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Hernandez, Bigby named Minot State Athletes of Month

One is a veteran who wrote his name in the Minot State record books while the other is a freshman who performed like a veteran in her collegiate debut.

Minot State Athletics is pleased to announce that defensive back Isaiah Bigby from the Beavers football team and women’s wrestler Bella Hernandez have respectively been named the Male and Female Athlete of the Month for November.

The award recognizes the outstanding athletic achievements each month of one male and one female Beaver student-athlete.

Bigby, a junior from Las Vegas, Nevada, made a huge impact in the final two games of the regular season for the Beavers as he had 20 tackles against Michigan Tech and moved to No. 1 all-time in career tackles at Minot State on the day. His 20-tackle performance was third most in a single game, as well.

Bigby also forced a fumble and recovered it in the same game and added a pass breakup.

He then finished up the season with nine tackles against Winona State, giving him 238 tackles in his career – to date.

Along with setting a new all-time Minot State record for tackles in November, Bigby was also named to the NSIC All-NSIC Defensive 1st Team for his play during the entire season.

As for Hernandez, a freshman from West Jordan, Utah, her collegiate career began on the mats in November as she picked up three wins in her debut in the 130-pound weight class at the Eagle Madness tournament hosted by Life University in Georgia, going 3-2 on the weekend with two wins by pin.

Making her home debut at the MSU Dome in the Beavers Bash Duals, she was one of two Minot State women to go a perfect 4-0 on the day, collecting one forfeit victory and earning three other wins on mat, including two more pins.

Hernandez wrapped up a stellar first month of collegiate competition with a win by pin over Mackenzie Armagost of Sioux Falls, completing a 7-3 start to her season with five wins by pin.

Hernandez and the rest of the Minot State women’s wrestling team continue their season this weekend, battling Adams State (Colo.) and Chadron State on Sunday in Nebraska.

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