By Paul Freelend
UNO’s wrestling team made a positive start to its dual season, claiming wins over No. 17 Northern Colorado and No. 7 South Dakota State to move to 2-0 in dual meets.
Trailing 10-3 after three matches against Northern Colorado, the No. 4 Mavericks reeled off seven straight victories to claim the match-up. UNO 165-pounder Kurt Bahoboj pinned UNC’s Jared Deaguero to start the run and pull his team to within 10-9. Bob Edmonds (174 pounds) and Zach Stadler (184 pounds) each won their matches by major decision to put the Mavericks on top to stay.
UNO again trailed early in their dual against SDSU as the Jackrabbits won the meet’s first match by decision. The Mavericks, though, would allow the visitors little else to celebrate as UNO took seven of the next eight matches to put themselves well in front.
Sophomore 285-pounder Lance Tolstedt capped the evening for UNO when he defeated second-ranked and 2001 Division II runner-up Jon Madsen by disqualification. Tolstedt was leading 5-1 with six seconds left in the match when Madsen was disqualified on an unsportsmanlike conduct call.
UNO will next travel to Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 19 and 20 for the Cliff Keen NCAA Division II National Dual Meet.