Henningson Leads Academic All-Big 12 Honors for NDSU Wrestling

IRVING, Texas – North Dakota State placed four student-athletes on the 2024 Winter Academic All-Big 12 Team, announced by the conference office on Tuesday, June 25.

Senior 125-pounder Ryan Henningson became a three-time Academic All-Big 12 performer after earning his second first-team honor. He was named first team in 2023 and second team in 2022.

Joining Henningson were three first-time recipients, with redshirt freshmen Walker Bents, Gavin Drexler and Max Petersen receiving first-team accolades.

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NDSU Finalizes Staff With Addition of Malcom

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State head wrestling coach Obenson Blanc announced the hiring of Matt Malcom to finalize the NDSU wrestling coaching staff on Tuesday, June 18.

Malcom joins the Bison after serving as the head coach and a teacher at Bellevue East High School for two years after wrapping up a decorated collegiate career as a two-time national champion and a five-time All-American at Nebraska-Kearney.

“Matt fits well into our coaching staff as he brings a wealth of experience and success as a multiple-time NCAA champion into our wrestling room,” said Blanc. “He compliments our staff well as a middleweight coach, where we have a lot of talented student-athletes on the roster and in our recruiting classes.”

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NDSU’s Sax Falls in Blood Round of NCAA Championships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – North Dakota State wrestler Gaven Sax picked up a pair of wins on Friday but fell in the blood round and was eliminated at the 2024 NCAA National Championships at the T-Mobile Center one match shy of All-American status.

Sax opened up his day by avenging an early season loss to No. 13 seed Justin McCoy of Virginia in come-from-behind fashion. McCoy scored a first-period takedown but trailing 3-2, Sax secured a takedown and a two-point nearfall in the third period for a 7-3 victory.

Later in the day session, Sax recorded his second shutout of the tournament, picking up a major decision on No. 27 seed Danny Wask of Navy. Sax recorded a first-period takedown and then 2:22 of riding time with a rideout. After a scoreless second, Sax picked up an escape, takedown, and two-point near fall before riding out the period and picking up a riding time point at the end for a 10-0 win.

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