NDSU No. 2 in NWCA Scholar All-America Team Rankings; Four Bison Honored

MANHEIM, Pa. – North Dakota State was ranked No. 2 in the 2021 NWCA Scholar All-America team standings announced Thursday, May 20, by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

NDSU’s 3.5440 team grade-point average was second only to Long Island’s 3.5584. Cleveland State was third (3.5331), Stanford fourth (3.5010) and George Mason (3.4818) rounded out the top five the 30 teams recognized.

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Bison freshman 133 Kellyn March, sophomore 157 Jared Franek, sophomore 174 Austin Brenner and junior heavyweight Brandon Metz were honored as NWCA Scholar All-Americans.

Franek and Metz, both two-time recipients of the award, were two of NDSU’s four NCAA national championship qualifiers. Franek was the Big 12 runner-up at 157 pounds and Metz finished in fifth place at heavyweight. March and Brenner were seventh-place finishers at the Big 12 Championships.

2021 NWCA Division I Scholar All-America Awards

North Dakota State went 7-3 in dual meets and placed sixth at the 2021 Big 12 Championships.

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