No. 23 North Dakota State Hosts Utah Valley on Friday

North Dakota State (12-3, 2-1 #Big12WR) is scheduled to host Utah Valley University (4-3, 1-1 #Big12WR) at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex … The NDSU wrestling program will be honoring four seniors, 125 Josh Rodriguez, 149 Nate Rykerd, 184 Logan Paxton and 285 Ben Tynan, prior to the match.

This will be the 11th meeting between North Dakota State and Utah Valley on the mat … The Bison lead the series 9-1 and have won the last five in a row including a 24-13 win during the 2014-15 season in Fargo … The lone Utah Valley win in the series came in 2009 when the Wolverines won 18-15 in Fargo.

Coverage: 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.

Lineups
Wt. #23 North Dakota State (12-3, 2-1 #Big12WR)
125 — #4 Josh Rodriguez (17-1, 14-1)
133 — #25 Cam Sykora (10-2, 8-0)
141 — Taylor Nein (8-11, 5-9)
149 — Mitch Friedman (13-8, 7-5) OR Kyle Gliva (9-4, 2-2)
157 — #8 Clay Ream (18-3, 13-1)
165 — #20 Andrew Fogarty (19-6, 10-3)
174 — Dylan Urbach (10-6, 5-3)
184 — Tyler McNutt (10-10, 7-8) OR Logan Paxton (9-2, 0-0)
197 — Cordell Eaton (12-9, 8-7)
285 — #25 Ben Tynan (14-3, 11-3) OR Dan Stibral (7-6, 1-0)

Wt. Utah Valley (4-3, 1-1 #Big12WR)
125 — Mitch Brown (13-9, 5-2) OR Tyler Scott (2-8, 0-0)
133 — Jarod Maynes (10-12, 3-4)
141 — Trevor Willson (6-11, 1-5) OR Chase Call (9-10, 0-1)
149 — Grat LaMont (13-11, 3-4)
157 — Raider Lofthouse (13-9, 3-4)
165 — Koy Wilkinson (12-12, 3-4) OR Dalton Harmon (2-4, 0-0)
174 — #31 Kimball Bastian (17-9, 5-2)
184 — Will Sumner (11-11, 3-4)
197 — #24 Tanner Orndorff (18-10, 6-1)
285 — Dustin Dennison (18-6, 5-2) OR Jordan Karst (21-5, 0-0)

Bison in the Rankings

North Dakota State remained No. 23 in the USA Today/National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Coaches Top 25 Poll on Jan. 31 … The Bison were 21st in the tournament and 23rd in the dual rankings compiled by InterMat.com, tied for 18th in the Track Wrestling rankings and 19th in WIN Wrestling Magazine’s Tournament Power Index and 20th on the dual charts.

Individually, in the NCAA wrestling coaches panel rankings (Jan. 20), redshirt senior Josh Rodriguez (17-1 overall, 14-1 duals) is No. 4 at 125 pounds; redshirt freshman Cam Sykora (10-2, 8-0) is No. 25 at 133 pounds; redshirt junior Clay Ream (18-3, 13-1) is No. 8 at 157 pounds; redshirt freshman Andrew Fogarty (19-6, 10-3) is No. 20 at 165 pounds, and senior Ben Tynan (14-3, 11-3) is No. 25 at 285 pounds…

  • In the InterMat.com (Jan. 31) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 4 at 125 pounds and Clay Ream is No. 8 at 157 pounds.
  • In TheOpenMat.com (Jan. 31) rankings, Josh Rodriguez was No. 7 at 125 pounds and Clay Ream is No. 9 at 157 pounds.
  • In the Asics/Flowrestling rankings (Jan. 30), Josh Rodriguez is No. 8 at 125 pounds and Clay Ream is No. 10 at 157 pounds.
  • In the Track Wrestling (Jan. 31) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 4 at 125 pounds, Clay Ream is No. 8 at 157 pounds, and Andrew Fogarty is No. 21 at 165 pounds.
  • In the Amateur Wrestling News (Jan. 31) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 8 at 125 pounds, Clay Ream is No. 12 at 157 pounds, and Andrew Fogarty is No. 18 at 165 pounds.
  • And, in the WIN Wrestling Magazine (Jan. 30) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 4 at 125 pounds and Clay Ream is No. 8 at 157 pounds.

Tynan Named Big 12 Conference Co-Wrestler of the Week

North Dakota State 285-pounder Ben Tynan was named Big 12 Conference Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 30 … He earned the honor for the first time in his career … Tynan, a senior from Kennewick, Wash., won a pair of matches including his sixth pin of the season over CSU Bakersfield’s Alex Encarnacion-Strand.

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