NDSU Heads West for Duals with Utah Valley, Wyoming

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State wrestling hits the road for a pair of Big 12 duals this week, traveling to Orem, Utah, and then Laramie, Wyoming, to face Utah Valley and Wyoming. The Bison take on the Wolverines of Utah Valley on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. CT at Lockhart Arena. NDSU will then face the Cowboys of Wyoming on Sunday, Feb. 4, with the first match slated for a 2 p.m. CT start inside the Uniwyo Sports Complex.

The dual between the Bison and Utah Valley will be streamed live through the Utah Valley YouTube Channel. The dual between NDSU and Wyoming will be streamed live via FloWrestling. Live results for both events will also be available through TrackWrestling. Links for coverage are available on the wrestling schedule page at gobison.com.

The Bison Lineup
125 | Ryan Henningson (Sr., Winona, Minn.)
133 | Fernando Barreto (RFr., Pomona, Calif.)
141 | #28 Gavin Drexler (RFr., Stratford, Wisc.) or Walker Bents (RFr., Glenwood, Minn.)
149 | Max Petersen (RFr., Byron, Minn.)
157 | Landen Johnson (RFr., Owatonna, Minn.) or Boeden Greenley (Fr., Lisbon, N.D.)
165 | Brendan Howes (RFr., Ramsey, Minn.) or Luke Barker (Fr., Dodge City, Kan.)
174 | #23 Gaven Sax (Jr., St. Robert, Mo.) or Mason Gode (So., Browerville, Minn.)
184 | Adam Cherne (Fr. Medina, Minn.)
197 | Spencer Mooberry (So., Osage, Iowa) or Lathan Duda (So., Broken Bow, Neb.)
285 | Devon Dawson (Jr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.)

Sax, Drexler Appear in First Coaches’ Ranking Release
In the first Coaches’ Ranking released on January 22, Bison junior Gaven Sax (174) and redshirt freshman Gavin Drexler (141) made appearances in the rankings in their respective weight classes. Sax was ranked No. 18 with 194 points, while Drexler was ranked No. 29 with 63 points.

Ranked Bison
Three Bison are ranked in the FloWrestling and InterMat rankings. Kellyn March (149) sits at #18 overall in Flo, while Gaven Sax (174) sits at #18 in Flo and #23 in the Intermat rankings. Redshirt freshman Gavin Drexler (141) sits at #28 in Intermat and #30 in the Flo rankings.

Dual Win Streaks
Gavin Drexler (141), Max Petersen (149), and Landen Johnson (157) have been carrying win streaks in dual competition for all of 2024. Petersen’s win streak is the longest, sitting at five-straight in duals, dating back to two wins on December 19. He has wins in duals against Purdue, Stanford (MD), Cal Baptist, Northern Colorado (MD), and Air Force (MD). Drexler and Johnson have each won three straight duals, including one major decision for each, coming in the dual vs. Northern Colorado.

Quick Pins
Devon Dawson (285) and Brendan Howes (165) each recorded first-period pins to help the Bison to dual victories against Cal Baptist and Northern Colorado. Dawson sealed the win over Cal Baptist with his second takedown of Chris Island, securing the fall at 2:18 on the edge of the mat. Howes ultimately scored the winning points in the dual against Northern Colorado with his takedown and pin of Derek Matthews at 1:37.

Up Next
North Dakota State will return to Fargo and the Scheels Center for one final dual this season, welcoming in the Missouri Tigers on Friday, February 16. The Bison and Tigers are slated for a 7 p.m. first match in the dual, following senior day festivities. The dual with Missouri will be televised on WDAY Xtra and also broadcast live on the radio on Bison 1660.

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