NDSU accomplished something on Tuesday that it never has in wrestlnig: a top 25 Division I ranking. The Bison were 24th this week in the USA Today/National Wrestling Coaches Association poll. The impetus was a 24-15 dual victory last week over previously-24th ranked Boise State.
Individually, a couple of Bison are climbing in the Amateur Wrestling News weight class ratings. Senior Trent Sprenkle moved up to sixth at 125 pounds and junior Steven Monk is eighth at 165. Senior Mac Stoll is 17th at 184 pounds. All three are returning national tournament qualifiers from a year ago.
The University of Minnesota remained in first place in the top 25 with seven first place votes. Penn State was next with three votes. The Bison are sandwiched between No. 23 Purdue and No. 25 Old Dominion. There’s still some ranked opponents ahead for NDSU, which hosts the Gophers Saturday in the NDSU Quadrangular at the Bison Sports Arena. NDSU also has No. 15 Oregon State at home on Dec. 9. The Bison are at No. 7 Missouri and No. 19 Wyoming this season.