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Two former Yellowjackets help NDSU to pair of wrestling victories

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The North Dakota State wrestling team pulled off a huge upset Jan. 15, defeating No. 6 Boise State, 25-22. NDSU notched three wins by fall in the victory. It is also the first win over a ranked team in four tries this season.

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Redshirt freshman Mac Stoll of Perham gave the Bison a 19-12 lead with a 10-0 major decision win over Levi Holt at 174 pounds.

No.1-ranked 184-pounder Kirk Smith won a 16-9 major decision over Perham's Kenny Moenkedick to pull the Broncos within three.

NDSU's Drew Ross then notched the biggest win of his career at 197 pounds, pinning Matt Casperson in 5:22 and clinching the upset win for the Bison.

The Bison continued the momentum from the upset win as they traveled to Greeley, Colo. for their first Western Wrestling Conference dual against Northern Colorado on Jan. 17. NDSU improved to 5-4 on the season with a 21-19 win.

At 174 pounds, Stoll earned a 6-0 win over Rocco DePaolo, while Moenkedick, a junior, won a tight 5-4 decision over Eric Brennan at 184 pounds.

Moenkedick was down 3-2 going into the third period, but scored an early escape and takedown to take a 5-3 lead. Despite giving up a point for stalling, he was able to hold on for the win. Moenkedick's win brought the team score to 19-15.

A UNC forfeit at 197 pounds gave the Bison six points and the win.

Stoll's record so far this season is now at 15-11. Moenkedick is 8-6 overall.

NDSU now heads east to wrestle Boston University on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. Central and Sacred Heart on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. Central.

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