NDSU 165 Fogarty, Unattached 125 Bianchi Advance at Midlands Championships
EVANSTON, Ill. – North Dakota State University 165-pounder Andrew Fogarty and unattached 125-pound Paul Bianchi advanced through the consolation bracket Friday, Dec. 29, at the 54th annual Midlands Championships in Northwestern University’s McGaw Hall. Fogarty and Bianchi continue wrestling at noon Saturday, Dec. 30.
North Dakota State is No. 23 in the team standings with 18.5 points.
Fogarty, a redshirt freshman from Jordan, Minn. (Scott West H.S.), is scheduled to wrestle Columbia’s Tyrel White in the consolation quarterfinals. He advanced with a hard-fought 6-4 sudden victory-1 overtime victory over Lucas Zilverberg of South Dakota State.
Fogarty, who is ranked No.19 nationally, opened with his fourth pin of the season against Oregon State’s Rodney Williams at 4:31. He followed with a 10-2 major decision over Eastern Michigan’s David Kasper.
Iowa’s unattached Alex Marinelli, who was the No. 8 seed, pulled away in the third period for a 10-6 decision over Fogarty.
Fogarty rebounded with a 6-0 decision over Arizona State’s Jacen Petersen. He went 4-1 during the first day of the tournament and improved to 14-2 overall.
Bianchi, a freshman from Two Rivers, Wis. (Two Rivers H.S.), is scheduled to wrestle Messiah’s Lucas Malmberg in the consolation quarterfinals.
Bianchi continued his impressive start to his first season at the collegiate level by taking 3 of 4 matches at the Midlands including a pair of pins to push his season total to five. He pinned South Dakota State’s Ben Gillette at 5:49 and then dropped a 12-0 major decision to No. 8-ranked and No. 2-seed Tim Lambert of Nebraska.
Bianchi came back with a pin of Joshua Krammer of Arizona State at 1:09 and then recorded a 14-4 major decision over Buffalo’s Kyle Akins. Bianchi improved to 14-4 on the season.
Three NDSU wrestlers finished one match shy of reaching Saturday’s competition – 149 Mitch Friedman, 157 Clay Ream and 174 Dylan Urbach. Friedman went 3-2 at the Midlands before dropping a 6-5 decision to Oklahoma’s Davion Jeffries. The No. 7-ranked Ream suffered his first two losses of the season and is now 12-2. Urbach went 3-2 at the tournament, seeing his first action since the Bison Open.
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