NDSU Hosts 45th Bison Open on Saturday

The North Dakota State wrestling team is set to host the 45th annual Bison Open starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Fargodome … Teams with wrestlers scheduled to compete at the all-day event include Minnesota State University Moorhead, South Dakota State University, the University of Jamestown, the University of Mary, Minot State University, Northland Community & Technical College and Ridgewater College.

NDSU BisonTicket Information
Tickets for the Bison Open (Nov. 14) in the Fargodome are $12 for adult general admission and $5 for youth general admission (ages 3-17) … Dual match tickets are $10 for adult general admission and $5 for youth general admission … Season tickets are $50 for adult general admission and $35 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.

Fargodome No Stranger to Wrestling
The Fargodome will serve as the host site for the 45th 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 23 years … The Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse will be the home site for the regular season dual matches.

The 45th annual Bison Open will be streamed live through www.Flowrestling.org, and live scoring will be provided through TrackWrestling.com. All home duals will be streamed live online at www.GoBison.com/allaccess, and live scoring through TrackWrestling.

Streak Stays Alive
With NCAA All-American Hayden Zillmer winning the 2014 Bison Open 184-pound weight class — it marked the ninth straight season that at least one North Dakota State University wrestler came away with a Bison Open title. NDSU junior Josh Rodriguez won titles in 125 (unattached, 2013) and 133 (2012) … North Dakota State head coach Roger Kish (4) and assistant coach Manny Rivera (3) combined for seven Bison Open titles during their collegiate careers.

Four Bison Earn Wins Against Virginia
NDSU 184-pound senior Hayden Zillmer started the dual against Virginia on Nov. 6 with a 20-7 major decision over Will Schany to improve to 5-0. The Bison lost 25-14 to the Cavaliers as 125-pound junior Josh Rodriguez posted an 8-0 major decision. Newcomer, 285-pound junior Ben Tynan and 149 Mitch Bengtson each recorded 7-5 overtime wins.

Bison in the Rankings
North Dakota State dropped out of the USA Today/NWCA Top 25 after starting the season ranked No. 25 … NDSU was ranked No. 29 in the WIN Magazine’s Tournament Power Index (Nov. 10, 2015) … Individually, in the InterMat.com (Nov. 10) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 16 at 125 pounds; Hayden Zillmer is No. 6 at 184 pounds … In the Asics/Flowrestling Rankings (Nov. 10), Josh Rodriguez was No. 16 at 125 pounds, Hayden Zillmer is No. 5 at 184 pounds … In TheOpenMat.com (Nov. 10) rankings, Josh Rodriguez was No. 13 at 125 and Hayden Zillmer is No. 5 at 184 pounds … In WIN Magazine’s (Nov. 10) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 14 at 125 pounds and Hayden Zillmer is No. 5 at 184 pounds.

NCAA All-American, Three NCAA Qualifiers Return for North Dakota State
NDSU returns NCAA Division I All-American 184-pound senior Hayden Zillmer (Crosby, Minn.), and three NCAA qualifiers in 125-pound junior Josh Rodriguez (Guadalupe, Calif.), 141-pound sophomore Mitch Bengtson (St. Cloud, Minn.) and 149-pound sophomore Clay Ream (Wentzville, Mo.) … North Dakota State had a school-record six national qualifiers and two All-Americans at the NCAA Division I championship last year … The Bison are coming off back-to-back NCAA West Region championships and won two of the last three Western Wrestling Conference regular-season titles.

Big 12 Adds North Dakota State to Wrestling Membership
North Dakota State along with Air Force, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming have joined Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia in the Big 12 Conference … NDSU and the other affiliate members are eligible immediately … The 10-team Big 12 wrestling championship has shifted to a neutral site and has expanded to a two-day event with the 2016 championship set for March 5-6 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

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