North Dakota State 28, Stanford 13

FARGO, N.D.–North Dakota State won six of 10 bouts including pins from 174-pounder Luke Weber and 133 Cam Sykora to defeat No. 21 Stanford in a non-conference dual on Saturday, Feb. 15, before 499 in Scheels Center. It marked the fourth straight season the Bison have knocked off a nationally-ranked team.

NDSU (8-3, 4-1 #Big12WR) is scheduled to Air Force (4-6, 1-5 #Big12WR) at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, for Senior Day. The Falcons lost 24-10 at Oklahoma on Friday night.

Stanford (11-3, 4-1 Pac-12), ranked as high as No. 12 by FloWrestling.org, gained a 5-0 decision from No. 3-ranked and undefeated Shane Griffith over No. 10 Andrew Fogarty in a battle of nationally-ranked 165-pounders. Fogarty is now 16-3 overall and lost for the first time in 10 dual matches.

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Four NDSU Wrestlers Listed in NCAA Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Four North Dakota State wrestlers were listed in the second NCAA Division I coaches’ panel rankings and first NCAA RPI (ratings percentage index) released Thursday, Feb. 13. The next rankings will be released Thursday, Feb. 27, and include conference allocations.

North Dakota State (7-3, 4-1 #Big12WR) is scheduled to host No. 21-ranked Stanford (10-2, 3-1 Pac-12) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, and Air Force (4-5, 1-4 #Big12WR) at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in Scheels Center. Sunday is Senior Day.

NDSU 133 Cam Sykora (10-4 overall, 6-3 duals) was ranked No. 10 by the coaches panel, 157 Jared Franek (20-6, 8-2) is No. 18 in the RPI and No. 25 coaches’ panel, 165 Andrew Fogarty (16-2, 9-0) is No. 14 in the RPI and No. 20 coaches’ panel, and heavyweight Brandon Metz (18-7, 6-3) is No. 21 coaches’ panel and No. 23 in the RPI. Sykora and Fogarty are three-time NCAA tournament qualifiers.

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NWCA releases Mid-Major Top 20 Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania — The National Wrestling Coaches Association released its first Mid-Major Top 20 of the season on Thursday. Formulated in 2017, the Mid-Major Top 20 concentrates on the programs that fall outside of the traditional “Power 5” conferences.

The EIWA conference dominated the top 5 with four of the top five teams led by Lehigh which was ranked first. Northern Iowa was right behind the Mountain Hawks in the second position. Princeton, which just won its first Ivy League Championship since 1986 fell into the third spot. The Tigers had a win in November over Lehigh.

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NCAA releases Division I wrestling coaches’ panel and RPI rankings

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA released coaches’ panel rankings and ratings percentage index (RPI) rankings for the 2019-20 wrestling season today. The final rankings will be one of the criteria used as part of the selection process to determine qualifiers and seeding for the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The rankings are determined by a vote of 14 coaches in each weight class with two head coaches from each of the seven conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, EIWA, MAC, Pac-12 and SoCon), which is double the voters that had previously been used for the coaches’ panel rankings. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. Wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days to be ranked.

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NDSU Closes Out Home Schedule with No. 21 Stanford, Air Force on Feb. 15-16

North Dakota State (7-3, 4-1 #Big12WR) is scheduled to host No. 21-ranked Stanford (10-2, 3-1 Pac-12) in a non-conference dual at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, and then Air Force (4-5, 1-4 #Big12WR) in a Big 12 Conference dual at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in Scheels Center … Sunday against Air Force is Senior Day and the Bison program will honor 133 Cam Sykora, 165 Andrew Fogarty, 174 Lorenzo De La Riva, 197 Cordell Eaton and 285 Dan Stibral prior to the dual.

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Streaking Illinois moves into Top 25; Princeton takes first Ivy title in 34 years

Manheim, Pennsylvania — Record-setting crowds and broken streaks were the theme of the week as the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday. The tightest match between Top 10 teams over the weekend was third-ranked NC State’s 19-14 win over rival and eighth-ranked North Carolina 19-14 in Raleigh. The dual set an NC State home attendance record as 4,383 came into Reynolds Coliseum on Friday night in the first meeting ever between the schools as Top 10 programs. The Wolfpack lead Division I in dual met wins with 13 and remain unbeaten.

Top-ranked Iowa improved to 11-0 with a convincing 27-9 win at No. 22 Michigan. The highlight match there saw Michigan’s Mason Parris pin Iowa’s Tony Cassioppi in the dual’s final bout. Second-ranked Penn State improved to 10-2 after road wins at then-No. 9 Wisconsin 29-10 and No. 13 Minnesota 31-10. Fourth-ranked Nebraska raised its record to 9-3 after road wins over No. 14 Purdue 31-9 and Indiana 35-6. Fifth-ranked Arizona State (12-1) topped Little Rock and No. 24 Missouri on the road, while Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh all had little trouble in dual action over the weekend.

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