NCAA President Mark Emmert’s statement on limiting attendance at NCAA events

The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance. While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.

-NCAA President Mark Emmert

Six Bison Qualify for NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship on March 19-21

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship committee announced the qualifiers for this year’s tournament on Tuesday, March 10, and six North Dakota State University wrestlers, 133-pounder Cam Sykora, 141 Dylan Droegemueller, 157 Jared Franek, 165 Andrew Fogarty, 197 Cordell Eaton and 285 Brandon Metz are on the list.

Brackets and seeding for the NCAA Championship will be announced Wednesday, March 11, during the NCAA Selection Show on NCAA.com.

The NCAA tournament is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, through Saturday, March 21, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

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NCAA announces at-large selections for Division I wrestling championships

Gophers receive four at-large bids

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA announced the 48 at-large selections for the 2020 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Minneapolis.

The wrestlers, listed in alphabetical order by weight class, join the 282 student-athletes that qualified automatically through their conference tournament finishes last weekend.  The at-large selections were made by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee using the following selection criteria: head-to-head competition, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, rating percentage index, coaches ranking and conference tournament finish.

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NCAA standings for Division I Most Dominant Wrestler, most falls and most tech falls set heading into national championships

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March at the Division I Wrestling Championships. Both all-session and single-session tickets are still available for the event at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at ncaa.com/wrestling.

The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 wrestling championships. The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons.

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Sykora NDSU’s First-Ever Big 12 Champion, Fogarty Runner-up for Third Straight Season

TULSA, Okla. – North Dakota State 133-pounder Cam Sykora became the program’s first-ever Big 12 Conference champion and 165 Andrew Fogarty was runner-up for the third straight season to highlight the second day of the Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championships on Sunday, March 8, in the BOK Center. NDSU placed fifth with 90.5 points in the team standings and recorded its highest point total in five trips.

Sykora, a redshirt senior from Wheaton, Minn., won the title with a 5-4 decision over Northern Colorado’s Mosha Schwartz. Sykora gained a takedown with 1:06 left in the first period for a 2-0 lead and went up 3-0 on an escape to start the second.

However, Schwartz countered with a pair of takedowns and Sykora escaped twice to make it 5-4. A challenge took a Sykora takedown with 10-seconds left in the second. The wrestlers battled through a scoreless third. Sykora went 3-0 at the tournament and improved to 17-4 overall. He had an 11-5 Big 12 tournament record.

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Sykora, Fogarty Advance to Finals at NDSU Big 12 Wrestling Championship

TULSA, Okla. – North Dakota State 133-pounder Cam Sykora and 165 Andrew Fogarty both advanced to the finals and three others are still alive in the consolation bracket after the first day of the Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 7, in the BOK Center. The Bison are fifth in the team standings with 74.5 points. Oklahoma State is first with 111.5 points.

Action gets underway with Session III at 11 a.m. and Session IV with the finals at 6 p.m. on Sunday in the BOK Center.

Fogarty, a redshirt senior from Jordan, Minn., was workmanlike in putting together 10-0 major decision over Adam Kemp of Fresno State and flirting with a tech fall in the 15-2 major over Iowa State’s Chase Straw. He advances to the championship match at 165 pounds for the third straight season and will face Travis Wittlake of Oklahoma State. The pair haven’t wrestled this season.

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