North Dakota State 23, Northern Colorado 15

Bison Close Strong for Win at Northern Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. – The No. 13/16 North Dakota State Bison overcame an early deficit with a strong second-half performance to defeat Northern Colorado 23-15 Saturday night at the Bank of Colorado Arena.

After #16 Stevo Poulin picked up a tech fall to defeat Carlos Negrete Jr. in the opening match at 125, McGwire Midkiff scored the first points of the evening for the Bison with a 4-1 win over Jace Koelzer at 133 pounds. Midkiff scored a takedown in the first and rode Koelzer for the entire second period to take control. He would add his escape and riding time point in the third for the victory.

The Bears would add another bonus point victory as #1 Andrew Alirez defeated #31 Dylan Droegemueller at 141 pounds with a major decision, 13-5.

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North Dakota State 32, Air Force 10

Bison Pin Air Force for Fifth Straight Win

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The No. 13/16 North Dakota State wrestling program picked up a dominating victory over RV Air Force Friday night, defeating the Falcons 32-10 in Big 12 action on Air Force’s senior night at Clune Arena.

NDSU scored three pins and also had two major decisions to pick up a convincing win and the fifth straight dual victory for the Bison, including four straight in Big 12 duals.

Starting off the dual strong for the Bison at 149 pounds, #16 Kellyn March scored an immediate takedown of Dylan Martinez and then added a four-count for back points, but March wouldn’t release the hold and eventually worked his position to secure his third fall of the year at 1:08 for an early 6-0 lead for the Bison. It is March’s ninth win in his last ten matches and the ninth pin of his career.

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Cornell remains atop NWCA Mid-Major Top 20

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Cornell, ranked in the top five nationally in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, remains atop the second NWCA Mid-Major Poll released on Friday. The Big Red are 9-2 on the season and are one of four Ivy League schools in the Top 20.

Three Big 12 affiliates – North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, and South Dakota State hold down the next three positions, while Appalachian State comes in fifth. Columbia from the Ivy League and Chattanooga from the Southern Conference break into the rankings this week for the first time this season.

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NDSU Heads to Colorado for Final Road Duals of Season

FARGO, N.D. – The No. 13/16 North Dakota State wrestling program will wrap up the road portion of the dual schedule this weekend in Colorado with trips to Air Force and Northern Colorado.

Dual Schedule
Friday, Feb. 3 – at Air Force – 8 p.m. CT
Saturday, Feb. 4 – at Northern Colorado – 7 p.m. CT

Dual Coverage
Both duals will be streamed live on FloWrestling. The duals will also have live results through TrackWrestling. Links for coverage will be available on GoBison.com.

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Penn State unanimous No. 1 after beating Iowa in battle of Big Ten unbeatens

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Penn State stands alone as the last Division I unbeaten after the host Nittany Lions topped rival Iowa in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,998 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State comes in as the unanimous No. 1 in the latest NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll on Tuesday.

Penn State (11-0) won six out of 10 bouts in the dual that tied the record for the largest indoor dual meet crowd, a record set at Penn State against Iowa in 2018. Iowa remained No. 2.

Iowa State (12-2) moved up to No. 3 after sweeping Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at home. The Cyclones topped then-No. 10 Cowboys 18-11 and the Sooners 25-12. Ohio State made the big leap in the top 10 this week. The Buckeyes (11-1) moved up to No. 4 after beating then-No. 3 Michigan 23-15 and then-No. 22 Michigan State 36-3. Michigan slid three spots to No. 6, while Cornell remained at No. 5 after EIWA wins over Army West Point and Columbia.

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No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Iowa remain unbeaten heading into Friday’s Big Ten clash

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Penn State and Iowa both passed conferences tests this past week that kept them atop the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released Tuesday.

Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center hosted the 8th largest dual crowd in NCAA wrestling history and the Nittany Lion faithful came away pleased as top-ranked Penn State (10-0) won eight out of 10 bouts to blast third-ranked Michigan 30-8.

Nearly 800 miles due west, second-ranked Iowa improved to 12-0 after thumping No. 11 Nebraska 33-6 in front of a sellout crowd of 14,905 at Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The two best-drawing schools will tangle this Friday at 8:30 Eastern at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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