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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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