Franek Highlights Day One of NCAA Championships as Four Bison Advance to Day Two

DETROIT – Jared Franek highlighted day one of the NCAA Division I Wrestling National Championships for the North Dakota State wrestling team by advancing to the quarterfinals on Friday with a pair of victories on the opening day at the Little Caesars Arena.

Franek is one of four Bison to advance to day two of the national championships as NDSU went 5-5 overall and sits in 24th overall with 7.0 points scored after a pair of bonus-point victories.

Franek picked up the first bonus-point win of the day with his first-round victory in his 157-pound matchup against No. 27 seed Garrett Model of Wisconsin in the daytime session. Franek dominated early with a takedown, four-point nearfall, and two-point nearfall in the first period. Franek would go on to win 10-0.

The junior would advance to the quarterfinals with a win in the evening session, defeating No. 22 seed Dazjon Casto of the Citadel with a 3-2 decision. Franek recorded a takedown midway through the first period to take the lead and limited the attacks from Casto the rest of the way. Both wrestlers picked up an escape after starting on the bottom, with Franek’s coming in the third to break a 2-2 tie.

Franek will take on No. 3 seed Jacori Teemer of Arizona State in the quarterfinal Friday morning.

Joining Franek on day two for the Bison will be 141 Dylan Droegemueller, 165 Luke Weber, and 197 Owen Pentz who all finished 1-1 on day one.

Like Franek, Weber started out the day with a victory in the daytime session, as he shutout No. 17 seed Brian Meyer of Lehigh with a 3-0 win. Weber rode out Meyer in the second round after the Lehigh wrestler started on the bottom. Weber then picked up a reversal to start the third and secured a riding time point.

In the evening session, Weber fell to No. 1 seed Even Wick by a 10-5 decision to fall into the consolation bracket. Weber will face Northern Iowa’s Austin Yant in an elimination match to begin Friday.

Droegemueller and Pentz each picked up losses in their first matches of the day. Droegemueller fell by a 7-4 decision to CJ Composto of Penn, while Pentz fell on a 5-2 decision to Thomas Penola of Purdue.

In the evening session, Droegemueller dominated Virginia Tech’s Collin Gerardi, winning 7-1 to advance to Friday. Pentz also punched his ticked to day two with his 13th pin of the season against Northern Colorado’s Alan Clothier, securing the fall at 2:13.

With Dylan Droegemueller’s win, he advances in the consolation bracket Friday morning, where he will face No. 11 seed Matt Kazimir of Columbia in another elimination match. Pentz will face No. 5 seed Nino Bonaccorsi of Pitt in an elimination match.

Brandon Metz was the only Bison eliminated on Thursday, as he fell to No. 4 seed Greg Kerkvliet of Penn State and No. 20 seed Joe Doyle of Binghamton.

The Bison will be back in action on Friday with sessions three and four. Session three is slated to get underway at 10 a.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN U. Session four will begin at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN.

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