NDSU to Host Air Force on Jan. 22

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North Dakota State University (1-4, 1-0 #Big12WR) is scheduled to host Air Force (5-2, 0-1 #Big12WR) at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse … The Bison split a pair of duals last weekend, dropping a 19-18 decision at Boise State on Jan. 15, and defeating Northern Colorado 29-13 in Greeley … Air Force defeated Grand Canyon 23-9 on Jan. 17.

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The Lineup
Wt. North Dakota State (1-4, 1-0 #Big12WR)
125—#16 Josh Rodriguez (25-7, 4-1)
133—Nico Colunga (12-13, 0-3)
141—Mitch Bengtson (13-7, 2-0) OR Tommy Walton (7-7, 1-1)
149—Clay Ream (15-12, 1-4)
157—Kyle Gliva (15-8, 1-1) OR Mitchell Friedman (11-11, 0-2)
165—Grant Nehring (3-6, 2-2)
174—Blake Thompson (4-11, 1-3)
184—#6 Hayden Zillmer (23-3, 5-0)
197—Logan Paxton (5-14, 0-5)
285—Ben Tynan (15-8, 4-1)
InterMat rankings

Wt. Air Force (5-2, 0-1 #Big12WR)
125—Issac Jimenez (3-2, 1-0) OR Drew Romero (9-8, 4-2)
133—#19 Josh Martinez (14-5, 2-0) OR John Twomey (12-5, 5-0) OR Dylan Hyder (1-2, 0-0)
141—David Walker (5-8, 1-2)
149—Jerry McGinty (8-5, 5-2) OR Alex Mossing (0-2, 0-0)
157—Zach Stepan (8-6, 3-3)
165—Alex Lopouchanski (12-5, 7-0
174—Zen Ikehara (2-4, 1-0)
184—Willie Baker (2-3, 2-0) OR Andy McLaughlin (10-5, 4-1)
197—Parker Hines (14-7, 6-1)
285—Marcus Malecek (7-9, 2-3)

The Series
This will be the 15th meeting between North Dakota State and Air Force on the mat … The Bison lead the series 12-2 and have won the last four in a row including a 28-11 win last season at U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.

Zillmer Dual Streak at 21, Closing on 100 Career Wins
North Dakota State University 184-pound senior Hayden Zillmer (Crosby, Minn./Crosby-Ironton H.S.) extended his consecutive dual winning streak to 21 matches with a pair of pins last weekend at Boise State and Northern Colorado .. Zillmer’s last loss in dual competition came on Feb. 2, 2014 against Scott Liegel of Wisconsin … He is 35-7 in dual competition during his career … Zillmer has a career record of 97-27 with 19 pins.

20-20 For NDSU 125 Rodriguez, 184 Zillmer
Entering this weekend, North Dakota State University has a pair of 20-match winners in 125-pound junior Josh Rodriguez (Guadalupe, Calif./Righetti H.S.), who has put together a 25-7 record including 4-1 in duals … The 25 wins are a career-high … The other is 184-pound senior Hayden Zillmer (Crosby, Minn./Crosby-Ironton H.S.), who is 23-3 and 5-0 in duals … Zillmer leads the Bison with seven pins, Rodriguez is second with six … Both are tied with a team-high six major decisions and four tech falls.

NDSU 184 Hayden Zillmer Earns Big 12 Wrestler of the Week Honors
North Dakota State Univerity’s 184-pounder Hayden Zillmer was the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 6 following a third place showing at the 53rd Midlands Championships on Dec. 29-30 … The Bison senior tallied a 6-1 overall record at the competition, with victories over two ranked opponents. … This marks Zillmer’s first weekly honor and NDSU’s first weekly award as an affiliate member of the conference.

Bison in the Rankings
North Dakota State was No. 35 in WIN Magazine’s Tournament Power Index (Jan. 18, 2016) … Individually, in the InterMat.com (Jan. 19) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 16 at 125 pounds; Hayden Zillmer is No. 6 at 184 pounds … In the Asics/Flowrestling Rankings (Jan. 18), Josh Rodriguez was No. 13 at 125 pounds, Hayden Zillmer is No. 6 at 184 pounds … In TheOpenMat.com (Jan. 19) rankings, Josh Rodriguez was No. 14 at 125 and Hayden Zillmer is No. 9 at 184 pounds … In WIN Magazine’s Jan. 18) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 15 at 125 pounds and Hayden Zillmer is No. 8 at 184 pounds … In the Amateur Wrestling News (Jan. 19), 125 Josh Rodriguez is No. 16 and 184 Hayden Zillmer is No. 7.

Zillmer Places Third, Rodriguez Fourth at Midlands Championships
North Dakota State University 184-pounder Hayden Zillmer stormed through the consolation bracket to finish third and 125-pounder Josh Rodriguez placed fourth during NDSU’s final day, Wednesday, Dec. 30, at the Midlands Championships hosted by Northwestern University in McGaw Hall … The Bison finished 16th in the team standings with 37.5 points.

Rodriguez’ Third Place Finish Highlights NDSU Run at Reno Tournament of Champions
North Dakota State University 125-pounder Josh Rodriguez won six of seven matches to place third and highlight the Bison run at the 2015 Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 20 … Rodriguez improved to 20-5 … Three other NDSU wrestlers placed in the top six at the event … The Bison had 57.5 points and finished ninth in the team standings … Clay Ream, a 149-pound sophomore, finished fifth at the Reno TOC, while 149-pound sophomore Kyle Gliva and 141-pound sophomore Mitch Bengtson each placed sixth.

Zillmer Seventh, Ream Eighth at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
North Dakota State University 184-pounder Hayden Zillmer placed seventh and 149-pound sophomore Clay Ream finished eighth during the final day of action Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational held in the Cashman Center … NDSU was 22nd in the team standings with 37.5 points.

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.

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.

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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