No. 6 Virginia Tech Defeats NDSU Wrestling Sunday, 23-13

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State University wrestling team fell to the sixth-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies, 23-13, on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 22, at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.

The Bison (0-2) are scheduled to return to the mat Dec. 4-5 at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas.

Sophomores Clay Ream and Grant Nehring, and senior Hayden Zillmer recorded wins in the dual.

Ream, wrestling at 149 pounds, gave the Bison their first points of the contest when he claimed a 9-1 major decision victory over the Hokies’ Chad Saunders. With the win, Ream improved to 5-2 overall, while Saunders dropped to 3-2.

Nehring, competing at 157 pounds, battled Virginia Tech’s Jake Spengler for 3:47 before he was able to get Spengler on his back for the fall. The triumph improved Nehring to 1-0 on the season and dropped Spengler to 0-3.

Zillmer, ranked fifth in the latest Intermat wrestling individual rankings at 184 pounds, was able to stave off an upset bid by Virginia Tech’s Zach Zavatsky and claim a 7-5 decision to remain undefeated and move to 10-0 overall. Zavatsky fell to 4-3.

Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

Virginia Tech 23, North Dakota State 13
125: No. 5 Joey Dance (Va. Tech) decision No. 15 Josh Rodriguez (NDSU), 8-1
133: No. 17 Kevin Norstrem (Va. Tech) decision Nick O’Brien (NDSU), 13-7
141: No. 10 Solomon Chisko (Va. Tech) decision Mitchell Friedman (NDSU), 8-3
149: Clay Ream (NDSU) major decision Chad Saunders (Va. Tech), 9-1
157: Grant Nehring (NDSU) pinned Jake Spengler (Va. Tech), 3:47
165: No. 20 David McFadden (Va. Tech) major decision Tyler McNutt (NDSU), 12-2
174: Cody Hughes (Va. Tech) decision Charley Popp (NDSU), 11-9
184: No. 5 Hayden Zillmer (NDSU) decision Zack Zavatsky (Va. Tech), 7-5
197: No. 19 Jared Haught (Va. Tech) major decision Logan Paxton (NDSU), 12-3
285: No. 2 Ty Walz (Va. Tech) decision Ben Tynan (NDSU), 14-7

Attendance: 307
Virginia Tech improves to 2-1; NDSU falls to 0-2.

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