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    Ten Years of: North Dakota State Wrestling (2013-22)

    2014 NCAA 3rd Place finisher Steven Monk (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    Welcome to a new, regular feature for InterMat! Every day, for the next few months, we'll look into the recent history of a DI wrestling program with our "Ten Years of…" feature. Even if you're a die-hard supporter of a particular school, there will be good information you may have forgotten. For others, it's a quick way to learn about a program you may not be familiar with. We're going in alphabetical order for this one, so next up is...North Dakota State!

    NCAA Qualifiers (45)

    2022


    #21 Dylan Droegemueller (141 lbs); #6 Jared Franek (157 lbs); #16 Luke Weber (165 lbs); #22 Owen Pentz (197 lbs); #29 Brandon Metz (285 lbs)


    2021

    #8 Jared Franek (157 lbs); #9 Luke Weber (165 lbs); #31 Owen Pentz (197 lbs); #22 Brandon Metz (285 lbs)


    2020

    #11 Cam Sykora (133 lbs); #33 Dylan Droegemueller (141 lbs); #16 Jared Franek (157 lbs); #14 Andrew Fogarty (165 lbs); #31 Cordell Eaton (197 lbs); #20 Brandon Metz (285 lbs)


    2019

    #10 Brent Fleetwood (125 lbs); #21 Cam Sykora (133 lbs); #13 Andrew Fogarty (165 lbs); #24 Lorenzo de la Riva (174 lbs)


    2018

    Paul Bianchi (125 lbs); Cam Sykora (133 lbs); #11 Clay Ream (157 lbs); Andrew Fogarty (165 lbs)


    2017

    #9 Josh Rodriguez (125 lbs); Cam Sykora (133 lbs); #6 Clay Ream (157 lbs); Andrew Fogarty (165 lbs); Ben Tynan (285 lbs)


    2016

    #14 Josh Rodriguez (125 lbs); Clay Ream (149 lbs); #12 Hayden Zillmer (184 lbs)


    2015

    #14 Josh Rodriguez (125 lbs); Mitch Bengtson (141 lbs); Clay Ream (149 lbs); Kurtis Julson (174 lbs); #6 Hayden Zillmer (184 lbs); Evan Knutson (285 lbs)


    2014

    #4 Steven Monk (165 lbs); #13 Hayden Zillmer (174 lbs); Kurtis Julson (184 lbs); Evan Knutson (285 lbs)


    2013

    #9 Trent Sprenkle (125 lbs); #5 Steven Monk (165 lbs); Mac Stoll (184 lbs); Evan Knutson (285 lbs)


    NCAA Champions

    None


    NCAA All-Americans

    2015: Kurtis Julson (174 - 8th), Hayden Zillmer (184 - 6th)

    2014: Steven Monk (165 - 3rd)

    2013: Trent Sprenkle (125 - 5th)


    NWCA All-Americans

    Cam Sykora (133 - Second Team)

    Jared Franek (157 - Honorable Mention)

    Andrew Fogarty (165 - Honorable Mention)


    NCAA Round of 12 Finishers

    Jared Franek (2021, 2022 - 157)

    Luke Weber (2021 - 165)

    Brent Fleetwood (2019 - 125)

    Josh Rodriguez (2016 - 125)

    Steven Monk (2013 - 165)


    Conference Champions

    Big 12


    2021: Luke Weber (165 lbs)

    2020: Cam Sykora (133 lbs)


    West Region/WWC

    2015: Josh Rodriguez (125); Mitch Bengtson (141); Clay Ream (149); Kurtis Julson (174); Hayden Zillmer (184)

    2014: Steven Monk (165); Hayden Zillmer (174); Evan Knutson (285)

    2013: Trent Sprenkle (125); Steven Monk (165)


