Bison Prepare for Big 12 Wrestling Championship at BOK Center on March 9-10

North Dakota State (10-6, 5-4 #Big12WR) is scheduled to compete at the Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10, at the BOK Center in Tulsa … The Big 12 was awarded 53 automatic bids to the NCAA championships … The breakdown of the 53 automatic bids per weight class for the Big 12 Championship is as follows: 125 (5), 133 (5), 141 (6), 149 (7), 157 (1), 165 (6), 174 (5), 184 (5), 197 (7), 285 (6).

Big 12 Wrestling Championship schedule
BOK Center / Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, March 9
Session I — 11 a.m., Preliminary matches; quarterfinals
Session II — 5 p.m., Semifinals, consolation rounds
Sunday, March 10
Session III — Noon, Consolation semis, 3rd/5th place, true place matches (if necessary)
Session IV — 7 p.m., Finals

Coverage
Live scoring and video available on FloWrestling.org … Finals will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest with Chad McKee (PBP), J Carl Guymon (Color) and CT Steckel (Sideline) on the call.

Coming Soon
The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are scheduled to March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. … NCAA At-Large spots announced Tuesday, March 12, and NCAA Selection Show revealing brackets and seeds at 5 p.m. CT Wednesday, March 13, on NCAA.com.

The Lineup
Wt. North Dakota State Bison (10-6, 5-4 #Big12WR) — Page 7 NDSU at Big 12 Championships
125 – #2 Brent Fleetwood (21-3 overall, 7-0 Big 12 duals)
133 – #5 Cam Sykora (19-6, 5-3)
141 – Sawyer Degen (9-14, 1-4)
149 – #8 Jaden Van Maanen (15-11, 4-5)
157– #5 Luke Weber (9-3, 3-1)
165 – #6 Andrew Fogarty (17-3, 7-2)
174 – #6 Lorenzo De La Riva (21-8, 6-2)
184 – Michael Otomo (9-10, 3-3)
197 – Cordell Eaton (17-8, 3-6)
285 – Brandon Metz (15-10, 4-5)
# Big12 Pre-Seed

#BamBam And the Tech Falls
North Dakota State 133-pounder Cam Sykora (19-6) was listed at No. 8 in NCAA Division I tech falls with eight … #BamBam has recorded 32 tech falls in his career.

NDSU in Team Rankings
North Dakota State received votes toward the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll on Feb. 26 … The Bison were No. 25 in the WIN Wrestling dual rankings and No. 29 with 8 points in the WIN Tournament Power Index on Feb. 25 … NDSU was tied for No. 36 with 4 points on the TrackWrestling.com list on Feb. 25.

Bison in the Individual Rankings
… Individually, in the NCAA Coaches Panel Ranking (Feb. 28), Brent Fleetwood is No. 9 at 125 pounds, Cam Sykora is No. 15 at 133, Jaden Van Maanen is No. 32 at 149, Andrew Fogarty is No. 17 at 165, Lorenzo De La Riva is No. 30 at 174, and Brandon Metz is No. 29 at 285 … In the NCAA RPI (Feb. 28), Brent Fleetwood is No. 14 at 125, Cam Sykora is No. 15 at 133, Andrew Fogarty is No. 19 at 165, and Brandon Metz is No. 22 at 285;
… In the Track Wrestling (Feb. 25) rankings, Brent Fleetwood is No. 9 at 125, Cam Sykora is No. 19 at 133, and Andrew Fogarty is No. 19 at 165;
… On the InterMat.com (Feb. 26) list, Brent Fleeetwood is No. 8 at 125, Cam Sykora is No. 18 at 133, and Andrew Fogarty is No. 18 at 165;
… In TheOpenMat.com (Feb. 26) rankings, Brent Fleetwood is No. 9 at 125, Cam Sykora is No. 20 at 133, and Andrew Fogarty is No. 19 at 165 pounds;
… In the FloWrestling rankings (Feb. 25) Brent Fleetwood is No. 8 at 125, Cam Sykora is No. 20 at 133, and Andrew Fogarty is No. 17 at 165,
… And, in the WIN Wrestling Magazine (Feb. 25) rankings, Brent Fleetwood is No. 8 at 125, Cam Sykora is No. 19 at 133, and Andrew Fogarty is No. 13 at 165.

NDSU Places 11 on the Academic All-Big 12 Conference Wrestling Team
North Dakota State placed 11 student-athletes on the 2019 Academic All-Big 12 Wrestling team announced Feb. 21 by the conference office. Redshirt senior 184 Tyler McNutt was a three-time second-team pick before moving up to the first team this season. NDSU 197-pounder Cordell Eaton and 157 Nick Knutson both registered 4.0 grade point averages the previous two semesters and were two of 10 Bison wrestlers named to the first team. Eaton is a three-time selection, while Knutson made the jump to the first team this year. Joining McNutt, Eaton and Knutson on the first team are 125 Paul Bianchi, 141 Sawyer Degen, 285 Brandon Metz, 141 Taylor Nein, 174 Jesse Shearer, 285 Dan Stibral and 149 Gavin Sutton. Bianchi and Stibral are both two-time selections. NDSU 133 Cam Sykora was named to the second team.

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