NDSU Squares off with Fresno State, Competes at CSUB Roadrunner Open

No. 20-ranked North Dakota State (2-0, 0-0 #Big12WR) is scheduled to square off against Fresno State (3-2, 1-1 #Big12WR) in a Big 12 Conference dual at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the Save Mart Center … Video available through FloWrestling.org … Live results through TrackWrestling.com … NDSU will then compete at the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunner Open at noon CT Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Icardo Center (3,495) … Live results/video through TrackWrestling.com.

Coming Soon
North Dakota State is scheduled to compete at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

The Lineup
Wt. #20 North Dakota State Bison (2-0, 0-0 #Big12WR)
125 — #23 Brent Fleetwood (2-0, 2-0)
133 — #17 Cam Sykora (2-0, 2-0) OR Nico Colunga (2-2, 0-0)
141 — Gavin Sutton (1-1, 1-1)
149 — Jaden Van Maanen (2-0, 2-0)
157 — Nick Knutson (1-1, 1-1)
165 — #12 Andrew Fogarty (2-0, 2-0)
174 — #23 Lorenzo De La Riva (0-2, 0-2) OR Jesse Shearer (7-1, 0-0)
184 — Tyler McNutt (2-0, 2-0)
197 — Cordell Eaton (2-0, 2-0)
285 — #23 Brandon Metz (1-1, 1-1) OR Dan Stibral (8-1, 0-0)
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Wt. Fresno State Bulldogs (3-2, 1-1 #Big12WR)
125 — Robert Garcia IV (3-1) OR Jeremy Trinh (0-1)
133 — Gary Joint (3-2)
141 — Chris Deloza (3-2)
149 — #16 Khristian Olivas (4-1)
157 — Isaiah Hokit (2-2)
165 — Jacob Wright (3-0)
174 — Ricky Padilla (1-2) OR Dominic Kincaid (2-0)
184 — Jackson Hemauer (4-1)
197 — Richie Brandt (0-2) OR Danny Salas (0-3)
285 — #15 AJ Nevills (5-0)

ndsulogoThe Series
This is the first meeting between North Dakota State and Fresno State.

Shearer, Otomo Second at 48th annual Bison Open
No. 11-ranked Arizona State took 7 of 10 weight classes, while North Dakota State placed five in the top three including a pair of runner-up finishes for 174 Jesse Shearer and 184 Michael Otomo at the 48th annual Bison Open held on Nov. 10, before 584 fans in the Scheels Center.

NDSU Earns 35-4 Win over Northern Illinois
No. 22-ranked North Dakota State won 9 of 10 matches and closed with a pair of falls from 197 Cordell Eaton and 285 Brandon Metz to finish off a hard-fought 35-4 win over Northern Illinois in a non-conference dual on Nov. 8, before 502 spectators in the Scheels Center.

Bison Open with 26-17 Win Over No. 17 Northwestern
North Dakota State received pins from 125 Brent Fleetwood and 165 Andrew Fogarty, along with a tech fall from 184 Tyler McNutt to defeat No. 17-ranked Northwestern in a non-conference dual on Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Scheels Center … NDSU #20 133 Cam Sykora defeated #14 Colin Valdiviez 4-0 in the nationally-ranked match-up … It is the third straight season the Bison have defeated a nationally-ranked opponent.

NDSU Takes Six Titles at Jamestown’s Jimmie Open
North Dakota State wrestlers took home six individual titles at the University of Jamestown’s Jimmie Open on Saturday, Nov. 3, including unattached 133 McGwire Midkiff (4-0); unattached 165 Jimmy Noel (4-0, 2 pins); 174 Jesse Shearer (4-0, 2 pins); 184 Michael Otomo (3-0); 197 Cole Witzig (3-0, 1 pin), and 285 Dan Stibral (4-0, 1 pin).

NDSU in Team Rankings
North Dakota State was ranked No. 20 in the USA Today/NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) Coaches Top 25 poll released Nov. 13 …. The Bison were No. 22 in the InterMat.com dual rankings Nov. 13 … NDSU was No. 36 with 6 points in the TrackWrestling.com Team Rankings on Nov. 13, and tied at No. 34 in WIN Wrestling Magazine Tournament Power Index Sept. 6.

Bison in the Individual Rankings
Individually, on the InterMat.com (Nov. 13) rankings, Cam Sykora is No. 19 at 133 pounds and Andrew Fogarty is No. 17 at 165 pounds;
… In the Track Wrestling (Nov. 13) rankings, Brent Fleetwood is No. 22 at 125 pounds, Cam Sykora is No. 16 at 133 pounds, Andrew Fogarty is No. 12 at 165 pounds, Lorenzo De La Rivera is No. 23 at 174 pounds and Brandon Metz is No. 23 at 285 pounds;
… In TheOpenMat.com (Nov. 13 ) rankings, Cam Sykora is No. 17 at 133 pounds and Andrew Fogarty is No. 14 at 165 pounds;
… In the FloWrestling rankings (Nov. 12), Cam Sykora is No. 16 at 133 pounds and Andrew Fogarty is No. 12 at 165 pounds,
… And, in the WIN Wrestling Magazine (Sept. 6) rankings, Paul Bianchi is No. 14 at 125 pounds, Cam Sykora is No. 15 at 133 pounds and Andrew Fogarty is No. 16 at 165 pounds.

Bison Rewind
NDSU was 7-10 overall last season including 1-7 in the #Big12WR Conference … The Bison placed fifth at the #Big12WR tournament … NDSU returns eight starters including three NCAA qualifiers in 125 Paul Bianchi, 133 Cam Sykora and 165 Andrew Fogarty … Fogarty was the Big 12 Conference runner-up at 165 last season … Sykora and Fogarty are both two-time national qualifiers … The Bison added a pair of transfers including two-time NCAA qualifier 125 Brent Fleetwood, along with 174 Lorenzo De La Riva from Cal State-Bakersfield.

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