HAVRE, Mont. — Southern Oregon's hot start to 2018 continued Thursday night with a 26-15 defeat of Montana State-Northern in a Cascade Conference dual at Armory Gymnasium.
Two nights after winning at sixth-ranked Providence (Montana), the No. 13 Raiders upset the No. 10 Lights the hard way by knocking off four top-15 individuals. Their third straight victory made them 4-2 on the season.
With SOU protecting a 17-15 lead in the 197-pound match, Alejandro Sandoval used a late takedown and a riding-time point to get to overtime against Steeler French — the 15th-ranked 184-pounder in the NAIA — and then won by sudden victory, 7-6.
The Raiders clinched in the heavyweight match, which was a matchup of two regular 197-pounders. Third-ranked Tanner Fischer pinned fifth-ranked Isaac Bartel in 2:36, his fifth win by fall of the season.
The Lights dropped to 6-2 in dual action.
SOU's Trey Long kicked off the night with a 16-9 upset of No. 11 Nick Kunz at 125 pounds. After Northern's Landon Bailey tied it with a decision over Kale Evenson at 133, the Raiders scored 14 unanswered points: No. 4 Devin Poppen (141 pounds) won a marquee matchup with No. 7 Matt Weber, 4-2, Chandler Michael (149) notched a win by 20-5 technical fall over Dylan Veis, and Hunter Hodges (157) won by forfeit.
The Lights took the next three bouts. Ninth-ranked Andrew Bartel (165) and Chris Nile (174) defeated Tanner Canaday and C.J. McKinnis by decision, and Chase Short (184) pinned Max Hane in the second round.
The Raiders went to 9-6 all-time against Northern.
They'll be back on the mats Saturday at the Menlo Invite in Atherton, Calif., and have their next dual on Jan. 11 at Warner Pacific.