NDSU’s Metz Wins U23 Greco-Roman National Championship

LINCOLN, Neb. – North Dakota State’s Brandon Metz won the United World Wrestling Under-23 Greco-Roman national championship Thursday, May 27, and earned a spot on Team USA for the U23 world championships this November in Belgrade, Serbia.

Metz, a two-time NCAA Division I championship qualifier from West Fargo, N.D., won all five of his matches in the 130kg weight class. He beat South Dakota State’s Spencer Trenary in the best-of-three championship with a first-round win by fall in 44 seconds and a 5-0 victory in the second round of championship matches.

Metz opened the tournament with a 5-0 win over SIU Edwardsville’s Colton McKiernan, then defeated SDSU’s Bowen McConville 8-0 in the quarterfinals before a 4-1 victory over Nebraska-Kearney’s Lee Herrington in the semifinals.

A three-time North Dakota state champion at heavyweight for West Fargo High School, Metz was also a two-time USA Wrestling Greco-Roman national champion. He placed third at the UWW Senior Greco-Roman Nationals in May.

NDSU Assistant Coach Austin Marsden and Brandon Metz.

Metz will be one of seven NDSU wrestlers representing the Bison Wrestling Club in freestyle competition Friday, May 28, and Saturday, May 29:

  • Ryan Henningson at 57kg
  • Ryan Ripplinger at 61kg
  • Dylan Droegemueller at 65kg
  • Gaven Sax at 70kg
  • Austin Brenner at 79kg
  • Riley Habisch at 79kg
  • Brandon Metz at 125kg

Check out Bison Wrestling at gobison.com and on Twitter.

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