Broncos Drop Dual to NDSU
Jan. 8, 2017

NDSU Score Sheet
UVU Open Final Results

The Boise State wrestling team fell behind early and never recovered in a 36-7 dual loss to North Dakota State (8-1, 3-1 Big 12).

The loss concludes a two-match road trip that saw the Broncos (1-3, 0-0 Pac-12) go winless.

Boise State went down 17-0 with a pin at 285 pounds, a forfeit at 125 pounds and technical fall at 133 pounds before Rami Haddadin lost a 3-1 decision.

Haddadin fell behind 3-0 in the second period of his 141 pound match against Taylor Nein, but rode Nein the remainder of the match to earn a point for riding time, nearly turning Nein over for back points.

The Broncos got big wins from Fred Green (157) and Demetrius Romero (165), but failed to keep the momentum going in the final three matches of the night.

Green fell behind, 4-1, early to No. 16 ranked Clay Ream, but rallied back with an escape, two takedowns and a point for riding time to win a 7-5 decision. It was the Broncos first win of the dual.

Green, a redshirt freshman, is 2-0 against ranked opponents this season.

At 165 pounds, Boise State got a bonus point victory from Romero, who used a takedown in the waning seconds of the match to put him over the necessary one minute of riding time to win a 14-5 major decision over Nick Mergen. Romero is 2-1 in dual matches this season.

Austin Dewey nearly got a takedown as time expired in his 174 pound match against Dylan Urbach, but the referee signaled no points. Boise State coaches challenged the call but the ruling was upheld.

The Broncos will return to the road for a dual against Northern Colorado, Jan. 15, before returning home to face CSU Bakersfield in their conference opener, Jan. 21.

Northern Colorado also went winless against South Dakota State and North Dakota State this past weekend.


285: Ben Tynan (North Dakota State) fall Gabriel Gonzalez (Boise State), 5:44

125: Joshua Rodriguez (North Dakota State) forfeit 

133: Cam Sykora (North Dakota State) tech. fall Josh Newberg (Boise State), 23-5, 7:00

141: Taylor Nein (North Dakota State) dec. Rami Haddadin (Boise State), 3-1

149: Mitchell Friedman (North Dakota State) maj. dec. Dakota Wall (Boise State), 10-1

157: Fred Green (Boise State) dec. No. 16 Clay Ream (North Dakota State), 7-5

165: Demetrius Romero (Boise State) maj. dec. Nick Mergen (North Dakota State), 14-5

174: Dylan Urbach (North Dakota State) dec. Austin Dewey (Boise State), 4-3

184: Tyler McNutt (North Dakota State) fall Kadyn Del Toro (Boise State), 4:16

197: Cordell Eaton (North Dakota State) dec. Harley DiLulo (Boise State), 3-2

UVU Open

OREM, Utah -- The Broncos earned a pair of championships from AJ Fierro (157) and Taylor Owens (165) at the UVU Open, Saturday in Orem, Utah. 

Fierro went 6-0 with a fall and a major decision to win his first career individual title as a Bronco.

Owens went 3-0 with a fall to win the 165 pound title.

All five Boise State wrestlers competing at the UVU Open reached the podium, with Jacob Otuafi (157) taking second, Merlin Bope (157) taking fourth, and Zach Coffman taking fourth at 184 pounds.

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