NDSU Set to Host 44th Annual Bison Open in the Fargodome on Saturday

The 23rd-ranked (USA Today/NWCA Top 25) North Dakota State wrestling team is set to host the 44th annual Bison Open (#BisonOpen44) starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Fargodome … Teams scheduled to compete at the all-day event include 2nd-ranked University of Minnesota, South Dakota State, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Concordia College, Jamestown College, the University of Mary, Minot State University, Northern State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, Northland Community & Technical College and Ridgewater College.

NDSU BisonTicket Information
Tickets for the Bison Open (Nov. 8), NWCA National Duals vs. Minnesota (Feb. 15) and NCAA West Regional (Mar. 7) are $12 for adult general admission and $5 for youth general admission (ages 3-17) … Dual match tickets are $8 for adult general admission and $5 for youth general admission … Season tickets are $50 for adult general admission and $40 for youth general admission … NDSU students receive free admission by presenting your valid NDSU student ID at the door … For more information, call the ticket office at (701) 231-6378 or (888) 231-6378 or email ndsu.bisontickets@ndsu.edu.

Bison Open (Main Page)
Media Coverage:
Live Stats | Live Video (FloPro, Pay Per View)
Notes: NDSU (.pdf) |
Social Media: @NDSUwrestling | @NDSUathletics | #BisonOpen44

Fargodome No Stranger to Wrestling
The Fargodome will serve as the host site for the 44th Bison Open while construction takes place across the parking lot on the new Sanford Health Athletic Complex … However, this splendid venue is no stranger to the sport and has been the host facility for the USA Wrestling Junior and Cadet Freestyle and Greco-Roman National Championships for the past 22 years … The Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse will be the home site for the regular season dual matches and the NCAA West Regional/Western Wrestling Conference Championships.

The 44th annual Bison Open will be streamed live through www.livecoverage.flowrestling.org/event/222-ndsu-bison-open (FloPro, pay per view), and live scoring will be provided through TrackWrestling … All home duals will be streamed live online at www.GoBison.com/allaccess, and live scoring will be provided through TrackWrestling.

Streak Stays Alive
With a pair of champions, All-American Steven Monk (165) and sophomore Josh Rodriguez (125), 2013 marked the eighth straight season that at least one North Dakota State University wrestler came away with a Bison Open title and the second year in a row with multiple championships … Returning Bison Open champions for NDSU include Rodriguez at both 125 and 133 (2012), and senior Kurtis Julson at 174 pounds (2011) … North Dakota State head coach Roger Kish (4), assistant coach Manny Rivera (3), and video coordinator Steven Monk (2) combined for nine Bison Open titles during their collegiate careers.

Three Bison Claim Daktronics Open Individual Titles, One Runner-up Finish
North Dakota State University wrestlers Mitch Bengtson (141), Kurtis Julson (174) and Evan Knutson (285) each won individual titles, while Hayden Zillmer (184) was runner-up at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open on Nov. 2. Eight other Bison also placed in the top six at the tournament. Kyle Gliva, Justin Scherkenbach and Hunter Weber placed fourth, fifth and sixth in the 133-pound division, while Clay Ream and Tanner Carlisle placed fourth and sixth, respectively, at 149 pounds … Clay Cathey (141), Steven Keogh (157) and Matt Gray (165) each finished fifth in their respective weight classes.

Bison in the Rankings
North Dakota State was ranked No. 23 in the USA Today/NWCA Top 25 released on Nov. 1 … The Bison were ranked No. 22 in the InterMat.com Division I Top 25 released Nov. 4 … The next top 25 polls will be released Nov. 11 …
Individually, in the InterMat.com (Nov. 4) individual weight class rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 13 at 125 pounds; Kurtis Julson is No. 14 at 174 pounds; Hayden Zillmer is No. 14 at 184 pounds, and Evan Knutson is No. 10 at 285 pounds … In TheOpenMat.com’s TOM Ten to Watch (Oct. 31) included Josh Rodriguez at 125 pounds and Mitch Bengtson at 141 pounds … Josh Rodriguez was listed on the Bubble Watch to crack TOM’s Top 8 on Nov. 4 … In the Asics/Flowrestling Rankings (Nov. 4), Josh Rodriguez was No. 16 at 125 pounds, Kurtis Julson was No. 14 at 174 pounds; Hayden Zillmer is No. 16 at 184 pounds … In TheOpenMat.com (Oct. 15) preseason rankings, Josh Rodriguez was No. 16 at 125; Hayden Zillmer is No. 10 at 174; Kurtis Julson is No. 15 at 184; Hayden Zillmer is No. 16 at 184 pounds … In WIN Magazine’s (Sept. 2014) preseason rankings, Hayden Zillmer and Kurtis Julson were both No. 16 in their divisions.
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