    Dual Record

    2021-22: 10-4

    2021: 7-3

    2019-20: 10-4

    2018-19: 10-6

    2017-18: 7-10

    2016-17: 14-5

    2015-16: 4-6

    2014-15: 9-4

    2013-14: 11-7

    2012-13: 10-8


    Conference Tournament Placement

    Big 12


    2021-22: 7th-tie

    2021: 6th

    2019-20: 5th

    2018-19: 8th

    2017-18: 5th

    2016-17: 4th

    2015-16: 7th


    West Region/WWC

    2014-15: 1st

    2013-14: 1st

    2012-13: 1st


    NCAA Tournament Team Placement

    2021-22: 34th

    2021: 34th-tie

    2019-20: No Tournament

    2018-19: 39th

    2017-18: 45th-tie

    2016-17: 47th-tie

    2015-16: 42th-tie

    2014-15: 23rd

    2013-14: 21st

    2012-13: 30th


    Head Coaching History

    Roger Kish (2011-Present)


    Best Lineup (Comprised of wrestlers from 2013-22)

    125 -Trent Sprenkle: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#9 seed); 2013 NCAA All-American (5th); 2x West Region Champion

    133 - Cam Sykora: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#11 and #21 seed); 2020 Big 12 Champion, 2020 NWCA Second Team All-American

    141 - Dylan Droegemueller: 2x NCAA Qualifier (#21 seed); 2x Big 12 4th Place

    149 - Clay Ream: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#6 and #11 seed); 2x Big 12 Runner-Up

    157 - Jared Franek: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#6 and #8 seed); 2x Big 12 Runner-Up; 2x NCAA Round of 12 Finisher

    165 - Steven Monk: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#4, #5, and #12 seed); 2014 NCAA All-American (3rd); 3x West Region Champion

    174 - Kurtis Julson: 2x NCAA Qualifier; 2015 NCAA All-American (8th); 2015 West Region Champion

    184 - Hayden Zillmer: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#6, #12, and #13 seed); 2015 NCAA All-American (6th); 2x West Region Champion

    197 - Owen Pentz: 2x NCAA Qualifier

    285 - Evan Knutson: 3x NCAA Qualifier; 2014 West Region Champion


    Recruiting

    Number of Big Boarder's Per Year


    2022: #92 Fernando Barreto (CA); #98 Max Petersen (MN); #126 Gavin Drexler (WI); #138 Damian Mendez (KS); #152 Landen Johnson (MN)

    2021: #57 Carlos Negrete (CA); #68 Alex Ramirez (CA); #73 Mikey Caliendo (CA); #77 DJ Parker (IL); #86 Juan Mora (CA); #104 Dom Vacura (MN); #231 Spencer Mooberry (IA); #241 Cole Gripka (MO)

    2020: #80 Kellyn March (ND); #118 Gaven Sax (MO); #159 Ryan Henningson (MN)

    2018: #37 Jared Franek (ND)

    2017: #53 Brandon Metz (ND)

    2016: #78 Colton Clingenpeel (IA); #98 Paul Bianchi (WI)

    2015: #89 Andrew Fogarty (MN)

    2013: #60 Mitch Bengtson (MN); #70 Preston Lehmann (ND); #146 Clay Ream (MO); #166 Kyle Gliva (MN); #173 Tommy Peterson (MN); #181 Cole Sladek (MN)

    For past teams:

    Air Force

    American

    Appalachian State

    Arizona State

    Army West Point

    Binghamton

    Bloomsburg

    Brown

    Bucknell

    Buffalo

    Cal Poly

    Campbell

    Central Michigan

    Chattanooga

    Clarion

    Cleveland State

    Columbia

    Cornell

    CSU Bakersfield

    Davidson

    Drexel

    Duke

    Edinboro

    Franklin & Marshall

    Gardner-Webb

    George Mason

    Harvard

    Hofstra

    Illinois

    Indiana

    Iowa

    Iowa State

    Kent State

    Lehigh

    Lock Haven

    Maryland

    Michigan

    Michigan State

    Minnesota

    Missouri

    Navy

    NC State

    Nebraska

    North Carolina

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