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Bison wrestlers rally to knock off No. 18 Central Michigan

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FARGO—North Dakota State 197-pounder Cordell Eaton and heavyweight Dan Stibral closed with wins to lift the Bison wrestling team to a 19-16 win over No. 18 Central Michigan Sunday in the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

NDSU, 1-3, trailed the Chippewas 16-12 heading into the final two weight classes.

Eaton, a redshirt sophomore from Long Grove, Iowa, was guarding a 5-4 lead over Central Michigan 197 Landon Pelham through two periods. He exploded in the third for eight points on a pair of takedowns and 2-point nearfall for a 13-5 major decision.

Stibral, a redshirt sophomore from Tabor, S.D., produced a takedown with six seconds remaining in the second period. Stibral gained an early escape for a 3-1 lead and fought off Stencel down the stretch including a challenge and video review in the closing seconds.

125: Paul Bianchi (NDSU) dec Drew Hildebrandt, 5-1. 133: Cam Sykora (NDSU) dec Dresden Simon, 11-5. 141: Mason Smith (CMU) pinned Sam Hampton (NDSU), 4:14. 149: Justin Oliver (CMU) dec Kyle Gliva, 8-6. 157: Clay Ream (NDSU) dec Blake Montrie, 6-1. 165: Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) dec Logan Parks, 9-5. 174: CJ Brucki (CMU) major dec Charley Popp, 13-5. 184: Jordan Ellingwood (CMU) dec Cole Witzig, 4-0. 197: Cordell Eaton (NDSU) major dec Landon Pelham, 13-5. 285: Dan Stibral (NDSU) dec Matt Stencel, 3-1