College wrestling: Martin wins, NDSU defeats DSU

By: Jeff Kolpack, INFORUM
North Dakota State's Geoff Martin, right, wrestles Dickinson State's Adam Orton during their match at 141 pounds on Sunday at the Bison Sports Arena. Martin pinned Orton for the victory. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

For five years, Geoff Martin went to North Dakota State wrestling practice knowing the chances of starting under the lights at the Bison Sports Arena were not all that good. Yet, he continued to grind away.

With the credentials of a fifth place finish in the North Dakota Class A state wrestling tournament, he didn't walk on to the Bison team. You could say the Fargo South graduate crawled on.

"I'm just extremely thankful right now," he said. "Everybody. The coaches. Everybody."

He pinned his opponent in NDSU's 44-3 dual win over Dickinson State (N.D.) on Sunday night. It may have been an NAIA school and not Northern Iowa or South Dakota State, but prime time is prime time nonetheless.

It was worth the wait for his first home start.

"I've been dreaming about this for a long time," Martin said. "I couldn't have asked for a better match."

He was leading 18-5 when he put Adam Orton in a lock that he would not give up. The pin came 27 seconds into the third period.

Martin shook hands with Orton, jogged behind the bleachers on the south side of the BSA, tossed his head gear and proceeded to do a few wind sprints.

It's something a lot of Bison wrestlers do after matches for conditioning reasons.

"But I felt a little quicker," Martin said.

Martin got the start by virtue of beating Trevor Johnson in a wrestle-off. He came in with a 10-9 record and was 2-0 in duals, both on the road.

Tags: sports, bison, wrestling

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