NDSU Wraps Up Home Schedule With Two Duals

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State (8-3, 3-3 Big 12) will wrap up the home schedule this week, as the Bison wrestle Little Rock and Northern Colorado. The Bison will take on Little Rock (1-11, 0-4 Pac 12) on Friday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. On Sunday, Feb. 13, which will also be senior day, NDSU will take on Northern Colorado (5-4, 1-3 Big 12) to close out the weekend and home schedule.

TICKETS: Bison wrestling events have returned to full capacity at the Scheels Center this season. Tickets for NDSU home matches are available online at GoBison.com/tickets or by calling the Bison Ticket Office in the south lobby of the Sanford Health Athletic Complex at (701) 231-6378 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 3-17.

COVERAGE: Friday and Sunday’s duals will be televised on WDAY Xtra and will also be available to watch on NDSU All-Access. Zach Staton will have the play-by-play, while Nick Magee (Friday) and Jack Maughan (Sunday) will carry the analyst duties. The duals will also have live stats available through TrackWrestling.

THE SERIES (LR): Friday’s meeting will be the first all-time between the Bison and Little Rock. It will also be the first-ever meeting for NDSU wrestling with a team from the state of Arkansas. It will be the 35th state represented by opponents the Bison have face in the program’s 64-year history.

THE SERIES (UNCO): Sunday’s meeting will be the 44th all-time between North Dakota State and Northern Colorado, the fourth most played rivalry in Bison wrestling history, and the second among active opponents behind only South Dakota State, who the Bison have met 68 times. The series with the Bears has been played nearly every year since the first meeting during the 1979-80 season. The only exceptions coming in the 2017-18 and 2020-21 seasons. The Bison have been dominant in the all-time series, holding a commanding 36-5-2 record over the Bears. NDSU has won seven straight, including all four matches in the Big 12 era.

PENTZ APPEARS IN NCAA WRESTLING AWARDS STANDINGS: Sophomore Owen Pentz has made an appearance in the updated standings for the 2022 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March. Pentz, has 11 pins on the year, including 10 against Division I competition, which has him tied for second overall in Division I, just one off the lead. The top finisher over the course of the regular and postseason will receive the award.

HOME SUCCESS: North Dakota State holds a confirmed 261-91-5 (.738) record at home over the course of the program’s 64-year history. The Bison have not had back-to-back losses in duals at home since January 2019, when the Bison fell to No. 21 Iowa State and No. 18 Pitt. During the stretch since the consecutive losses, the Bison are 14-5 (.737) with four of the five losses coming against ranked opposition.

APPROACHING 100: NDSU Head Coach Roger Kish is quickly approaching 100 career victories in dual matches at the helm of the Bison. In his 11th season, Kish currently holds a 96-65 record.

NCAA D1 QUALIFIERS: The Bison have had 53 NCAA Div. I qualifiers in 14 years of postseason eligibility since moving to Division I in the 2004-05 season, including 10 qualifiers over the last two seasons. Rich in wrestling history, the Bison have also sent 26 wrestlers to the NCAA Div. I Championships from 1971 to 1991, bringing the total to 79 NCAA Div. I qualifiers in program history. The Bison have had 10 placing finishers at the NCAA Div. I Championships including an NDSU best finish of 3rd place by Steven Monk at 165 pounds in 2014. In 2015, Kurtis Julson and Hayden Zillmer both placed in the top 8.

BIG 12 CHAMPIONS: The Bison, who are in year seven in the Big 12, have had a pair of conference champions since joining the conference, with both championships coming in the last two seasons. Current assistant coach Cam Sykora took home the 133-pound title for the Bison in 2019-20 and current senior Luke Weber won the 165-pound title during the 2020-21 season.

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