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UVU wrestling: Wolverines open conference slate at home this weekend

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5 2014 2:15 p.m. MST

Steven Monk (22-1) leads North Dakota State as he is ranked third in the nation at 165 pounds, while Hayden Zillmer (20-5) is 13th at 174 pounds and Kurtis Julson (15-7) is 20th at 184.

Friday's dual will also mark the ninth all-time meeting between UVU and the Bison, but NDSU holds a 7-1 series advantage. Utah Valley last defeated North Dakota State, 18-15, in Fargo on Feb. 7, 2009.

Up next for the Wolverines

Utah Valley will close its regular season next week with three road conference duals. The Wolverines will take on Northern Colorado in Greeley on Feb. 12, Air Force in Colorado Springs on Feb. 14 and Wyoming in Laramie on Feb. 15. UVU will then come home to host the NCAA West Regional/WWC Championships for the first time in program history on March 8 in the UCCU Center.

Probable matches vs. South Dakota State

125: #17 Jade Rauser (UVU) {4-1} vs. Ben Gillette (SDSU) {6-15}

133: Chasen Tolbert (9-8) vs. Brance Simms (11-12) or Isaac Andrade (11-12)

141: Avery Garner (9-6) vs. Eric Orozco (10-14)

149: Trevor Willson (2-13) vs. Alex Kocer (22-10)

157: Chase Cuthbertson (3-5) or Logan Addis (7-13) vs. #17 Cody Pack (20-6)

165: Curtis Abner Cook (4-5) vs. Joe Brewster (17-10)

174: Monte Schmalhaus (6-8) vs. John Nething II (17-8) or Brady Ayers (18-13)

184: Ethan Smith (6-8) vs. Ben Schwery (15-14)

197: Derek Thomas (13-11) vs. Trey Hable (7-15)

285: TBA vs. J.J. Everard (15-14)

Probable matches vs. North Dakota State

125: #17 Jade Rauser (UVU) {4-1} vs. Hunter Weber (NDSU) {10-8}

133: Chasen Tolbert (9-8) vs. Justin LaValle (10-7)

141: Avery Garner (9-6) vs. Clay Cathey (15-12)

149: Trevor Willson (2-13) vs. Tyler Diamond (9-11)

157: Chase Cuthbertson (3-5) or Logan Addis (7-13) vs. Nick Olejnik (7-13)

165: Curtis Abner Cook (4-5) vs. #3 Steven Monk (22-1)

174: Monte Schmalhaus (6-8) vs. #13 Hayden Zillmer (20-5)

184: Ethan Smith (6-8) vs. #20 Kurtis Julson (15-7)

197: Derek Thomas (13-11) vs. Tyler Lehmann (9-2)

285: TBA vs. Evan Knutson (12-8) or John Gusewelle (9-9)

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.

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