Franek, Weber Among Six Bison Pre-Seeded for Big 12 Wrestling Championship

IRVING, Texas – The pre-seeds have been announced for the 2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championship set to take place this Saturday, March 6, and Sunday, March 7, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. Six North Dakota State wrestlers are in the top eight in their weight classes.

North Dakota State sophomore 157 Jared Franek is No. 3, while senior 165 Luke Weber slots in at No. 4. The Bison have three No. 7 seeds in sophomore 141 Dylan Droegemueller, freshman 197 Owen Pentz and junior 285 Brandon Metz, while junior 149 Jaden Van Maanen has a No. 8 seed.

For the first time, the championship was seeded by an independent five-person panel. Iowa State and Oklahoma State pace the field with three No. 1 selections apiece, followed by two from Northern Iowa and one each from South Dakota State and Utah Valley.

The Big 12 Conference has 45 NCAA pre-allocations for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship. Six weight classes have five qualifying spots (125, 133, 149, 165, 197 and 285). The 141, 174 and 184 classes earned four allocations, while 157 collected three.

Tickets for the Big 12 Championship are available at and prices range from $11 for general admission reserved to $26 for club seats for Sessions I-III. Championship session prices range from $15 to $45. All fans will be in pod seating, which increases distancing and minimizes fan crossover when entering and exiting their seats. Fans must purchase all tickets in a selected pod group, available in select section groupings of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 seats.

Fans can follow the first three sessions on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and the championship matches are set to be broadcasted on ESPN2. Live results will be available at

2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championships Schedule (times subject to change)

Saturday, March 6

  • Session 1: Preliminary & Quarterfinal Matches [Big 12 Now on ESPN+] – 11 a.m. CT
  • Session 2: Semifinal & Consolation Quarterfinal Matches [Big 12 Now on ESPN+] – 5 p.m. CT

Sunday, March 7

  • Session 3: Consolation Semifinals, Third & Fifth Place Matches [Big 12 Now on ESPN+] – 10 a.m. CT
  • Session 4: Championship Matches [ESPN2] – 5 p.m. CT

Big 12 Championship Pre-Seeds

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