No pins, no technical falls. This dual had to be won in the trenches.
So the University of Mary did it the blue collar way, grinding out seven wins to defeat Minnesota State-Moorhead 20-10 in a NSIC dual.
With the victory at the McDowell Activity Center, the Marauders improved to 1-1 in Northern Sun duals. Moorhead also leveled off at 1-1.
"I figured that was the way it was going to go," U-Mary head wrestling coach Adam Aho said.
He wasn't complaining, though. It took grit to pull through Friday's grinder, an ingredient Aho was delighted to see.
"That's something we've been missing. That's what we've needed this year -- to be in a bunch of close matches and win some of them. These matches give our kids confidence," Aho said.
U-Mary held a slim 10-7 lead at the five-match intermission, leaving the dual completely up for grabs.
Austin Eichmann, Phillip Springsteen and Lance Jarrett quickly rectified that problem, however.
Eichmann, a junior, squeezed out a victory over Justin Dravis at 165 pounds, making a first-period takedown stand up for a 2-1 win.
Then Springsteen and Jarrett rattled off 12-1 majors over Adam Blees and Evan Foster, respectively. Springsteen and Jarrett used similar MOs, closing with elan.
Springsteen, up 6-0 after two periods in the 174-pound match, outpointed Blees 6-1 in the final two minutes. Jarrett, clinging to a 2-1 lead with two minutes to go a 184, closed with an escape, a takedown, a two-point near-fall and four back points. Add riding time and he also had a 12-1 major.
Suddenly, the Marauders had clinched the dual with a 21-7 lead and two bouts remaining.
Jarrett, a true freshman from Omaha, Neb., said he simply outlasted Foster.
"I felt he was gassed and I came out and put it to him," Jarrett said. "I was tired, too, but I figured their guy was more tired than me."
"What really drove me was knowing that the team needed the points," he continued.
Jarrett said he knew Foster would be a handful.
"He beat a kid from Northern (State) that I got teched by, so I showed up tonight," he observed.
The Marauders led from the starting gate to the wire. Nate Humann got U-Mary started with a 10-5 victory over Cole Jones at 125 and Tate Barnhardt forged a 16-5 major decision at the expense of Seth Hutchinson at 133.
Mason Schulz at 141 and Braydon Ortloff at 157 gave the Dragons wins at two of the next three bouts to close the deficit to 10-7 at the intermission.
Jarrett said dual wrestling has a unique character that he finds inspiring.
"I love duals. The atmosphere is awesome. ... It gives us drive and the will to win when everyone is here cheering for you," he said. "It was a tight dual. We knew it was going to be tight because they had beaten at team (Northern State) that beat us. And we came out to wrestle."
Aho said duals are excellent team-building tools.
"In duals we have to fight for each other. Hunter Eckert wrestled a match against a former teammate (Schulz) that we knew was going to be an emotional match. When somebody loses a big match we wanted to make it up for him, so Lance Jarrett ins a big match down the road. That's stuff that's team-building for sure," Aho noted.
Moorhead moves on to Minot to wrestle the Beavers this afternoon. U-Mary returns to action on Jan. 19 at St. Cloud State, the nation's top-ranked Division II team.
NOTES: Springsteen and Blees are both nationally-ranked wrestlers. Springsteen is ranked eighth and Blees 10th at 174. ... Barnhardt is the sixth-ranked 133-pounder. ... The Marauders entered the dual ranked 24th in the nation. ... Eckert and Schulz were high school teammates at Century. ... Blees wrestled for Bismarck High School.