Coach’s Corner With Brandon Eggum – February 23, 2017

In this week’s Coach’s Corner, Minnesota Head Coach Brandon Eggum offers his take on the team’s blowout win over Iowa State last Sunday.

As he did when asked right after the dual, Eggum points to Chris Pfarr’s upset of No. 10 Lelund Weatherspoon at 174 pounds in the first match of the afternoon as the catalyst for the Gophers big day. Coincidentally, while being portrayed as the biggest win of the afternoon, Pfarr’s was the only of Minnesota’s eight victories that did not come with bonus points.

On the heels of Pfarr’s win, the Gophers racked up a pair of major decisions, a tech fall and four pins, the most for the team in a single dual since 2012. Those falls came from No. 7 Ethan Lizak (125), No. 11 Tommy Thorn (141), No. 18 Nick Wanzek (165) and No. 2 Brett Pfarr (197). Continue reading

Big 12 Awarded 39 Auto Bids, Five NDSU Wrestlers Ranked

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The NCAA announced the qualifier allocations for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Feb. 23, along with the updated NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings and Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). The Big 12 Conference has been awarded 39 automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. North Dakota State has five wrestlers currently listed on the NCAA national rankings. Continue reading

DI qualifier allocations for 2017 championships, coaches’ panel rankings, RPI announced

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has announced the qualifier allocations for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as listed in the chart below.

Each qualifying tournament was awarded spots per weight class based on current year data.  Each wrestler was measured on the following: Division I winning percentage at the weight class; ratings percentage index (RPI); and coaches’ ranking.

For each wrestler that reached the threshold in at least two of the three categories, his qualifying tournament was awarded a qualifying spot in that weight class.  Each qualifying tournament, with automatic qualifying status, was awarded a minimum of one wrestler per weight class, which will go to the tournament champion, even if they did not have any wrestlers reach at least two of the three thresholds.  NCAA tournament spots for each qualifying event will be awarded at the tournament based solely on place-finish. Continue reading

NDSU No. 8 in NWCA/National Duals Selection Committee Mid-Major Top 20

MANHEIM, Pa. — North Dakota State was ranked No. 8 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)/National Duals Selection Committee Mid-Major Top 20 released Feb. 23.

North Dakota State (14-5, 4-3 #Big12WR) rolled up the most dual wins during the Division I era and third best all-time. The previous Division I high was 11 wins achieved twice in 2007-08 (11-9) and 2013-14 (11-7). The program record is 16 wins (16-0) achieved during the 1991-92 season, while the 1971-72 team went 15-1. Continue reading

Cornell, Lehigh finish season atop NWCA/National Duals Selection Committee Mid-Major Top 20

Manheim, Pennsylvania — The National Wrestling Coaches Association and the National Duals Selection Committee has released the final Mid-Major Top 20 college wrestling poll of the season. The NWCA/NDS Mid-Major Top 20, released on Thursday, ranks teams outside of the traditional Power 5 all-sports conferences.

Cornell and Lehigh finished the season as the top Mid-Major programs and both are coming off season-ending dual meet victories over Big Ten opponents at the NWCA National Duals Series. Cornell upset Ohio State, while Lehigh topped Rutgers.

Northern Iowa, the regular-season champion of the MAC, finished third. Continue reading

Cannon focused on national title

WORTHINGTON — Now in his second year as a collegiate wrestler at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, 2016 All-America Minnesota West 141-pounder Lamont Cannon is still driven by a controversial runner-up performance at the state tournament in his senior year of high school in Highland Park, Mich.

“It made me want to be a champion,” said Cannon, who finished seventh at the national tournament as a college freshman in 2016. “To not be satisfied with second place. That pushes me a lot.”

He’ll have the opportunity to fulfill that goal this weekend as he competes at the NJCAA National Wrestling Championship in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Friday and Saturday. Continue reading at

SMSU to compete in Super Region III tournament this weekend

MARSHALL, Minn.- The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team will travel to Moorhead, Minn., this weekend to compete in the NCAA Super Region III tournament to be held this Friday and Saturday in the Alex Nemzek fieldhouse on the campus of MSU Moorhead.

15 total teams will be competing in this year’s tournament with the top four wrestlers from each weight class qualifying for the NCAA Division II National Championships. Continue reading