NDSU Travels to Boise State, Northern Colorado

North Dakota State University (0-3, 0-0 #Big12WR) re-enters the dual season on the road this weekend … NDSU faces Boise State University (2-2, 0-1 Pac 12) at 8 p.m. Central Friday, Jan. 15 … The Bison then battle Northern Colorado (1-2, 0-1 #Big12WR) at 3 p.m. Central Sunday, Jan. 17 in Greeley … UNC hosts South Dakota State on Jan. 15.

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Live video will be streamed provided through CampusInsiders.com / BroncoSports.com/videos for Boise State dual and uncbears.com/wrestwatchlive for Northern Colorado dual … Live scoring will be provided through TrackWrestling.com for both matches.

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Jan. 15, 8 p.m. (CT) at Boise State:  CampusInsiders  |  Live Stats
Jan. 17, 3 p.m. (CT) at Northern Colorado:  Live Video  |  Live Stats
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The Lineup
Wt. North Dakota State (0-3, 0-0 #Big12WR)
125—#16 Josh Rodriguez (23-7, 2-1)
133—Nico Colunga (12-11, 0-1)
141—Mitch Bengtson (13-7, 2-0) OR Tommy Walton (6-6, 0-0)
149—Clay Ream (15-10, 1-2)
157—Kyle Gliva (14-7, 0-0) OR Mitchell Friedman (11-11, 0-2)
165—Grant Nehring (2-5, 1-1)
174—Blake Thompson (3-10, 0-2)
184—#7 Hayden Zillmer (21-3, 3-0)
197—Logan Paxton (5-12, 0-3)
285—Ben Tynan (13-8, 2-1)
InterMat rankings

Wt. Boise State (2-2, 0-1 Pac 12)
125—Rami Haddadin (8-4, 3-1)
133—Josh Newberg (9-10, 2-2)
141—Jake Velarde (9-9, 2-2) )OR Josh Reyes (0-2, 0-0)
149—#17 Geordan Martinez (18-5, 2-2)
157—Chris Castillo (12-7, 3-1)
165—Taylor West (12-9, 3-1)
174—Austin Dewey (13-10, 1-3)
184—Keavon Buckley (2-8, 0-2) OR Zach Coffman (1-3, 0-1)
197—Harley DiLulo (5-10, 1-2)
285—Gaylen Edmo (7-8, 1-2)

Wt. Northern Colorado (1-2, 0-1 #Big12WR)
125—Jesse Reed (5-6, 0-0)
133—Rico Montoya (13-7, 2-1)
141—Sonny Espinoza (5-10, 1-2) OR Colton Orrino (2-6, 0-0)
149—Timmy Box (20-9, 1-2)
157—Eleazar DeLuca (11-2, 3-0) OR Joe Grable (4-11, 0-3)
165—Tyler Kinn (4-8) OR Keilan Torres (8-0, 0-0)
174—Tanner Davis (4-7, 0-1)
184—Nikko Reyes (5-1, 0-0) OR Horacio Vialpando (4-8, 0-3)
197—#20 Trent Noon (16-5, 2-1)
285—Jack Kuck (6-9, 1-2)

The Series
This will be the eighth meeting between North Dakota State and Boise State … The Bison hold a 5-2 advantage in the series including a 30-12 win in Fargo last season … NDSU and Northern Colorado will meet for the 40th time … The Bison hold a 33-5-1 advantage in the series … NDSU has won five of the last nine meetings including a 23-13 win over UNC last season in Fargo.

NDSU 184 Hayden Zillmer Earns Big 12 Wrestler of the Week Honors
North Dakota State University’s 184-pounder Hayden Zillmer is the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week following a third place showing at the 53rd Midlands Championships last week … 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. 34 in WIN Magazine’s Tournament Power Index (Jan. 11, 2016) … Individually, in the InterMat.com (Jan. 12) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 16 at 125 pounds; Hayden Zillmer is No. 7 at 184 pounds … In the Asics/Flowrestling Rankings (Jan. 11), Josh Rodriguez was No. 12 at 125 pounds, Hayden Zillmer is No. 5 at 184 pounds … In TheOpenMat.com (Jan. 12) rankings, Josh Rodriguez was No. 14 at 125 and Hayden Zillmer is No. 9 at 184 pounds … In WIN Magazine’s Jan. 11) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 15 at 125 pounds and Hayden Zillmer is No. 8 at 184 pounds … In the Amateur Wrestling News (Jan. 12), 125 Josh Rodriguez is No. 14 and 184 Hayden Zillmer is No. 15.

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 from Wentzville, Mo., finished fifth at the Reno TOC, while 149-pound sophomore Kyle Gliva (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) and 141-pound sophomore Mitch Bengtson (St. Cloud, Minn.) 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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