NDSU Travels to South Dakota State on Sunday For Western Wrestling Conference Showdown

No. 24-ranked North Dakota State (8-4, 4-0 WWC) is scheduled to square off with South Dakota State University (11-7, 3-1 WWC) in a Western Wrestling Conference dual at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Frost Arena in Brookings … The Bison look to win their second straight WWC regular season title outright.

Live Results
Live Video
NDSU Wrestling Release (2-19-15).pdf

NDSU Bison

The Lineups

#24 North Dakota State Bison (8-4 Overall, 4-0 WWC)
Wt. (InterMatRanking) Name (Overall, Dual Record)
125 #16 Josh Rodriguez (14-7, 9-3)
133 Kyle Gliva (5-9, 0-5) OR Hunter Weber (10-14, 1-3)
141 Mitch Bengtson (20-10, 8-4) OR Clay Cathey (9-7, 0-0)
149 Clay Ream (20-11, 9-3)
157 Grant Nehring (6-10, 3-3) OR Mitchell Friedman (12-13, 0-1)
165 Steven Keogh (7-15, 1-7) OR Trevour Chavez (4-10, 0-4)
174 Kurtis Julson (15-9, 7-5)
184 #9 Hayden Zillmer (28-4, 12-0)
197 Tommy Petersen (9-15, 1-8)
285 #12 Evan Knutson (22-7, 10-2)

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (11-7 Overall, 3-1 WWC)
Wt. (InterMatRanking) Name (Record, Dual Record)
125 Isaac Andrade (18-18, 7-11 dual)
133 Brance Simms (22-15, 9-9 dual)
141 Luke Zilverberg (20-13, 5-7 dual)
149 Alex Kocer (12-6, 10-4 dual)
157 #7 Cody Pack (31-4, 16-2 dual)
165 John Nething II (11-15, 5-7 dual)
174 David Kocer (24-17, 7-11 dual)
184 Brady Ayers (18-14, 9-8 dual)
197 Nate Rotert (21-9, 11-4 dual)
285 J.J. Everard (17-11, 11-7 dual)

Coverage
All home duals and the NCAA West Regional will be streamed live online at www.GoBison.com/showcase (pay per view) with Fargo-Moorhead radio personality Derek Hanson describing the action and live scoring will be provided through TrackWrestling.

The Series
This will be the 60th meeting between North Dakota State and South Dakota State on the wrestling mat with the Bison holding a 41-17-1 advantage in the series … NDSU defeated the Jackrabbits 23-14 on Dec. 14, 2014, in Fargo, in the Battle for the Border Bell … NDSU won three of the last four matches to rally past SDSU … The Bison have won the last six meetings in a row and 17 out of the last 19.

Ticket Information
Tickets for the NCAA West Regional (Mar. 7) are $12 for adult general admission and $5 for youth general admission (ages 3-17) … 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.

NDSU In the NCAA Division I Individual RPI Rankings
Six North Dakota State University wrestlers are in the NCAA RPI individual rankings thru matches Feb. 15 — By weight class, 125 sophomore Josh Rodriguez (14-7) is No. 12 … 141 redshirt freshman Mitch Bengtson (20-10) is No. 32 … 149 redshirt freshman Clay Ream (20-11) is No. 24 … 174 senior Kurtis Julson (15-9) is No. 22 … 184 junior Hayden Zillmer (28-4) is No. 8 … 285 senior Evan Knutson (22-7) is No. 19.

Bison against the Nationally-Ranked
Fifteen North Dakota State University wrestlers have taken on nationally-ranked opponents and three have posted wins led by 184-pound junior Hayden Zillmer (Crosby, Minn.), who improved to 9-4 on the season with his 6-5 comeback win over 13th-ranked Brett Pfarr of Minnesota … All four of Zillmer’s losses have come to ranked opponents and by a total of eight points … NDSU senior 285 Evan Knutson (Wausau, Wis.) is 3-5 including his first career win over Minnesota’s Michael Kroells … Bison 125 Josh Rodriguez (Guadalupe, Calif.) is currently 4-4 including 3-1 record within the Western Wrestling Conference.

Four NDSU Wrestlers at 20-Wins, Bengtson Leader in Pins
Four North Dakota State wrestlers have reached 20 wins this season, while one is close to the 30-win plateau … 184-pound senior Hayden Zillmer (Crosby, Minn.) leads the way at 28-4 … Zillmer has won seven in a row and 10 of his last 12 … 285Evan Knutson (22-7), 141 Mitch Bengtson (20-10) and 149 Clay Ream (20-11) follow … Bengtson leads team with nine pins, Ream and Zillmer each have seven.

Bison in the Rankings
North Dakota State is ranked 19th in the InterMat.com Dual rankings, 19th in the WIN Wrestling Magazine’s Dual rankings and 24th in the USA Today/NWCA Top 25 … The Bison are also tied for 36th with North Carolina and Ohio University inWIN’s Tournament Power Index (TPI) …

… In the InterMat.com (Feb. 17) individual weight class rankings, 184 Hayden Zillmer is No. 9, 285 Evan Knutson is No. 12 and 125 Josh Rodriguez is No. 16 …

… In The Open Mat.com (Feb. 17) rankings, 184 Zillmer is No. 8, and 285 Knutson is No. 15 …

… In the Amateur Wrestling News (Feb. 17) rankings, 184 Zillmer is No. 9, Rodriguez is No. 13 and 285 Knutson is No. 17 …

… In the WIN Wrestling Magazine (Feb. 16) rankings, 184 Zillmer is No. 9, 285 Knutson is No. 15 and 125 Rodriguez is No. 20 …

… In Asics/Flo Rankings (Feb. 17) rankings, 184 Zillmer is No. 7, 285 Knutson are No. 10, and 125 Rodriguez is No. 17.

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