Fargo, N.D. – Alec Opsal and Anthony McLaughlin notched a win apiece in the 33-7 loss to North Dakota State (7-9, 1-6 Big 12) conference action, Sunday morning in the Scheels Center. Air Force drops to 6-4 overall with a 1-3 mark in Big 12 competition.
With the dual starting at 149-pounds, Air Force led off with Dane Robbins against the Bison’s Kyle Gliva. Robbins battled to the third period tied at one before Gliva notched a takedown with 21-seconds remaining to secure a 3-2 decision.
In the following match, Alex Mossing took on No. 9-ranked 157-pounder Clay Ream. Ream recorded two takedowns and an escape to secure a 5-1 decision over Mossing.
The Bison continued their roll, rattling off three more wins from 165 to 184. No. 19 Andrew Fogarty notched a pin over Alex Lopouchanski at the 165 class. Dylan Urbach followed up with a 6-2 decision over Falcon senior, Michael Billingsley. Zen Ikehara fell 4-3 to Charley Popp in the 184 class to extend the Bison lead to 18-0.
Falcon junior McLaughlin broke the drought with a decision win in the 197 class to put Air Force on the board. McLaughlin recorded two takedowns and an escape in the 5-3 win over Cordell Eaton to improve to 12-16 overall with a 6-1 mark in dual action.
North Dakota State responded with a fall in the heavyweight class, extending the lead to 24-3. In the 125 class, Tony DeCesare battled NDSU’s Paul Bianchi to a sudden victory round tied at one. Bianchi landed a takedown 12-seconds into overtime for a hard-fought 3-1 decision over DeCesare. The NDSU lead grew to 33-3 as No. 25-ranked Cam Sykora received a forfeit win in the ensuing matchup.
Undeterred by the team-point deficit, sophomore 141-pounder Opsal took the mat determined to wrestle his best match. Opsal imposed his will on McGwire Midkiff, scoring a takedown and near fall points to post an 11-0 major decision in the final bout. Opsal extended his perfect dual record to 6-0.
Air Force returns to Big 12 dual action against Utah Valley for Senior Night, Saturday, Feb. 10. Action is slated for 7 p.m., in Clune Arena.
AIR FORCE at NORTH DAKOTA STATE*, Feb. 4
149: Kyle Gliva (NDSU) dec Dane Robbins (AFA), 3-2
157: #9 Clay Ream (NDSU) dec Alex Mossing (AFA), 5-1
165: #19 Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) fall Alex Lopouchanski (AFA), 4:46
174: Dylan Urbach (NDSU) dec Michael Billngsley (AFA), 6-2
184: Charley Popp (NDSU) dec Zen Ikehara (AFA), 4-3
197: Anthony McLaughlin (AFA) dec Cordell Eaton (NDSU), 5-3
285: Dan Stibral (NDSU) fall Matt Wagner (AFA), 6:14
125: Paul Bianchi (NDSU) sudden victory-1 dec Tony DeCesare (AFA), SV-1 3-1
133: #25 Cam Sykora (NDSU) wins by forfeit
141: Alex Opsal (AFA) major dec McGwire Midkiff (NDSU), MD 11-0
FINAL: NORTH DAKOTA STATE 33, AIR FORCE 7