North Dakota State (2-2, 1-1 Big 12) returns to the wrestling mat for the first time in nearly three weeks against Big 12 foe Fresno State (0-1) and non-conference opponent California Baptist (0-3) this Saturday, Jan. 30, in Riverside, Calif. NDSU faces Fresno State at 11 a.m. PT followed by California Baptist at 3 p.m. PT in the Van Dyne Gym. The NDSU-CBU dual will be streamed live on WACDigitalNetwork.com. The Bison were scheduled to face both teams at Cal Poly last Sunday, Jan. 24, but the matches were canceled due to COVID-19 testing protocol.
This is the third meeting between North Dakota State and Fresno State with the Bison holding a series lead of 2-0-0, including a 28-7 triumph last February in Fargo. … This is the first meeting between North Dakota State and California Baptist, which is a third-year Division I program.
125— McGwire Midkiff (1-1), Jr., Carter Lake, Iowa
133—#19 Kellyn March (2-2), Fr., Canton, S.D. or Sam Stuhl (0-1), So., Ellsworth, Wis.
141—#21 Dylan Droegemueller (1-3), So., Champlin, Minn. or Zach Watts (0-0), Fr., Fresno, Calif.
149—Jaden Van Maanen (2-2), Jr., La Crosse, Wis.
157—#13 Jared Franek (3-1), So., Harwood, N.D.
165—Luke Weber (2-2), Sr., Forsyth, Mont. or Austin Brenner (3-1), So., St. Cloud, Minn.
174—Riley Habisch (0-1), RFr., Buffalo, Minn.
184—TJ Pottinger (1-2), So., Hastings, Minn. or Luke Rasmussen (0-0), Fr., Barrington, Ill.
197—Michael Nelson (1-3), RFr., Dover, Minn.
285—#15 Brandon Metz (2-2), Jr., West Fargo, N.D.
#Trackwrestling individual rankings
Bison in the National Rankings
North Dakota State has six wrestlers in the latest Division I rankings. Sophomore 157 Jared Franek is 13th in Trackwrestling, 14th in InterMat, and 15th in FloWrestling. Junior heavyweight Brandon Metz is 15th in Trackwrestling and 16th in both InterMat and FloWrestling. Freshman 133 Kellyn March checks in at 19th in Trackwrestling. Sophomore 141 Dylan Droegemueller also slots in at 21st on Trackwrestling.
Tickets Available for Feb. 7 Home Duals
Tickets are on sale at GoBison.com/tickets for North Dakota State’s final two home duals of the season Sunday, Feb. 7, in the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. The Bison face South Dakota State in the annual Border Bell match at 11 a.m. followed by Iowa State at 1 p.m. The Jackrabbits and Cyclones will go head-to-head at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 3-17. One ticket is good for admission all day. All seating will be general admission in designated, physically distanced areas, and face coverings are required.