NDSU Hosts No. 6 Virginia Tech on Sunday

North Dakota State University (0-1, 0-0 Big 12) is set to host No. 6-ranked Virignia Tech (1-1, 0-0 ACC) at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 in the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse … NDSU lost its season opener 25-14 to Virginia on Nov. 6 … The Hokies defeated No. 13 Iowa State 32-3 on Nov. 7 and lost to No. 2 Penn State 21-15 on Nov. 15 … Virginia Tech has nine wrestlers ranked in InterMat’s top 20 — No. 5 Joey Dance (125), No. 17 Kevin Norstrem (133), No. 10 Solomon Chishko (141), No. 13 Sal Mastriani (149), No. 5 Nick Brascetta (157), No. 20 David McFadden (165), No. 6 Zach Epperly (174), No. 19 Jared Haught (197) and No. 2 Ty Walz (285) … The Hokies wrestle at South Dakota State on Saturday, Nov. 21 in Brookings.

NDSU BisonThe Series
This will be the third meeting between North Dakota State and Virignia Tech … The Hokies hold a 2-0 advantage … No. 12-ranked Virginia Tech defeated No. 23 NDSU 33-7 in Blacksburg, Va. … 141 Mitch Bengtson and 184 Hayden Zillmer picked up wins for the Bison … Virginia Tech defeated NDSU 22-13 on Jan. 12, 2008, as part of the Virginia Duals.

Ticket Information
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.

Live scoring will be provided through TrackWrestling.com … Live video of all NDSU home wrestling matches is available by subscription to NDSU All Access on GoBison.com … Prices are $6.95 for Single-Match, $10.95 monthly and $89.95 annually.

The Lineup
Wt. North Dakota State (0-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs. Virginia (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
125—#15 Josh Rodriguez (9-1, 1-0) vs. #5 Joey Dance (5-0, 2-0)
133—Nick O’Brien (7-4, 0-1) vs. #17 Kevin Norstrem (4-2, 2-0)
141—Mitchell Friedman (8-5, 0-1) vs. #10 Solomon Chishko (6-0, 2-0)
149—Clay Ream (4-2, 0-0) vs. #13 Sal Mastriani (1-1, 1-1) OR Chad Saunders (3-1, 0-0)
157—Grant Nehring (0-0) vs. #5 Nick Brascetta (1-1, 1-1) OR Jake Spengler (0-2, 0-0)
165—Tyler McNutt (7-2, 0-1) vs. #20 David McFadden (5-1, 2-0)
174—Blake Thompson (1-3, 0-1) vs. #6 Zach Epperly (1-1, 1-1) OR Cody Hughes (3-1, 0-0)
184—#5 Hayden Zillmer (9-0, 1-0) vs. Zack Zavatsky (4-2, 1-1)
197—Logan Paxton (5-4, 0-1) vs. #19 Jared Haught (3-2, 1-1)
285—Ben Tynan (8-2, 1-0) vs. #2 Ty Walz (2-0, 2-0)
InterMat rankings

Bison Coaching Staff With a Little Virginia, ACC Flair
North Dakota State University assistant Manny Rivera was an assistant coach at the University of Virginia for one season prior to joining the Bison staff. New NDSU assistant coach Jarrod Garnett was a three-time ACC champion and 2013 All-American for Virginia Tech.

Streak Stays Alive
With NCAA All-American 184 Hayden Zillmer and NCAA qualifier 125 Josh Rodriguez leading the way, North Dakota State claimed eight individual titles at the 2015 Bison Open — it marked the 10th straight season that at least one NDSU wrestler came away with a Bison Open title … Rodriguez won his third individual title, while Zillmer claimed his second straight … Nick O’Brien (133), Kyle Gliva (149), unattached Andrew Fogarty (157), Tyler McNutt (165), unattached Cordell Eaton (197) and Ben Tynan (285) each won their weight divisions, while unattached Nico Colunga (133), unattached Tyler Harrington (174) and Logan Paxton (197) achieved runner-up finishes.

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 was tied for No. 29 in the WIN Magazine’s Tournament Power Index (Nov. 17, 2015) … Individually, in the InterMat.com (Nov. 17) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 15 at 125 pounds; Hayden Zillmer is No. 5 at 184 pounds … In the Asics/Flowrestling Rankings (Nov. 17), Josh Rodriguez was No. 16 at 125 pounds, Hayden Zillmer is No. 4 at 184 pounds … In TheOpenMat.com (Nov. 17) rankings, Josh Rodriguez was No. 13 at 125 and Hayden Zillmer is No. 4 at 184 pounds … In WIN Magazine’s (Nov. 17) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 14 at 125 pounds and Hayden Zillmer is No. 4 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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