 Devan Turner, OSU 12-0
- Trey Crawford lost to Kellyn March, NDSU 7-4 and then won 4-2 in SV1 over Trayton Anderson, SDSU in an extra bout.
Thoughts: Schmitt largely looked sharp all day. He was leading Price late in a close bout before getting caught in a cradle in a scramble and losing 7-5. Price is a good opponent and Schmitt looked tired late in that match.
It is hard to have perfect lungs for seven hard minutes with no matches under your belt, but I thought Schmitt was aggressive early, and had really nice leg attacks throughout the bout. He struggled to put a significant ride on Price throughout.
In Schmitt’s second bout he faced #11 Devan Turner who admittedly had a day to forget (He went 0-3 on the day), but any time you beat a 2x NCAA qualifier 12-0 that is an impressive result.