NDSU Travels to Air Force, No. 18 Wyoming for Western Wrestling Conference Duals

North Dakota State (5-3, 1-0 WWC) is scheduled to wrestle Air Force (4-4, 0-2 WWC) at 8 p.m. Central on Friday, Jan. 30, at USAF Academy, Colo. North Dakota State is then scheduled to wrestle No. 18-ranked Wyoming (6-2, 2-0 WWC) at 1 p.m. Central on Sunday, Feb. 1, in Laramie. The Bison have won four straight dual matches.

Friday, Jan. 30 at Air Force, 8 p.m. (CT) – Live Results / Live Video
Sunday, Feb. 1 at No. 18 Wyoming, 1 p.m. (CT) – Live Results

NDSU Bison

The Lineups

North Dakota State Bison (5-3 Overall, 1-0 WWC)
Wt. (InterMatRanking) Name (Overall, Dual Record)
125 #20 Josh Rodriguez (12-5, 7-1)
133 Hunter Weber (10-13, 1-2) OR Kyle Gliva (5-6, 0-1)
141 Mitch Bengtson (17-9, 5-3)
149 Clay Ream (18-9, 7-1) OR Mitch Friedman (8-10, 0-0)
157 Steven Keogh (6-14, 0-6) OR Grant Nehring (4-9, 1-2)
165 Trevour Chavez (4-8, 0-2)
174 Kurtis Julson (12-8, 4-4)
184 #9 Hayden Zillmer (24-4, 8-0)
197 Tommy Petersen (9-11, 1-4)
285 #15 Evan Knutson (18-7, 6-2)

Air Force Falcons (4-4 Overall, 1-1 WWC)
Wt. (Ranking) Name (Overall, Dual Record)
125 #9 Josh Martinez (10-2, 6-0) OR Evan Ulinski (9-5, 0-1)
133 Lyle Plummer (5-4, 0-0) OR Anthony McHugh (10-10, 4-3)
141 Conor O’Hara (8-5, 2-1) OR Carter McElhany (8-9, 1-3)
149 Jerry McGinty (13-11, 5-3)
157 Sam Kreimier (9-7, 3-3) OR Jordan Wengreen (7-5, 0-1)
165 #18 Jesse Stafford (13-4, 4-1) OR Michael Billingsley (7-5, 1-3)
174 Scott Reilly (6-9, 1-3), Konner Witt (7-10, 2-4) OR Billingsley
184 Zen Ikehara (7-7, 1-4) OR Witt
197 Jack Carda (12-11, 5-3)
285 Marcus Malecek (11-12, 4-4)

#18 Wyoming Cowboys (6-2 Overall, 2-0 WWC)
Wt. (Ranking) Name (Overall Record)
125 #13 Tyler Cox (17-4) OR Gunnar Woodburn (13-7)
133 Drew Templeman (13-7)
141 Cole Mendenhall (14-8)
149 Jake Elliot (20-7)
157 Archie Colgan (18-8)
165 #20 Dakota Friesth (14-9)
174 #15 Andy McCulley (19-6)
184 #19 Ben Stroh (17-6)
197 #17 Shane Woods (22-3)
285 Tanner Harms (13-6) OR Leland Pfeifer (4-7)

The Series
This will be the 14th meeting between North Dakota State and Air Force on the mat … The Bison lead the series 11-2 and have won the last three in a row including a 41-6 win last season in Fargo … This will be the 15th meeting between NDSU and Wyoming … The Cowboys lead the series 9-5 and have won five of the last six meetings including a 17-16 victory in Fargo last season.

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 37th in WIN Wrestling Magazine’s Tournament Power Index (TPI) … The next TPI will be released Feb. 3.
  • Individually, in the first NCAA Coaches Panel individual rankings (Jan. 22), 125 sophomore Josh Rodriguez (12-5) is No. 17, 141 redshirt freshman Mitch Bengtson (17-9) is No. 30, 174 senior Kurtis Julson (12-8) is No. 24, 184 junior Hayden Zillmer (24-4) is No. 7, and 285 senior Evan Knutson (18-7) is No. 17.
  • In the InterMat.com (Jan. 27) individual weight class rankings, 184 Zillmer is No. 9, 285 Knutson is No. 15 and 125 Rodriguez is No. 20.
  • In The Open Mat.com (Jan. 27) rankings, 184 Zillmer is No. 8, 285 Knutson is No. 17 and 125 Rodriguez is No. 20.
  • In the Amateur Wrestling News (Jan. 27) rankings, 184 Zillmer is No. 8, Rodriguez is No. 13 and 285 Knutson is No. 19.
  • In the WIN Wrestling Magazine (Jan. 27) rankings, 184 Zillmer is No. 10, 125 Rodriguez is No. 16, and 285 Knutson is No. 18.
  • In Asics/Flowrestling Rankings (Jan. 27) rankings, 184 Zillmer is No. 7, and both125 Rodriguez and 285 Knutson are No. 19.

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