Lorenzo De La Riva was a Pac-12 finalist as a freshman in 2017 (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota State University head wrestling coach Roger Kish announced today the addition of redshirt sophomore Lorenzo De La Riva, a transfer from Cal State University-Bakersfield, to the 2018 Bison wrestling recruiting class. De La Riva will have two years of eligibility remaining.
De La Riva joins prep standouts Austin Brenner, St. Cloud, Minn. (St. Cloud Tech); Noah Cressell, Wabash, Ind. (Wabash H.S.); Dylan Droegemueller, Champlin, Minn. (Anoka H.S.); Jared Franek, West Fargo, N.D. (West Fargo H.S.), Jimmy Noel, St. Louis, Mo. (Pulaski Academy, Little Rock, Ark.), and Sam Stuhl, Elllsworth, Wis. (Ellsworth H.S.), who have already committed.
Lorenzo De La Riva, 5-11, Redshirt Sophomore, 165 Pounds/Projected at 174, NDSU,
Cal State Bakersfield / Folsom, Calif. / Folsom H.S.
2017-18 (SOPHOMORE at CSUB): Compiled a 12-14 record at 165 and 174 pounds including 5-6 in duals and 2-1 in the Pac 12 … Record included four tech falls, three major decisions and a pin … Finished with 1-1 record at Pac 12 Tournament … Placed second at the Roadrunner Open with a 3-1 record.
2016-17 (FRESHMAN at CSUB): Rolled up a 19-13 record at 165 pounds for the Roadrunners including 9-3 in duals and 3-2 in the Pac 12 … Record included five pins, five major decisions and a tech fall … Qualified for the NCAA Championships by placing second at the Pac-12 Tournament ... Defeated Keaton Subjeck of Stanford 4-2 in overtime in the semifinals before dropping a 16-7 major decision to nationally-ranked Anthony Valencia of Arizona State in the finals ... Went 0-2 at the NCAA tournament ... Earned a 3-2 mark at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational ... Placed eighth at the Midlands, winning first four matches to reach semifinals.
2015-16 (REDSHIRT at CSUB): Sat out as a redshirt in the CSU Bakersfield program ... Competed in six open tournaments and won his first 15 matches on his way to 24-4 record ... Won the 157-pound titles at the San Francisco State, Fresno City College, and Roadrunner Opens ... Moved to 165 pounds and placed third at the Wisconsin Open and RTOC ... Moved to 174 pounds for the California Open and won first matches before being sidelined by injury.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2015 graduate of Folsom High School ... High school coach was Mike Collier ... State runner-up at 160 pounds at 2015 tournament ... Sixth at 145 pounds at 2014 state meet ... Folsom took a pair of section dual championships.
PERSONAL: Son of Seth and Nikki De La Riva ... College major is kinesiology.
North Dakota State finished the season with a 7-10 record overall including 1-7 in the Big 12 Conference including top 20 wins over then No. 18-ranked Central Michigan and No. 12 Cornell. The Bison finished fifth at the Big 12 Championships led by conference runner-up performances by 157 Clay Ream and 165 Andrew Fogarty. Four NDSU wrestlers - 125 Paul Bianchi, 133 Cam Sykora, Ream and Fogarty - advanced to the NCAA tournament in Cleveland. Ream was named the Elite 90 Award winner for the third straight year.