NDSU Announces 2012-13 Wrestling Schedule
Release: September 11, 2012
FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State head wrestling coach Roger Kish announced the 2012-13 schedule for the Bison today. NDSU will host five duals, one quadrangular and the annual Bison Open.
NDSU opens the season with a slew of home action. The Bison Sports Arena will host the exhibition Alumni Dual on Nov. 2, and the annual Bison Open is set for Nov. 10.
NDSU's first dual of the season comes on Nov. 16 when the Bison host Boise State. NDSU will then hold the Bison Quad on Nov. 24, welcoming Minnesota, Eastern Michigan and a team yet to be determined to the Bison Sports Arena. Minnesota took runner-up honors at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
After a trip to the Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 30-Dec. 1, the Bison return home for a Dec. 9 dual with Oregon State, who placed 10th as a team at the NCAA Championships last season. Other non-conference duals include trips to Iowa State on Dec. 16 and Missouri on Jan. 19.
The Bison will close out 2012 at the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill., on Dec. 29-30, competing in the tournament for the second time.
NDSU will travel to the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va., on Jan. 11-12, where the opponents are still to be determined.
In Western Wrestling Conference action, the Bison travel to Air Force (Jan. 25), defending conference champion Wyoming (Jan. 27) and South Dakota State (Feb. 15). Home conference duals include Northern Iowa (Feb. 3), Utah Valley (Feb. 8) and Northern Colorado (Feb. 10).
This year's NCAA West Regional will be held in Laramie, Wyo., on Mar. 9. The NCAA Championships will run Mar. 21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.
"We made it a point to strengthen our schedule, and that shows with teams like Minnesota, Iowa State, Oregon State, Boise State and Missouri," said Kish. "We also thought it was important to see teams from both the East Coast and West Coast. Between the Las Vegas Invite and Midlands, our boys will have an opportunity to compete with many of the Big Ten and Big 12 wrestling programs and see the best wrestlers in the country."
"At the end of the day, we're confident our guys will be prepared physically and mentally going into the conference and NCAA Tournament," said Kish.