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Bison wrestlers sent to wrestlebacks at NCAA tourney

DES MOINES, Iowa – All four North Dakota State wrestlers dropped matches in the first day of the NCAA Division I wrestling championships Thursday, sending them to wrestlebacks.

No. 9 seed Trent Sprenkle dropped a 10-6 decision at 125 pounds to Virginia’s No. 8 Matthew Snyder. No. 12 seed Taylor Massa of Michigan upset No. 5 Steven Monk of NDSU at 165 pounds in a 7-5 decision. Sprenkle and Monk each went 1-1 on Thursday to advance to today.

NDSU unseeded wrestlers Evan Knutson and Mac Stoll also lost their first matches. Knutson went 1-1 and advances to today, while Stoll was 0-2 and eliminated.

Minnesota’s Scott Schiller, a former West Fargo standout, won his two matches Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals at 197 pounds.