Bison Headed to Iowa for Pair of Big 12 Showdowns

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State (6-1, 1-1 Big 12) will hit the road this weekend for two Big 12 matchups in the state of Iowa. The Bison will take on Northern Iowa (2-5, 1-2 Big 12) on Saturday, Jan. 22, in Cedar Falls before a trip to Ames on Sunday, Jan. 23, to take on Iowa State (8-1, 1-0 Big 12). The dual against UNI is slated for a 7 p.m. start inside West Gym, while the matchup against the Cyclones will be at 2 p.m. at the Hilton Coliseum.

TICKETS: Due to a facility issue that is limiting capacity at Northern Iowa, ticket sales were discontinued earlier this year and seating will be limited to those who have already purchased tickets in advance or will be on any pass list. For Sunday’s dual at Iowa State, tickets are available in advance and at the door.

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Dragons Host Mustangs and Wolves in NSIC Duals

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team is back in action with home matches against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foes Southwest Minnesota State and Northern State this week. MSUM hosts SMSU at 7 p.m. on Thursday and then will host Northern State at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

This will be the first competition for the Dragons since the Midwest Classic in December. Junior wrestler Cole Jones finished seventh in the 133 pounds category at the Midwest Classic.

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Dual between Minnesota State and St. Cloud State canceled

MANKATO, Minn. — The Minnesota State wrestling team’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home dual with St. Cloud State scheduled for Thursday has been canceled due to COVID-19 related protocols.

The decision to cancel the dual is in compliance with the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) COVID-19 policies and return-to-play protocol.

Minnesota State’s 2021-22 schedule continues Friday, January 28 with a road dual at Minot State.

Itasca Community College Semester Recap

Last semester ended with a bang for the Itasca Vikings and so did the start of this spring semester. Itasca hosted a six-team dual tournament on January 8th in which Itasca went 3-0 as a team taking first place in the Northwoods Duals placing higher than Ridgewater Community & Technical College, Northland Community & Technical College, and Triton Community College, which is currently ranked #15 in the country for all community colleges. The Vikings beat four-year school, Carthage College, in the finals.

Itasca ended the first semester with 20 student-athlete wrestlers and a few student managers. For the 20 student-athlete wrestlers, ICC went 20 out of 20 with eligibility and retention moving into the second semester with a team GPA of 3.0 which marks one of the best retention and eligibility rates in the country. The wrestling team has rules and expectations for academic success following Coach Umlauf’s coaching philosophy of “Creating Champions of Life.”

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Monster weekend approaches for Big Ten and nation’s top three teams

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With four of the nation’s top six teams residing in the Big Ten Conference, this coming weekend will be huge for the individual and team rankings landscape as two ranked duals on Friday highlight the schedule. Penn State, ranked atop the latest NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, will travel to No. 3 Michigan in one of the year’s most anticipated duals, while second-ranked Iowa will hit the road to take on No. 6 Ohio State in Columbus.

Penn State (11-0) was bolstered by the return of Brady Berge to the lineup at 165 pounds, which helped the Nittany Lions sweep the last five weights in a 27-11 home win over then-No. 16 Rutgers on Sunday evening. Second-ranked Iowa improved to 10-0, sweeping duals on an Illinois road swing. The Hawkeyes beat then-No. 23 Northwestern 33-6 before topping then-No. 21 Illinois 36-6.

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NDSU’s Owen Pentz Named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week

IRVING, Texas – North Dakota State sophomore Owen Pentz was named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week Tuesday morning by league coaches, following an upset pin of Wyoming’s Stephen Buchanan, who ranked No. 3 in the 197-pound weight class rankings.

No. 32-ranked Pentz recorded his ninth pin of the year in 4:49, starting with a takedown in the first period, before adding an escape and another takedown in the second to open up a 5-1 lead. Following the takedown in the second, Pentz was able to secure the pin 11 seconds before the end of the period.

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