FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State wrestling team and head coach Roger Kish have announced the 2022-23 schedule, which will feature 14 duals and four major tournaments, including the annual Bison Open.
The Bison will open up the season with a trip to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the University of Nebraska in a dual to kick off the season on November 4. Nebraska had eight NCAA qualifiers last season and finished fifth overall.
The dual against the Huskers will be the first of six non-conference duals on the schedule, which also includes a visit to Fargo from the University of Minnesota on December 9. The Gophers finished 11th last season at the NCAA Championships with nine qualifiers. The dual is slated for a 7 p.m. start at the Scheels Center.
The Bison are also slated to host Binghamton and Buffalo in non-conference action on November 18 and December 11, respectively. Binghamton had four NCAA qualifiers and finished in a tie for 36th, while Buffalo had three qualifiers but did not score at the NCAA Championships. The Bison picked up convincing victories over both teams in duals last season.
NDSU will make trips to Little Rock and Stanford to close out non-conference duals on December 18 and January 12, respectively. The Bison beat Little Rock 30-9 in Fargo last season. The Bison will face Stanford for just the second time in dual history, with NDSU claiming a 28-13 win in Fargo in February of 2020. The Cardinal had five NCAA qualifiers last season and finished 19th overall.
North Dakota State will host the 51st Annual Bison Open on Saturday, November 12. The Bison are also set to compete in the Daktronics Open on November 20 before the Thanksgiving break. Freshman Michael Caliendo claimed the 165-pound title at the Daktronics Open last season as an unattached wrestler.
After Thanksgiving, the Bison will make their first trip to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational since 2019, with the event slated for December 2-3. The Bison will once again ring in the new year at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Bison took second overall last season, with Jared Franek claiming the 157-pound title.
For the second-consecutive season, the Bison will open up the Big 12 dual season against Missouri. NDSU will take on the Tigers just before the Christmas holiday break, heading to Columbia on December 20. Missouri had nine qualifiers and finished ninth overall last season at the NCAA Championships.
The Bison will meet the newest Big 12 member, California Baptist, in mid-January in Riverside, California, taking on the Lancers on January 14, two days after facing Stanford in the final non-conference matchup. The Bison opened up the dual season with a 43-3 win over CBU last year.
NDSU will host Wyoming and Utah Valley in Big 12 play at the Scheels Center on January 21 and 22, respectively. The Bison defeated Wyoming 22-14 last season in Laramie, including a pin from Owen Pentz as he was named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week following the dual. Wyoming finished 23rd at the NCAAs last season with four qualifiers. The Bison did not face Utah Valley last season, but claimed a 25-12 victory in February of 2021.
The Bison close out the road schedule with trips to Air Force and Northern Colorado on February 3 and 4. NDSU picked up victories against both programs last season in Fargo.
NDSU will close out the dual season with a pair of key Big 12 matchups. The Bison will face Oklahoma for the first time since January of 2020 when the Bison claimed a 24-15 win over the Sooners in Fargo. NDSU and Oklahoma will meet ahead of Super Bowl weekend on Friday, February 10. The dual is slated for a 7 p.m. start. The Sooners had nine NCAA qualifiers last season and finished 29th overall.
The Bison will close out the dual schedule with the annual matchup against South Dakota State on February 19 in Fargo. NDSU will look to reclaim the Border Bell Trophy after losing it last season, with the first match set for 2 p.m. this season at the Scheels Center.
North Dakota State will then look to close out the season with back-to-back trips to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Big 12 Championships and then the NCAA Championships, both slated to be hosted at the BOK Center. The Big 12 Championships are set for March 4-5, while the NCAA Championships will be March 16-18.