The University of Mary scored a big home win over Minot State in front of a packed house at the McDowell Activities Center. Mary won seven of ten matches, including the first six of the dual, and won the evening 31-12. Things started very positively for Minot State at 125, as Dean Arevalo controlled the first two periods against Mary’s Nate Humann. Down 5-2 entering the third, Humann escaped and scored a takedown to tie the match. Humann then went cradle and pinned Arevalo to send the Marauder crowd into a frenzy. From there, Mary reeled of five more wins, including a fall and two technical falls to grab an insurmountable 28-0 lead. Minot State was able to right the ship with three wins in a row before Mary heavyweight Emmitt Brooks ended the night with an overtime victory for Mary.
Mary scored four bonus point victories from hometown products. After Humann’s pin, Tate Barnhardt and Hunter Eckert followed with back to back technical falls. All three grew up as Bismarck area wrestlers. Barnhardt is currently ranked ninth in the country at 133 pounds. Mandan two-time state champion Isaac Berger, wresting in his first college match, also got in on the bonus point fun by scoring a fall over Max Miller at 157. Other winners for Mary were freshman Max Bruss at 149, and Austin Echmann at 165. Bruss scored a 6-3 decision over Minot State senior Tanner Crissler. Eichmann, down to 165 from 174 last season, defeated Tyler Sharron 8-3.
Minot State broke into the win column at 174 when Parker Ostermann held on for a 9-8 win over Jake Green. The momentum kept rolling as the Beavers then scored a decision from Keegan Berry at 184 followed by a pin from Je-Mario Jones at 197. Jones was a standout prep at Minot High.
Mary will send wrestlers to the Dakota Wesleyan Open this Saturday, while Minot State heads to Fargo for the Bison Open.