NDSU Wrestling Heads West to Compete at Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 20

North Dakota State University (0-3, 0-0 #Big12WR) is scheduled to send wrestlers to the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Dec. 20 … Wrestling begins at 11 a.m. Central  … NDSU makes its second appearance at the event, placing fourth at the 2010 tournament … NCAA All-American Trent Sprenkle placed second at 125 and Vince Salminen was third at 157 for the Bison at the 2010 Reno TOC … Teams competing include Boise State, Cal Poly, Campbell, Central Michigan, Clackamas, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Pueblo, Eastern Michigan, Highline College, Illinois, Indiana, Menlo College, Montana State Northern, Northern Colorado, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Simon Frasier, Simpson, Southern Oregon, Southwestern Oregon, Stanford, Utah Valley and Wyoming.

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Bison in the Rankings
North Dakota State was tied for No. 42 in WIN Magazine’s Tournament Power Index (Dec. 14, 2015) … Individually, in theInterMat.com (Dec. 14) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 14 at 125 pounds; Hayden Zillmer is No. 12 at 184 pounds … In theAsics/Flowrestling Rankings (Dec. 14), Josh Rodriguez was No. 15 at 125 pounds, Hayden Zillmer is No. 6 at 184 pounds … In TheOpenMat.com (Dec. 14) rankings, Josh Rodriguez was No. 16 at 125 and Hayden Zillmer is No. 9 at 184 pounds … In WIN Magazine’s  Dec. 14) rankings, Josh Rodriguez is No. 13 at 125 pounds and Hayden Zillmer is No. 13 at 184 pounds … In the Amateur Wrestling News (Dec. 14), 125 Josh Rodriguez is No. 14 and 184 Hayden Zillmer is No. 15.

Rodriguez Records Fall, Three Other Bison Win in 24-15 Loss at South Dakota State
South Dakota State put together four straight wins in the middle weights, including one tech fall and a pair of major decisions, to defeat North Dakota State 24-15 in a non-conference match to claim the Border Bell before 942 spectators on Dec. 13 in Frost Arena … It was SDSU’s first win over NDSU since Feb. 18, 2010 … NDSU 125-pound junior Josh Rodriguez notched his third pin of the season over Ben Gillette at 4:34 … At 141, sophomore Mitch Bengtson defeated the Jackrabbits’ Seth Gross 5-4 win … North Dakota State’s 13th-ranked 184-pounder Hayden Zillmer stopped the SDSU run with a 4-1 decision against Brady Ayers … NDSU 285-pound junior Ben Tynan defeated Alex Macki 4-0.

Zillmer Seventh, Ream Eighth at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
North Dakota State University 184-pounder Hayden Zillmer placed seventh and 149-pound sophomore Clay Ream finished eighth during the final day of action Dec. 5, at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational held in the Cashman Center … NDSU was 22nd in the team standings with 37.5 points.

Trio of Bison Record Wins Against No. 6 Virginia Tech
In back-to-back fashion, North Dakota State sophomores, 149 Clay Ream posted a major decision and 157 Grant Nehring returned to the mat for the first time this season with a pin in the Bison 23-13 loss to sixth-ranked Virginia Tech on Nov. 22 … NDSU 184 Hayden Zillmer held off Virginia Tech’s Zack Zavatsky for a 7-5 decision to stay perfect this season.

Streak Stays Alive
With NCAA All-American 184 Hayden Zillmer and NCAA qualifier 125 Josh Rodriguez leading the way, North Dakota State claimed eight individual titles at the 2015 Bison Open — it marked the 10th straight season that at least one NDSU wrestler came away with a Bison Open title … Rodriguez won his third individual title while Zillmer claimed his second straight … Nick O’Brien (133), Kyle Gliva (149), unattached Andrew Fogarty (157), Tyler McNutt (165), unattached Cordell Eaton (197) and Ben Tynan (285) each won their weight divisions, while unattached Nico Colunga (133), unattached Tyler Harrington(174) and Logan Paxton (197) achieved runner-up finishes.

Four Bison Earn Wins Against Virginia
NDSU 184-pound senior Hayden Zillmer started the dual against Virginia on Nov. 6 with a 20-7 major decision over Will Schany to improve to 5-0 … The Bison lost 25-14 to the Cavaliers as 125-pound junior Josh Rodriguez posted an 8-0 major decision … Newcomer, 285-pound junior Ben Tynan and 149 Mitch Bengtson each recorded 7-5 overtime wins.

Bison Coaching Staff With a Little Virginia, ACC Flair
North Dakota State University assistant Manny Rivera was an assistant coach at the University of Virginia for one season prior to joining the Bison … Meanwhile, new NDSU assistant coach Jarrod Garnett was a three-time ACC champion and 2013 All-American for Virginia Tech.

NCAA All-American, Three NCAA Qualifiers Return for North Dakota State
NDSU returns NCAA Division I All-American 184-pound senior Hayden Zillmer (Crosby, Minn.), and three NCAA qualifiers in 125-pound junior Josh Rodriguez (Guadalupe, Calif.), 141-pound sophomore Mitch Bengtson (St. Cloud, Minn.) and 149-pound sophomore Clay Ream (Wentzville, Mo.) … North Dakota State had a school-record six national qualifiers and two All-Americans at the NCAA Division I championship last year … The Bison are coming off back-to-back NCAA West Region championships and won two of the last three Western Wrestling Conference regular-season titles.

Big 12 Adds North Dakota State to Wrestling Membership
North Dakota State along with Air Force, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming have joined Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia in the Big 12 Conference … NDSU and the other affiliate members are eligible immediately … The 10-team Big 12 wrestling championship has shifted to a neutral site and has expanded to a two-day event with the 2016 championship set for March 5-6 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

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