Former Bison Wrestler Rodriguez Golden as U.S. Freestyle Team Rolls to 2019 Senior Pan Am Title

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Former North Dakota State University wrestler Josh Rodriguez won the gold medal at 57 kg as the U.S. Men’s Freestyle Team went undefeated at 34-0 and won all 10 weight classes to take the 2019 Senior Pan American Championship on April 18-21. It was the first time in the history of the event a team has gone undefeated, winning every weight.

Rodriguez, who lives in State College, Pa., and trains with the Nittany Lion WC, compiled a 4-0 record including his win over 2018 Pan American silver medalist Oscar Tigreros Urbano in the championship match.

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NDSU Adds Michael Weber to Newcomer List

FARGO, N.D.–North Dakota State University head wrestling coach Roger Kish announced that four-time Montana state champion Michael Weber (Forsyth, Mont. / Forsyth H.S.) will be joining the wrestling program in the fall of 2019. He is the brother of current Bison 157 Luke Weber.

Weber joins Corey Gamet (Jackson, Mich. / Michigan Center H.S.); Riley Habisch (Buffalo, Minn. / Buffalo H.S.) Tyler Jones (Shakopee, Minn. / Shakopee H.S.); Ty Moser (Perham, Minn. / Perham H.S.); Michael Nelson (Dover, Minn. / Dover-Eota H.S.), and Ryan Ripplinger (Bismarck, N.D. / Bismarck H.S.) will be also joining the wrestling program in the fall of 2019.

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NDSU Run Ends at NCAA Wrestling Championships

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – North Dakota State’s run at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships ended during Session IV on Friday, March 22, before 18,013 spectators at PPG Paints Arena. The Bison are 36th in the team standings with 6.5 points.

Fleetwood, a senior from Smyrna, Del., missed the All-America medal round at 125 pounds by one match. He lost a hard-fought 5-3 sudden victory-1 decision to Oregon State’s Ronnie Bresser. Bresser scored on a takedown, Fleetwood on an escape in the first period.

Fleetwood held the top position for a majority of the second period and built 1:26 riding time before gained an escape. Fleetwood escaped 10-seconds into the third and picked up a point for riding time. However, Bresser came up with a takedown in extra time to end the bout. Fleetwood end the season 27-6 and was 4-6 in three NCAA trips including 3-2 this year.

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