NDSU Recruiting Class Ranked as Country’s Second-Best by Amateur Wrestling News

The North Dakota State wrestling program’s incoming 2013 recruiting class has been ranked No. 2 in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News/The Open Mat, according to the rankings released by the wrestling news source this week.

NDSU BisonAmateur Wrestling News had previously awarded a No. 4 ranking for NDSU in November, but the Bison climbed two spots in the updated release that followed the completion of the 2012-13 academic year. Intermat, another prominent wrestling news outlet, pegged the Bison recruiting class as the fourth-best in the nation this year.

Michigan tops the AWN rankings, and Virginia Tech, Missouri and Pittsburgh round out the top five behind NDSU. The Bison stand in front of national wrestling powerhouses Penn State (No. 8), Minnesota (No. 13), Iowa (No. 14) and Ohio State (No. 24).

NDSU’s incoming class features national Top 100 recruits Mitch Bengtson (St. Cloud Apollo HS, Minn.), Preston Lehmann (West Fargo HS, N.D.) and Clayton Ream (Holt HS, Mo.).

Mitch Friedman (Oconto Falls, Wis.); Kyle Gliva (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.); Grant Nehring (Kimball, Minn.); Tommy Petersen (Lakeville, Minn.); Cole Sladek (St. Michael, Minn.); and Tommy Walton (Fargo, N.D.) also signed National Letters of Intent in November to continue their education and wrestle at NDSU.

The Bison are coming off a 2012-13 season in which they won the Western Wrestling Conference regular season title and registered the first All-American in the program’s Division I era in Trent Sprenkle. Sprenkle was named the WWC’s Wrestler of the Year following his fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, while NDSU head coach Roger Kish earned the league’s Coach of the Year honor.

2013 Amateur Wrestling News Recruiting Class Rankings
1. Michigan
2. North Dakota State
3. Virginia Tech
4. Missouri
5. Pittsburgh
6. South Dakota State
7. N.C. State
8. Penn State
9. Clarion
10. Virginia
11. Oklahoma
12. Rutgers
13. Minnesota
14. Iowa
15. Rider
16. North Carolina
17. Stanford
18. Old Dominion
19. Harvard
20. Nebraska
21. Iowa State
22. Princeton
23. Illinois
24. Ohio State
25. Sacred Heart

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