Bison Wrestling Set to Host No. 3 Missouri, Bison Open

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State wrestling program will open up the Big 12 slate for the 2021-22 season this Thursday, November 11, as the Bison welcome in new Big 12 Conference opponent Missouri, who returns to the Big 12 this season. The Bison are coming off a season-opening victory against California Baptist on Saturday, while the Tigers will begin their season when the two programs face off at 7 p.m. at the Scheels Center.

Following Thursday’s dual, North Dakota State will host the annual Bison Open on Saturday, November 13. The event is slated to begin at 10 a.m. at the Scheels Center, with four competition mats on the floor. The event is slated to feature wrestlers from 13 programs, including Big 10 programs Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as Big 12 rival South Dakota State.

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North Dakota State 43, California Baptist 3

NDSU Drops California Baptist With Seven Bonus Point Victories In Season Opening Rout 43-3

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State wrestling opened up the 2021-22 season on Saturday with a dominating 43-3 victory that included three pins and seven bonus-point victories over California Baptist in non-conference action at the Scheels Center in the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

Jaden Van Maanen, Owen Pentz, and Colby Evans picked up wins with pins to lead the way for North Dakota State (1-0), who improved on last season’s 30-6 victory over California Baptist (0-1), which was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Dylan Droegemueller started off the afternoon with a convincing victory at 141 by tech fall in the third period after securing a takedown and four near falls to lead an 18-2 decision over CBU’s Christian Nunez.

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Bison Wrestling to Open Season With Dual Against California Baptist

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State wrestling program will open up the 2021-22 season this Saturday, November 6, as the Bison welcome in future Big 12 Conference opponent California Baptist University for a non-conference clash. The Bison and Lancers will both begin their seasons with just the second all-time meeting between the two programs when they face off at 1 p.m. at the Scheels Center.

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Kicking off: Usual suspects atop first NWCA Division I Coaches Poll of 2021-22 season

Manheim, Pennsylvania – After winning the school’s first NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship since 2010, Iowa starts the season ranked No. 1 in the first NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, released on Monday.

The Hawkeyes went 5-0 in last year’s shortened season and returns everyone from its championships season. Rival Penn State, which also finished 5-0 last season, comes in ranked second. The Big Ten boasts 11 ranked teams in the Top 25 and half of the Top 10.

Missouri finished 10-0 last season and has made the move back to the Big 12 after winning nine straight Mid-American Conference championships. The Tigers moved to the MAC after the school left the Big 12 as an all-sports member in 2012-13 for the Southeastern Conference, which doesn’t sponsor wrestling. The Tigers left the Big 12 as its conference champions in the 2011-12 season.

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Metz to Represent Bison at U23 World Championships

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State senior wrestler Brandon Metz will represent the Bison and compete for the United States at the 2021 U23 World Championships next week in Belgrade, Serbia.

The world championships for Metz, who will compete in the 130kg weight class, will begin on Monday, November 1, as men’s Greco-Roman action kicks off the competition. The qualification rounds for the Greco-Roman 130 kg division, and four other weight classes, are slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. local time in Belgrade, which will be 3:30 a.m. CT.

“Competing for Team USA is a great privilege,” said Metz. “I remember when I first got into the sport, I always paid extra attention to the Greco team and how they were doing. I’m a sports buff and as a wrestler, I’ve always followed the US teams when competing in the world championships, whether that’s the senior level or even age level teams like cadets and juniors.”

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Expect Every Bison To Wrestle Hard For 7 Minutes

North Dakota State strives to be a top-20 team with multiple All-Americans

By Matt Krumrie

Several experienced wrestlers return for head coach Roger Kish's North Dakota State University Bison wrestling team in 2021-2022. The team is looking to use that experience to achieve even greater success this season. The Bison finished 2021 35th at the NCAA championships, 6th in the Big 12 Championships, and sent four wrestlers to the NCAA tournament.

The good news?

All four of those wrestlers are back, including Jared Franek (157), Luke Weber (165), Owen Pentz (197), Brandon Metz (285). Also back are regulars Kellyn March (133), Dylan Droegemueller (141), Jaden Van Maanen (149), Austin Brenner (174), and Michael Nelson (184).

Weber won the 165-pound Big 12 Championships and went 3-2 in the NCAA Championships but lost in the blood round, coming up one win short of becoming an All-American. Jared Franek finished second in the Big 12 championships, went 3-2 in the NCAA championships, and lost in the blood round, coming one win short of earning All-American honors. Those two are hungry and ready for redemption this season.

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