Five Bison Listed in NCAA Wrestling Coaches Panel Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.–Five North Dakota State University student-athletes are listed in the NCAA’s first of four wrestling coaches panel rankings released Friday, Jan. 20. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine qualifiers for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This year’s event is March 16-18 at the Scott Trade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

NDSU 125-pound senior Josh Rodriguez (Guadalupe, Calif./Righetti H.S.) is ranked No. 4. Rodriguez is 15-1 overall including 12-1 in duals with seven tech falls, four pins and one major decision. He won his first 14 matches of the season and has earned Big 12 Conference Co-Wrestler of the Week honors this season.

Cam Sykora, a 133-pound redshirt freshman from Wheaton, Minn. (Wheaton H.S.), is ranked No. 25. Since becoming eligible at the semester break, Sykora is 8-2 overall including 6-0 in duals with three tech falls and one pin.

ndsulogoNDSU 157-pound redshirt junior Clay Ream (Wentzville, Mo. / Holt H.S.) is ranked No. 8. Ream defeated three top 14 wrestlers last weekend at the Virginia Duals to improve to 16-3 overall and 11-1 in duals. He has five pins and three major decisions this season and was Big 12 Conference Co-Wrestler of the Week last week. Ream was the NCAA Elite 90 Award winner at the 2016 Division I Wrestling Championships.

Andrew Fogarty, a 165-pound redshirt freshman from Jordan, Minn. (Scott West H.S.) is ranked No. 20. Fogarty has compiled an 18-5 record including 9-2 in duals with five major decisions, four pins and a pair of tech falls.

NDSU 285-pound senior Ben Tynan (Kennewick, Wash. / Highline College / Hanford H.S.) is ranked No. 25. Tynan is 12-3 overall including 9-3 in duals with five pins and one major decision.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

NCAA Wrestling Coaches Panel Rankings

No. 24-ranked North Dakota State (10-3, 2-1 #Big12WR) is scheduled to return to the mat against Cal Poly and Bakersfield on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Righetti High School in Santa Maria, Calif.

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