NDSU Prepares for Big 12 Conference Championships on March 7-8 at BOK Center

North Dakota State finished the regular season with a 10-4 overall record including 6-2 in the Big 12 Conference … The Bison had a seven-match winning streak … NDSU is scheduled to compete at the Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championships
BOK Center / Tulsa, Okla.

Saturday, March 7
Session I – Prelims, Quarterfinals, 11 a.m.
Session II – Semifinals, Consolation, 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 8
Session III – Consolation/3rd, 5th, 7th, True, 11 a.m.
Session IV – Championship Matches, 6 p.m.

Coverage
Live results at TrackWrestling.com … Live video at Session I, II & III on ESPN+ … Session IV / championship matches on FoxSportsGo.com, Fox Sports Network channels (check local listings)

Up Next
The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are scheduled for March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The Lineup
Wt. North Dakota State Bison (10-4 duals, 6-2 #Big12WR)
125 — McGwire Midkiff (11-6 overall, 6-4 dual)
133 -– #17 Cam Sykora (14-4, 10-3)
141 — Dylan Droegemueller (12-8, 4-4)
149 — Jaden Van Maanen (11-14, 5-9)
157 — #13 Jared Franek (24-6, 12-2)
165 — #8 Andrew Fogarty (19-3, 12-1)
174 — Luke Weber (14-10, 3-3)
184 — Noah Cressell (10-10, 4-6)
197 — Cordell Eaton (11-10, 5-8)
285 — #28 Brandon Metz (20-8, 8-4)
#TrackWrestling Rankings

NDSU in Team Rankings
North Dakota State was No. 24 in the InterMat.com dual rankings on Feb. 25 … NDSU was No. 20 in the W.I.N. Wrestling Magazine dual rankings, and moved to No. 35 in the Tournament Power Index (TPI) … NDSU was No. 33 with 8 points on the TrackWrestling.com list.

Bison in the Individual Rankings
… Individually, in the Track Wrestling (Feb. 25) rankings, Cam Sykora was No. 17 at 133, Jared Franek was No. 14 at 157, Andrew Fogarty was No. 8 at 165, and Brandon Metz was No. 28 at 285;
… In InterMat.com (Feb. 25) rankings, Cam Sykora was No. 12 at 133, Jared Franek was No. 15 at 157, and Andrew Fogarty was No. 11 at 165;
… In TheOpenMat.com (Feb. 25) rankings, Cam Sykora was No. 10 at 133, Jared Franek was No. 16 at 157, Andrew Fogarty was No. 11 at 165, Cordell Eaton was No. 31 at 197, and Brandon Metz was No. 21 at 285;
… In the FloWrestling (Feb. 25) rankings, Cam Sykora was No. 13 at 133, Jared Franek was No. 18 at 157, Andrew Fogarty was No. 11 at 165, and Brandon Metz was No. 22 at 285;
… And, in the WIN Wrestling Magazine (Feb. 25) rankings, Cam Sykora was No. 14 at 133, Jared Franek was No. 15 at 157, and Andrew Fogarty was No. 9 at 165.

NCAA Coaches Rankings
Five North Dakota State wrestlers were in the third NCAA Coaches Rankings and second NCAA RPI on Feb. 27 — 125 McGwire Midkiff (31 C/—R), 133 Cam Sykora (11 C/9 R), 157 Jared Franek (21 C/16 R), 165 Andrew Fogarty (17 C/12 R) and 285 Brandon Metz (21 C/23 R) … NCAA qualifiers announced March 10, NCAA brackets and seeding March 11.

Bison Place 14 on Academic All-Big 12 Wrestling Team, Eaton Four-Time Pick
North Dakota State placed 14 student-athletes on the 2020 Academic All-Big 12 Wrestling team announced Feb. 20 … Cordell Eaton, a redshirt senior 197-pounder from Long Grove, Iowa, is a four-time Academic All-Big 12 first-team performer … Eaton and teammate 157 Jared Franek were two of four student-athletes on the first team with 4.0 GPAs … Joining Eaton and Franek on the first team were Austin Brenner, Sawyer Degen, Dylan Droegemueller, Brandon Metz, McGwire Midkiff, TJ Pottinger, Dan Stibral and Sam Stuhl … Named to the second team were Austin Braun, Andrew Fogarty, Jaden Van Maanen, and Cole Witzig.

NWCA Division II 2020 Jim Koch Hall of Fame Class includes Carlson, Kapusta, Maughan
Former North Dakota State national champions Paul Carlson and Brian Kapusta, along with current NDSU senior associate AD and former Northern Colorado head coach Jack Maughan will be inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II 2020 Jim Koch Hall of Fame presented by Sanford Health, on March 12, in Sioux Falls.

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