Petersen Named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week

IRVING, Texas – North Dakota State wrestler Max Petersen has been named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for the first time in his career, the league office announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Petersen claimed an individual title at the Bison Open after three wins in the 149-pound bracket. After defeating Minnesota’s Theo Cha in his opener, Petersen then gained control of his match with No. 11 Kellyn March before winning by injury late in the first period.

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NDSU’s Sax Named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week

IRVING, Texas – North Dakota State wrestler Gaven Sax has been named the Big 12 Co-Wrestler of the Week, announced the conference office on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Sax shares the honor alongside West Virginia’s Jett Strickenberger.

Sax earned the first Big 12 Wrestler of the Week of the season after he took down then-No. 20 Elise Brown Ton of Nebraska in the 174-pound match of Saturday’s dual. The junior rallied from a 3-1 deficit to begin the third period. Sax responded with a reversal to start the final period, followed by a four-point nearfall and eventually seeing out a riding time point to secure an 8-3 decision. It was Sax’s third ranked victory of his career.

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NDSU’s Franek Named Big 12 Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year

IRVING, Texas – North Dakota State wrestling’s Jared Franek has been honored as the Big 12 Conference Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year, league officials announced on Friday after a vote of the conference’s head coaches.

A senior from Harwood, North Dakota, Franek has maintained a 4.00 grade-point average as he works towards a Master’s of Business Administration while obtaining NCAA All-American honors on the mat this season, along with his first Big 12 Wrestling Championship at 157 pounds. Franek posted a 27-3 record, including going undefeated in Big 12 duals and the Big 12 Tournament.

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11 Bison Wrestlers Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors

IRVING, Texas – North Dakota State wrestling had 11 Bison named to the 2023 Winter Academic All-Big 12 Team Wednesday, announced the conference office.

The Bison had nine student-athletes named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, while two more Bison were tabbed with Academic All-Big 12 Second Team honors.

Leading the way for honorees is Jared Franek and Dylan Droegemueller, who become four-time recipients of the honor, as both Bison have been named to the first team all four years.

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Big 12 Championship Seeds Announced

IRVING, Texas – The Conference announced on Monday the pre-seeds for the 2023 Big 12 Wrestling Championship, which is set to take place March 4-5 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Missouri led the Big 12 in selections and top seeds as its entire lineup received selections, highlighted by No. 1-seeded Brock Mauller (149 pounds) and Peyton Mocco (174). Oklahoma State and West Virginia each had nine seeds, while South Dakota State followed with eight.

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Caliendo Named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week After Defeating National Champion

IRVING, Texas – North Dakota State wrestling’s Michael Caliendo has been named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week following his performance last week in two duals, including a victory over a past national champion.

Caliendo started off the week by defeating #2 Shane Griffith, 2021 NCAA champion, with two takedowns in a 6-3 decision to help the Bison to a win over Stanford on Thursday. He avenged a 3-2 loss in the 165-pound Southern Scuffle finals to Griffith two weeks ago.

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