NDSU Hosts 49th Annual Bison Open

North Dakota State is scheduled to host the 49th annual Bison Open at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Scheels Center (5,700) in the Sanford Health Athletic Complex … Teams expected to send wrestlers include No. 6 Minnesota, South Dakota State, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State Moorhead, Jamestown, Minot State, Itasca CC, and Northland CC.

Four Current NDSU Wrestlers Have Bison Open Crowns
Four current North Dakota State wrestlers have won at least one Bison Open individual title entering this weekend … NDSU redshirt seniors Cordell Eaton and Andrew Fogarty each have won three — Eaton all at 197 pounds, and Fogarty one at 157 and two at 165 pounds … Redshirt junior Sam Hampton won at 141 pounds in 2017 … Redshirt senior Dan Stibral won at 285 in 2017 … NDSU has had at least one wrestler earn a Bison Open title in 11 of the past 12 seasons.

Live results provided by TrackWrestling.com … Live video available for purchase on TrackWrestling.com.

The Lineup
Wt. North Dakota State Bison (1-0 duals, 0-0 #Big12WR)
125 -– McGwire Midkiff (1-0)
133 -– #9 Cam Sykora (1-0)
141 — Sawyer Degen (1-0) OR Dylan Droegemueller
149 — Jaden Van Maanen (0-1)
157– Jared Franek (1-0) OR Luke Weber
165 — #8 Andrew Fogarty (1-0)
174 — Jimmy Noel (0-1) OR #24 Lorenzo De La Riva
184 — TJ Pottinger (1-0)
197 — Cordell Eaton (0-1)
285 — #26 Brandon Metz (1-0) OR Dan Stibral

Bison Open with 24-9 Win over Cal State Bakersfield
North Dakota State won 7 of 10 matches including a tech fall from No. 12-ranked 133-pounder Cam Sykora and major decision from 125 McGwire Midkiff to defeat Cal State Bakersfield 24-9 in a non-conference dual on Nov. 3 in front of 489 spectators at the Scheels Center … It was the 34th career tech fall for Sykora …Other winners included 184 TJ Pottinger, 285 Brandon Metz, 141 Sawyer Degen, 157 Jared Franek and 165 Andrew Fogarty.

NDSU in Team Rankings
North Dakota State was No. 38 with 4 points in the WIN Tournament Power Index on Oct. 11 … NDSU was tied for No. 32 with 8.5 points on the TrackWrestling.com list on Nov 4.

Bison in the Individual Rankings
… Individually, in the Track Wrestling (Nov. 4) rankings, Cam Sykora was No. 9 at 133, Andrew Fogarty was No. 8 at 165, Lorenzo De La Riva was No. 24 at 174, and Brandon Metz was No. 26 at 285;
… On the InterMat.com (Nov. 4) list, Cam Sykora was No. 9 at 133, and Andrew Fogarty was No. 9 at 165;
… In TheOpenMat.com (Nov. 4) rankings, Cam Sykora was No. 8 at 133, and Andrew Fogarty was No. 9 at 165 pounds;
… In the FloWrestling rankings (Nov. 4) Cam Sykora was No. 9 at 133, Andrew Fogarty was No. 9 at 165, Lorenzo De La Riva was No. 20 at 174, and Brandon Metz was No. 20 at 285.
… And, in the WIN Wrestling Magazine (Oct. 11) rankings, Cam Sykora was No. 11 at 133, and Andrew Fogarty was No. 9 at 165.

Bison Rewind
NDSU was 10-6 overall last season including 5-4 in the #Big12WR Conference … The Bison placed eighth at the #Big12WR tournament … NDSU returns nine starters including three NCAA qualifiers in 133 Cam Sykora, 165 Andrew Fogarty and 174 Lorenzo De La Riva … Fogarty is a two-time Big 12 Conference runner-up at 165 … Sykora and Fogarty are both three-time national qualifiers, De La Riva has advanced twice.

Bison Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Fuller Honored Before CSUB Dual
North Dakota State 167, 174-pounder Todd Fuller was a three-time NCAA Division II national champion for Hall of Fame head coach Bucky Maughan, a member of two national championship teams in 2000 and 2001, and the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA national tournament. He was inducted into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2019.

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. Redshirt senior 184 Tyler McNutt was a three-time second-team pick before moving up to the first team in 2019. 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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