NDSU Wrestling Set to Compete at 54th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships

North Dakota State University (6-1, 1-1 #Big12WR) is scheduled to send 15 wrestlers to the 54th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships on Thursday, Dec. 29 and Friday, Dec. 30 … The event is hosted by Northwestern University in McGraw Hall in Evanston, Ill. … Wrestling begins at 9:30 a.m. Central on Thursday and noon Friday … Finals start at 8 p.m. Friday … Teams competing include Adams State, American, Arizona State, Boise State, Brown, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Columbia, CSU Bakersfield, Eastern Michigan, Franklin & Marshall, Fresno State, George Mason, Grand View, Harvard, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Lehigh, Maryland, Messiah, Michigan, NC State, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Ohio State, Ohio, Oklahoma, Old Dominion, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Purdue, Rider, Rutgers, Sacred Heart, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Wabash, Wisconsin, Wisconsin-Parkside and Wisconsin-Parkside … NDSU 157 Clay Ream (10-0) was part of #Midlands54 Top Contestants list.

Live scoring will be provided through TrackWrestling.com … Video will be on BTN2Go www.BTN2Go.com and TrackWrestling.com … Friday night’s finals will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

Bison at the Midlands
North Dakota State is making its sixth straight trip to the Midlands Championships with 13 top eight individual finishes … Former All-American Hayden Zillmer placed fourth last season at Midlands and became a four-time placewinner — 8th at 157 in 2012, 3rd at 174 in 2013, 4th at 184 in 2014 and 4th at 184 in 2015 … NDSU 125 Josh Rodriguez placed 3rd in 2015 and 5th in 2014 … Former All-American Steven Monk won the 165 weight class in 2013 … Monk was a three-time placewinner, finishing 4th in both 2011 and 2012 … NDSU placed16th last season with 37.5 points … The Bison placed 9th in the 2014 team standings with 45.5 points, matching the best team finish achieved in 2012, 9th with 57 points.

Bison in the Rankings
North Dakota State received votes toward the USA Today/National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Top 25 Poll for the fifth time in six weeks on Dec. 20 … NDSU was 19th in the InterMat.com Tournament Rankings on Dec. 20 … The Bison were 20th in the Track Wrestling rankings and tied for 19th in WIN Wrestling Magazine’s Tournament Power Index … In the Stat Corner powered by WrestleStat and published by The Open Mat on Dec. 20, North Dakota State ranks No. 7 among the top 20 bonus point scoring teams in Division I … NDSU has 69 bonus points in 99 matches … The Bison are behind Penn State, Iowa, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Northern Iowa and Illinois. Rankings were based on tournament bonus points, one for a major, one and a half for a tech, two for pins, forfeits, disqualifications, per match … Individually, in the InterMat.com (Dec. 20) rankings, redshirt senior Josh Rodriguez (10-0, 7-0) is No. 5 at 125 pounds, redshirt junior Clay Ream (10-0, 7-0) is No. 7 at 157 pounds and redshirt freshman Andrew Fogarty (10-1, 6-1) is No. 19 at 165 pounds … In TheOpenMat.com (Dec. 20) rankings, Josh Rodriguez was No. 6 at 125, redshirt junior Kyle Gliva (9-1, 2-1) is No. 20 at 149, Clay Ream is No. 6 at 157, Andrew Fogarty is No. 19 at 165 … In the Asics/Flowrestling rankings (Dec. 19), Josh Rodriguez is No. 6 at 125 and Clay Ream is No. 9 at 157 … In the Track Wrestling (Dec. 20) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 5 at 125, Clay Ream is No. 7 at 157 and Andrew Fogarty is No. 21 at 165 … In the WIN Wrestling Magazine (Dec. 19) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 3 at 125 and Clay Ream is No. 8 at 165 … In the Amateur Wrestling News (Dec. 20) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 5 at 125 and Clay Ream is No. 7 at 157.

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