HAVRE, Mont. — Montana State-Northern, the second-ranked wrestling team in the NAIA, lived up to its billing Thursday night in a 36-12 win against No. 7 Southern Oregon at Armory Gymnasium.
Top-ranked Brock Gutches won by fall for the Raiders, pinning Jared Miller in 2 minutes, 24 seconds in the 174-pound bout. But SOU acquired its only other points in a forfeit awarded to Tyler Cowger at 149 pounds.
Cameron Neiss (141 pounds), Ethan Hinebauch (165) and Garrett DeMers each had pins for Northern.
SOU was wrestling without top-ranked Taylor Johnson (197) and fifth-ranked Jacob Abrams (184).
The Raiders travel today to No. 6 Great Falls (Mont.) for a dual and will round out the week Sunday at the Spokane (Wash.) Open.