Central Michigan tops two ranked conference opponents, moves into Top 25

Manheim, Pennsylvania – A weekend trip out east to face new conference foes was beneficial for coach Tom Borrelli’s Central Michigan squad as the Chippewas downed ranked opponents Rider 28-10 and Lock Haven 24-12 to enter this week’s NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll at No. 24.

The Chippewas (2-1) faced off with both schools for the first time as conference mates as the Mid-American Conference absorbed the Eastern Wrestling League, creating a 15-team conference alignment. Central Michigan reappears in the Top 25 for the first time since February of 2018.

A large portion of Division I competition centered around tournaments, with the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational highlighting the action and shaking up the individual rankings. The team rankings were largely unaffected.

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Three Bison Take Titles at Dragon Open

MOORHEAD, Minn.—Three North Dakota State wrestlers – unattached 133 Ryan Ripplinger, 174 Austin Brenner and 285 Dan Stibral – each won individual titles at the Dragon Open hosted by Minnesota State University Moorhead in Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Four others – Dylan Droegemueller and Sam Hampton reached the finals at 141 pounds, and Noah Cressell and unattached Gary Wokojance advanced to the final round at 184 pounds, but did not wrestle.

Combined the seven NDSU wrestlers went 16-0 in the tournament with six pins, four tech falls and a pair of major decisions.

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Fogarty Takes Fifth at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—North Dakota State 165-pounder Andrew Fogarty placed fifth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in the Las Vegas Convention Center on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Bison were 21st in the team standings with 22 points. Fogarty also placed fifth at the 2017 tournament.

North Dakota State will compete at the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Arizona State No. 5-ranked Joshua Shields jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period in the 8-2 win over Fogarty in the semifinals. In the consolation semifinals, NC State No. 17 Thomas Bullard scored 14 first period points in an 18-6 major decision over Fogarty.

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