IRVING, Texas – North Dakota State placed 14 student-athletes on the 2021 Academic All-Big 12 Wrestling Team announced Thursday, April 1, by the conference office. All 14 qualified for the first team with GPAs of 3.20 or better.
NCAA Division I National Championships results on March 18-20, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri.
ST. LOUIS – North Dakota State saw its run through the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships come to an end on Friday, March 19, inside the Enterprise Center with losses in the consolation bracket by 157 Jared Franek, 165 Luke Weber and 197 Owen Pentz.
Franek was seconds away from a semifinal appearance before a heartbreaking 5-4 loss against top-seeded Ryan Deakin of Northwestern After leading 2-1 in the first, Franek recorded a takedown for a 4-1 lead before a late Deakin reversal cut into the lead. The third period saw a lot of action without points before a takedown by Deakin with less than 10 seconds left for the win.
In his consolation match, Franek carried a 1-0 lead into the third period against No. 11-seeded Jacori Teemer of Arizona State after a second period escape. Teemer started the third period with an escape and got a takedown in the final 20 seconds before holding on for a 3-2 win. Franek finished his season with a 13-5 record.