Bison Wrestling Heads to 2022 NCAA National Championships in Detroit

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State wrestling team travels to Detroit, Michigan this week for the 2022 NCAA Championships from March 17-19, at the Little Ceasars Arena.

NCAA Championship Lineup
141 | No. 21 Dylan Droegemueller | Jr. | 14-8
157 | No. 6 Jared Franek | Jr. | 23-3
165 | No. 16 Luke Weber | Sr. | 21-7
197 | No. 22 Owen Pentz | So. | 17-9
285 | No. 29 Brandon Metz | Sr. | 16-9

NCAA Championships Schedule
Thursday, March 17
Session 1 – Prelims and First Round – 11 a.m. (ESPN U)
Session 2 – Second Round and Consolation Rd1 of 16 – 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, March 18
Session 3 – Quarterfinals, Consolation Rd2 of 16, Consolation Rd1 of 8 – 10 a.m. (ESPN U)
Session 4 – Semifinals, Consolation Rd2 of 8, Consolation Rd of 4 – 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, March 19
Session 5 – Consolation Semifinals, 3rd, 5th, 7th -10 a.m. (ESPN U)
Session 6 – Championships – 6 p.m. (ESPN)

All-session tickets are available through TicketMaster. Seats start as low as $5 for the first three sessions, with prices going up for the semifinal, medal round, and championship sessions. To view all ticket options and availability, visit

Franek Headlines Five NDSU Qualifiers
No. 6 seed Jared Franek (157, 23-3) is one of five NCAA qualifiers for the Bison, the third-most in the NCAA Division I era behind six in 2015 and 2020 (not competed due to COVID-19 pandemic).

Franek is joined by No. 16 seed Luke Weber (165, 21-7), No. 21 seed Dylan Droegemueller (141, 14-8), No. 22 seed Owen Pentz (197, 17-7) and No. 29 seed Brandon Metz (285, 16-9). The Bison also have a first alternate at 133 in Kellyn March.

Pentz Sixth In NCAA Wrestling Awards Standings for Pins
Sophomore Owen Pentz enters the national championships ranked sixth overall in the standings for the 2022 NCAA Wrestling Awards. Pentz, has 12 pins on the year, including 11 against Division I competition, which is sixth among all wrestlers and the top wrestler at 197 pounds. Pentz is the only wrestler in the 197-pound class in Division I to have double-digit pins or appear in the rankings. The top finisher over the course of the entire season (regular and postseason) will receive the award.

NCAA D1 Qualifiers
The Bison have had 58 NCAA Div. I qualifiers in 14 years of postseason eligibility since moving to Division I in the 2004-05 season, including 15 qualifiers over the last three 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 84 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.

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