No. 19 North Dakota State to Compete at Cliff Keen LV Invitational on Nov. 30-Dec.1

No. 19-ranked North Dakota State (3-0, 1-0 #Big12WR) will send wrestlers to compete at the 37th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Las Vegas Convention Center South Halls … Nationally-ranked teams scheduled to compete include No. 2 Ohio State, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 Missouri, No. 9 Cornell, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 13 Virginia Tech, No. 14 North Carolina, No. 15 Purdue, No. 17 Illinois, No. 18 Northern Iowa, No. 21 Wyoming, No. 22 Utah Valley, No. 23 Northwestern, No. 24 Pitt and No. 25 Rutgers … Action gets underway at 11 a.m. Central Time both days … Live video and live results available at FloWrestling.org.

ndsulogoBison at the CKLV
North Dakota State is making its eighth trip to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational … NDSU has a pair of 13th place team finishes in 2011 and 2014 … The Bison have had 11 top eight place-winners at the CKLV including All-American Steven Monk, who placed second at 165 pounds in 2012, and All-American Hayden Zillmer, who placed third at 184 in 2014 … NDSU has had a top eight individual finish in its last five trips including 165 Andrew Fogarty, who placed fifth in 2017.

Coming Soon
North Dakota State hits the road for a pair of Big 12 Conference duals at No. 21 Wyoming (2-1, 0-0 #Big12WR) and Air Force (1-1, 1-0 #Big12WR) on Dec. 8-9.

The Lineup
Wt. #19 North Dakota State Bison (3-0, 1-0 #Big12WR)
125 — #21 Brent Fleetwood (7-0, 3-0)
133 — #14 Cam Sykora (7-0, 3-0) OR Nico Colunga (5-5, 0-1)
141 — Gavin Sutton (6-1, 1-1)
149 — Jaden Van Maanen (7-2, 2-1)
157 — Nick Knutson (4-4, 1-2)
165 — #17 Andrew Fogarty (6-1, 2-0)
174 — Lorenzo De La Riva (6-3, 1-2) OR Jesse Shearer (7-3, 0-0)
184 — Tyler McNutt (7-2, 2-1)
197 — Cordell Eaton (7-0, 3-0)
285 — #22 Brandon Metz (5-2, 1-2) OR Dan Stibral (11-3, 0-0)
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Five NDSU Wrestlers Claim Titles at Roadrunner Open
North Dakota State 125 Brent Fleetwood, 133 Cam Sykora, 141-pounder Gavin Sutton, 197 Cordell Eaton, and heavyweight Brandon Metz all won individual championships at the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunner Open held Nov. 18 in the Icardo Center … No. 20 Bison had seven top-three finishes overall including runner-up 165 Andrew Fogarty and third place 184 Tyler McNutt.

Bison Edge Fresno State 21-20
No. 20-ranked North Dakota State needed a major decision from 125-pounder Brent Fleetwood in the final bout to turn back upset-minded Fresno State 21-20 in Big 12 Conference dual on Nov. 16 in the Save Mart Center … Both teams won five matches and NDSU scored bonus points in all five of its wins with a tech fall and four major decisions … Three of the majors came over the final five bouts …. Bonus points were a factor in 9 of 10 matches.

NDSU in Team Rankings
North Dakota State was ranked No. 19 in the USA Today/NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) Coaches Top 25 poll released Nov. 27 …. The Bison were No. 22 in the InterMat.com dual rankings Nov. 27 … NDSU was tied for No. 37 with 4.5 points in the TrackWrestling.com Team Rankings on Nov. 27, and tied at No. 41 with 3 points in WIN Wrestling Magazine’s Tournament Power Index Nov. 26.

Bison in the Individual Rankings
Individually, in the Track Wrestling (Nov. 27) rankings, Brent Fleetwood is No. 21 at 125 pounds, Cam Sykora is No. 14 at 133 pounds, Andrew Fogarty is No. 17 at 165 pounds and Brandon Metz is No. 22 at 285 pounds;
… On the InterMat.com (Nov. 27) list, Cam Sykora is No. 19 at 133 pounds and Andrew Fogarty is No. 16 at 165 pounds;
… In TheOpenMat.com (Nov. 27 ) rankings, Cam Sykora is No. 17 at 133 pounds and Andrew Fogarty is No. 12 at 165 pounds;
… In the FloWrestling rankings (Nov. 26), Cam Sykora is No. 15 at 133 pounds and Andrew Fogarty is No. 11 at 165 pounds,
… And, in the WIN Wrestling Magazine (Nov. 26) rankings, Cam Sykora is No. 15 at 133 pounds and Andrew Fogarty is No. 13 at 165 pounds.

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