NDSU’s Kurtis Julson, Hayden Zillmer Fight Thru Consolation Brackets to Reach NCAA Championships Medal Round

ST. LOUIS, Mo.— A pair of incredible 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships journeys aren’t over yet for North Dakota State University 174-pound senior Kurtis Julson and 184 junior Hayden Zillmer, who fought their way through the consolation bracket during session IV on Friday, March 20, before 18,761 at the Scottrade Center. The total paid attendance for the four sessions is 74,044.

Julson posted a 10-4 decision over Oregon State’s Joe Lathem, while the No. 6-seeded Zillmer upset No. 2 Max Thomusseit of Pitt by the score of 7-1 to clinch places in the medal round of the NCAA Championships that start at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Continue reading

NDSU’s Julson, Zillmer Continue Their Push Forward at NCAA Wrestling Championships

ST. LOUIS, Mo.— North Dakota State University 174 pounder Kurtis Julson and 184 Hayden Zillmer stayed alive and advanced in the consolation round during session three of the NCAA Championships on Friday, March 20, before 18,486 at the Scottrade Center.

Julson (22-10) takes on Oregon State’s Joe Latham (24-17), while Zillmer (36-4) battles No. 2-seed Pitt’s Max Thomusseit (26-2) in session four that starts at 7 o’clock tonight. Both wrestlers need to win one more match to advance to the medal round. Continue reading

Ream Wins Pair as Five NDSU Wrestlers Advance to Friday at NCAA Championships

ST. LOUIS, Mo.— North Dakota State University 149-pound redshirt freshman Clay Ream won a pair of matches in the NCAA Wrestling Championships consolation round to lead a group of five Bison that advanced during the second session Thursday, March 19, before 18,414 fans at the Scottrade Center. No NDSU wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals in the championship bracket.

North Dakota State is tied for 27th with Maryland, and Princeton in the NCAA Championship team standings with six points. Continue reading

Gophers Send Four to NCAA Quarterfinals

In addition to four Gopher seniors advancing to tomorrow’s quarterfinals, seven Minnesota wrestlers are still alive in the tournament

Minnesota wrapped up the first day of competition at the 2015 NCAA Championships with four wrestlers advancing to Friday morning’s quarterfinals. Three additional Gophers survived the first day and will work their way through wrestlebacks. With 14 team points, Minnesota sits in 11th place after the tournament’s first two sessions, nine points behind first-place Ohio State and 5.5 points outside of the top three, where Minnesota has placed the last three seasons.

Chris Dardanes, the top seed at 133, started his tournament off with a 6-1 decision over Connor Schram (Stanford) before edging Mackenzie McGuire (Kent State) in a hard-fought, 3-1 match. Tied at one, Dardanes did what he has done in so many matches this season and won the third period, securing the bout’s only takedown midway through the final frame. With his two wins today, Dardanes is now 25-0 this season. That 25-match winning streak is the 17th-longest in Minnesota history. He will face Kevin Devoy (Drexel) in tomorrow’s quarterfinals. Continue reading

NDSU Seniors Kurtis Julson, Evan Knutson Advance to Second Round at NCAA Championships

ST. LOUIS, Mo.— North Dakota State University seniors, 174-pound Kurtis Julson and 285 Evan Knutson, both won first round matches to advance in the championship bracket during the first session of the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships held Thursday, March 19, in the Scottrade Center. The second session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. tonight

Julson recorded a takedown with 5-seconds left in the second tie-breaker 2 overtime period to upset No. 10-seed Mark Martin by the score of 5-3. Julson recorded an escape in his 30-second tie-breaker 2 period. He allowed a Martin escape with 20-seconds left and then went high to send Martin to the mat. Continue reading