NDSU Hosts Northern Colorado on Jan. 16; Boise State on Jan. 18 at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse

North Dakota State (2-3, 0-0 WWC) is scheduled to host Northern Colorado (1-2, 0-0 WWC) in the Western Wrestling Conference opener at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse … NDSU is scheduled to entertain Boise State (2-2) in a non-conference dual at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the BBF.

NDSU BisonThe Series
North Dakota State and Northern Colorado will meet for the 39th time … The Bison hold a 32-5-1 advantage in the series … NDSU and UNC have split the last eight meetings with the Bison defeating the Bears 28-11 last season in Greeley … This will be the seventh meeting between NDSU and Boise State … The Bison hold a 4-2 advantage in the series including a 26-15 win on the road in Boise last season.

The Lineups
Here are the probable lineups for this weekend:
North Dakota State Bison (2-3 Overall, 0-0 WWC)
Wt. (Ranking) Name (Overall, Dual Record)
125 Josh Rodriguez (9-5, 4-1)
133 Hunter Weber (9-12, 0-1)
141 Mitch Bengtson (15-8, 3-2)
149 Clay Ream (15-9, 4-1)
157 Steven Keogh (6-12, 0-4)
165 Trevour Chavez (4-7, 0-1)
174 Kurtis Julson (10-7, 2-3)
184 #9 Hayden Zillmer (21-4, 5-0)
197 Tommy Petersen (8-9, 0-2)
285 #14 Evan Knutson (15-7, 3-2)

Northern Colorado Bears (1-2 Overall, 0-0 WWC)
Wt. (Ranking) Name (Overall / Dual Record)
125 #12 Trey Andrews (13-6, 2-1)
133 Abe Fox (4-5, 0-1)
141 Ben Polkowske (9-10, 1-2)
149 Nick Adams (11-8, 1-2)
157 Beau Roberts (1-7, 0-3)
165 Mitchell Polkowske (12-3, 3-0)
174 Josh VanTine (6-11, 0-3)
184 Keith Johnson (3-6, 1-2)
197 Trent Noon (12-10, 1-2)
285 Brian Macchione (11-5, 3-0)

Boise State Broncos (2-2 Overall, 0-1 PAC-12)
Wt. (Ranking) Name (Record)
125 Carson Kuhn (1-2, 1-2)
133 Michael Cook (8-9, 1-2)
141 #6 Geordan Martinez (19-5, 4-0)
149 Travis Himmelman (6-5, 1-1)
157 Steven Hernandez (15-4, 3-0)
165 Chris Castillo (4-6, 1-2)
174 Austin Dewey (7-8, 1-3)
184 Xavier Callejas (3-7, 0-2)
197 #9 Cody Dixon (7-10, 2-2)
285 Gabriel Gonzalez (9-11, 0-3)

Ticket Information
Tickets for the 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.

Coverage
All home duals will be streamed live online at www.GoBison.com/showcase (pay per view), and live scoring will be provided through TrackWrestling.

Bison in the Rankings

  • North Dakota State is ranked 36th in WIN Wrestling Magazine’s Tournament Power Index (TPI) … The next TPI will be released Jan. 20 …
  • Individually, in the InterMat.com (Jan. 13) individual weight class rankings, 184 junior Hayden Zillmer (21-4) is No. 9 and 285 senior Evan Knutson (15-7) is No. 14 …
  • In The Open Mat.com (Jan. 13) rankings, 184 Zillmer is No. 8, 285 Knutson is No. 16 and 174 senior Kurtis Julson (10-7) is No. 20 …
  • In the Amateur Wrestling News (Jan. 13) rankings, 184 Zillmer is No. 9, 125 sophomore Josh Rodriguez (9-5) is No. 13 and 285 Knutson is No. 19.
  • In WIN Wrestling Magazine’s (Jan. 13) rankings, 184 Zillmer is No. 10, and 125 Rodriguez and 285 Knutson are both No. 18 …
  • In Asics/Flowrestling Rankings (Jan. 13) rankings, Zillmer is No. 7 and Knutson is No. 19.

Zillmer Takes Fourth, Rodriguez Fifth and Knutson Sixth at Midlands Championships on Dec. 29-30
North Dakota State University 184-pound Hayden Zillmer placed fourth at the 52nd annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships Dec. 29-30, at Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan Arena … NDSU’s 125 Josh Rodriguez placed fifth and 285 Evan Knutson sixth at the two-day event … NDSU with 45.5 points placed ninth in the Midlands team standings. Iowa won with 189 points, while Illinois was second at 130.5 and Northwestern third with 106 points.

Quartet of NDSU Freshmen Take Ridgewater Open Titles
A quartet of North Dakota State freshmen — 133 Nick O’Brien, 149 Mark Voss, 165 Charley Popp and 174 Tyler McNutt, wrestling unattached, — took individual titles at the Ridgewater College Open held Jan. 10.

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