Here on the top matches....
#3 Jake Bergeland Vs #7 Dylan Drogemueller
This will be a grand opportunity for Drogemueller to pull off a huge upset in front of his hometown crowd. Much easier said than done when dealing with a phenomenal talent like Jake Bergeland. I think the key here for Droegemueller is to keep this match as close as he can & rely on his skills from the top position to earn a riding time point. I don't know whether he can turn the Golden Gopher, but I do think he can ride him out. Bergeland on the other hand will want to keep this match on the feet & get to his offense early. Will be a good match.
#17 Michael Blockhus Vs U.R. Kellyn March
This match heavily favors the Golden Gophers, but I do believe Kellyn March is much better than the 4:26 he was pinned in the last time the two met. I think he can give Blockhus a much better match & I do believe he can keep it to a decision. Pull of an upset? That might be out of the question, but I do predict that he'll do much better than he did before.
#2 Brayton Lee Vs #7 Jarod Franek
Here's your marquee match fellas. This will be the match of the evening. We have an All American from 2021 taking on one of the best in the nation yet to All American, who has finished one match shy the past two seasons. Both of these guys are currently 1-1 on the season. Lee recently dropped a 2-0 decision to Kaden Gfeller of Oklahoma State as Franek lost a 7-4 decision to Peyton Robb of Nebraska. In their only meeting thus far, Lee pulled off a 6-4 sudden victory. I'd say both of these guys go into this match with a bit of a chip on their shoulders. Franek will be looking to bring the Fargo, North Dakota crowd to its feet with an upset. Yet Lee has wrestled in front of plenty of hostile crowds before.
#27 Andrew Sparks Vs #15 Mike Caliendo
Here's another match to look forward to in this dual. The last time these two met it was an exciting, high scoring match where Caliendo escaped with an 11-10 decision. Let's hope that these two put on a show once again for us on Friday.
#18 Bailee O'Reilly Vs U.R. Gaven Sax
Comparisons aren't always the way to go in wrestling, but I can't help but think that because Gaven Sax gave Jarred Krattiger a 4-2 match, that he can keep it close with O'Reilly as well. Being held on NDSU's turf, I think that'll help Sax.
#13 Isaiah Salazar Vs U.R. D.J. Parker
Here's another grand opportunity for the Bison. Currently unranked, D.J. Parker gave #13 Isaiah Salazar a 4-3 match the last time the two met. There's no reason to think that he couldn't pull off an upset. What a story that'd make for the weekend.
#28 Garrett Joles Vs #30 Owen Pentz
I've been rather surprised how well Garrett Joles has been able to own Owen Pentz on the mat. I would think that Pentz would give the Golden Gopher a better match, but so far Joles has stuck him at 4:52 & more recently shut him out with a 6-0 decision. I wonder if environment and atmosphere will make a difference. Wrestling in front of a home crowd can give someone extra motivation & see them perform at a higher level. Anxious to see how this one unfolds in Fargo.
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