North Dakota State Ranked No. 23 in USA Today/NWCA Top 25

North Dakota State University was ranked No. 23 in the USA Today/National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Top 25 released this weekend. Five of NDSU’s opponents are listed in national ranking.

The Bison opened the season at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open on Sunday, Nov. 2. NDSU wrestlers Mitch Bengston (141), Kurtis Julson (174) and Evan Knutson (285) each won individual titles, while Hayden Zillmer (184) was runner-up. Eight other Bison also placed in the top six at the tournament.

North Dakota State will host the 44th annual Bison Open in the Fargodome on Saturday, Nov. 8. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

The USA Today/NWCA Top 25 will be released each Tuesday during the season. The next rankings will be released Nov. 11.

NDSU Bison

USA Today/NWCA Top 25 (Nov. 1, 2014)

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Rank,Team (First),Points,Conference,2013-14 Record
1,Iowa (4),286,Big Ten,15-2
2,Minnesota (7),284,Big Ten,13-1
4,Ohio State,263,Big Ten,13-5
5,Penn State (1),258,Big Ten,15-1
7,Nebraska,215,Big Ten,12-2
8,Oklahoma State,214,Big 12,10-5
9,Michigan,211,Big Ten,11-4
12,Virginia Tech,155,ACC,18-5
13,Illinois,148,Big Ten,11-7
16,Iowa State,121,Big 12,9-7
17,Northern Iowa,116,MAC,13-0
18,Wisconsin,108,Big Ten,12-6
19,Northwestern,102,Big Ten,9-7
20,Oregon State,68,Pac-12,11-7
21,Oklahoma,55,Big 12,11-5
22,Old Dominion,40,MAC,8-10
23,North Dakota State,24,WWC,11-7
Others receiving votes: Stanford 14, Chattanooga 13, Kent State 10, N.C. State 9, Central Michigan 8, Penn 4, Maryland 3