Heaven only knows what you get when you mix red and green, orange and blue on a color wheel.
But when you put Minot State's red and green alongside the University of Mary's blue and orange in an athletic contest, you don't get some pukey hue. You get intensity.
U-Mary won Thursday night's wrestling dual at the McDowell Activity Center 31-12, but Minot fought on long after the issue was decided. The Beavers won three of the final four matches.
"It's a rivalry, but I think our wrestlers really get after it," said U-Mary 125-pounder Nate Humann, who started the evening with a comeback pin. "Our fans get into it, their fans get into it. It's definitely fun to wrestle when the atmosphere is like that here."
Humann trailed Dean Arevalo entering the third period. He started in the down position and scrambled to a quick escape. A takedown that turned into four back points followed with 1:21 remaining, and he put Arevalo on his back with 1:03 remaining.
"There's no reason to get rattled when you're still in it," Humann observed."...When I locked up that cradle, I knew he was done."
Humann said he had a similar match with Arevalo in last week's Jamestown Open.
"To reach my goals I'm going to have to wrestle better than that, but a win is a win, and I'll take it," he added.
When Humann glued Arevalo it set off a six-match display that gave the Marauders an insurmountable 28-0 advantage.
Tate Barnhardt and Hunter Eckert followed Humann with technical falls for a 16-0 lead. Max Bruss edged Tanner Crissler 6-3 with three unanswered third-period points at 149 to make it 19-0.
A third-period pin by Isaac Berger at 157 put U-Mary in command 25-0, and Austin Eichmann came back from intermission to outclass Tyler Sharron 9-3. That made it 28-0.
U-Mary coach Adam Aho said he was somewhat surprised at his team's fast start, but not astounded.
"I thought we could win all those, but I didn't know we'd get as many bonus points as we did. ... We teach our wrestlers that when an opportunity for a fall presents itself, you've got to go for it," he noted. "
Minot State finally registered on the scoreboard when Parker Osterman edged Jacob Green in a 9-8 battle at 174 pounds. Osterman was awarded the final point of the bout on a stalling call late in the third period.
Keegan Berry gave Minot another one-point win, 7-6, at 184, and Je-Mario Jones registered the only Beaver pin at 197.
U-Mary heavyweight Emmit Brooks put the icing on the evening with a 5-3 overtime victory over Jake Belland.
Aho said he liked the aggressiveness he saw from his team in Thursday's non-conference dual.
"We're confident in out conditioning, and I go out there and wrestle hard," he said.
Bruss, a freshman, drew kudos from Aho for his win. He defeated Crissler, a senior, twice at the Jamestown Open before prevailing on Thursday.
Minot State coach Evan Forde said he was aware of U-Mary's strength in the lower weights, but we wasn't prepared for shock and awe.
"I knew there were mismatches at 133 and 141, but I expected to be able to battle a lot better down low. I certainly didn't think we'd give up a lot of pins," he said. "I thought Mary wrestled really well and they're conditioned better than us. I thought that had an impact on the dual."
Both Aho and Forde said their lineups will look different when the chips are down come February.
"(All-Northern Sun sophomore) Phil Springsteen is out with a knee injury. He had (arthroscopic) surgery a week ago," Aho said. "He'll be back after Thanksgiving."
Springsteen is slated for 174 pounds.
Forde said his lineup will have a new appearance after the semester break.
"We'll have a little bit different lineup when we wrestle Mary in January. Se have some injuries, and a couple of guys are playing football," he observed. "And I have a senior team captain with just one semester of eligibility left."
Both teams return to action this weekend. The Marauders will wrestle in the Dakota Wesleyan Open in Mitchell, S.D. The Beavers are entered in the Bison Open in Fargo.