NDSU in Brookings Sunday to Face Northern Iowa, South Dakota State

North Dakota State (1-1) is scheduled to wrestle a pair of dual meets against Big 12 Conference opponents Northern Iowa (0-0) and South Dakota State (1-1) this Sunday, Jan. 10, in Brookings, S.D. NDSU faces UNI at 4 p.m. and SDSU at 6 p.m. in Frost Arena. The event begins at 2 p.m. with South Dakota State hosting Northern Iowa.

This is the 26th meeting between North Dakota State and Northern Iowa. UNI leads the series 21-3-1 including a 21-19 victory in the teams’ last meeting Nov. 19, 2017, in Cedar Falls. … This is the 66th meeting between North Dakota State and South Dakota State. NDSU has a 43-21-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Bison have won two straight including last year’s 19-18 victory in Brookings. The teams will wrestle again Feb. 7 in Fargo in the annual Border Bell match.

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Northern Colorado enters Coaches Poll for the first time in decades

Manheim, Pennsylvania – It’s been 18,934 days since the Bears of the University of Northern Colorado were ranked in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll. After opening up their season with a victory on the road against Wyoming, coach Troy Nickerson’s squad entered at No. 25 in the latest Top 25, released Tuesday.

The school was known as Colorado State College the last time it appeared in the rankings and for decades, the Greeley, Colorado school was the flag-bearer for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wrestling scene. The 1968-69 team finished the regular season ranked No. 6, which was the last time the school spent time in the rankings.

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NDSU Tops Oregon State 19-15, Falls to No. 10 Missouri in Season Openers

FARGO, N.D. – Heavyweight Brandon Metz won the final bout by sudden victory to lift North Dakota State to a 19-15 win over Oregon State in the wrestling season opener Sunday, Jan. 3, in the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. The Bison lost their second match of the day to 10th-ranked Missouri, 38-3.

Metz, a junior from West Fargo, N.D., recorded a takedown with 4 seconds left in the first overtime period to secure a 9-7 decision over Oregon State’s Brian Barnes. Metz led most of the way before falling behind 7-6 in the third period and getting an escape to tie the score.

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Iowa is unanimous No. 1 in first NWCA Division I Coaches Poll of the season

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With the lion’s share of the abbreviated NCAA Division I wrestling season starting this weekend, the NWCA has released its first Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll for the 2020-21 season. Released weekly, the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll is based on dual meet results throughout the season.

After an undefeated dual season in 2019-20 and returning most of its starting lineup, Iowa received all 14 first-place votes and starts the season ranked No. 1 in the nation. As usual, the Big Ten dominates the Top 25 with 11 of its 14 teams ranked. The ACC and Big 12 Conferences each have four schools represented in the Top 25, while the EIWA, Mid-American Conference and Pac-12 each have two apiece.

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NDSU Hosts Oregon State, No. 10 Missouri Sunday in Season Opener

North Dakota State opens the 2020-21 season this Sunday, Jan. 3, hosting Oregon State at 10 a.m. and 10th-ranked Missouri at 12 p.m. in the Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. Both NDSU matches will be televised statewide on BEK Sports and online at FloWrestling and GoBison.com with Jordan Hassler and Jack Maughan on the call. Additional matches not being televised include South Dakota State vs. Missouri at 10 a.m., SDSU vs. Oregon State at 12 p.m. and Missouri vs. Oregon State at 2 p.m.

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