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North Dakota State Bison wrestling

NDSU Bison
NDSU Wrestling
Name North Dakota State Bison
Location Fargo, North Dakota
Team Founded 1957
Athletic Director Gene Taylor (Arizona State, 1980)
Head Coach Roger Kish (University of Minnesota, 2008)
Home Bison Sports Arena (capacity 6,000)
Conference Western Wrestling Conference
Team Record 11-7
Team NCAA Finish 21st
Information current as of March 25, 2014

The North Dakota State Bison Wrestling team is part of the athletic program at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, North Dakota. They are members of the NCAA Division I and the Western Wrestling Conference (NDSU's main conference, The Summit League, does not sponsor wrestling). The Bison are coached by Roger Kish.


  • History 1
    • Championships 1.1
  • References 2
  • External links 3


NDSU wrestling began in 1957 when head coach Tom Neuberger led the team to victory in their first dual meet against Valley City State University. Neuberger passed the coaching reins to Bucky Maughan in 1964. Since that time, NDSU has won four NCAA Division II wrestling titles, 30 individual national champions, and 159 All-Americans.[1] The first National Champions were Bob Backlund and Bill Demaray in 1971. The team has since transitioned to NCAA Division I and were first eligible for the Division I National Tournament in 2007.

The Bison have had only two permanent head wrestling coaches in their fifty year history. Tom Nueberger coached the team from 1957-1963. During that time, Don Lemnus serve as acting coach in 1961. In 1964 National Wrestling Hall of Fame member Bucky Maughan took over the program and led the team through four Division II titles and NDSU's transition to Division I. On May 17, 2011 Bucky Maughan announced his retirement. His replacement is Roger Kish, who was a two-time All-American at the University of Minnesota.

In 2013-14, the Bison wrestlng team had its best season to date. They reached their highest ranking of 20th in the USA Today polls and finished 21st in the national championship. Steven Monk finished third at the NCAA championships at 165 pounds. Monk is the eight Bison wrestler to earn All-American status and the second since the school completed its transition to Division I, after Trent Sprenkle, who finished fifth at the 125 pound weight class in 2013.

The McCormick Wrestling Complex was completely renovated in 2000 with funding from longtime NDSU booster John L. McCormick. One of the premier wrestling practice facilities in the country, it offers 6,300 square feet of space on the second level of the Bison Sports Arena, including a cardiovascular training room and a team lounge with video equipment.

The cardio room is equipped with cross trainers, a treadmill, exercise bikes, weights and television. The video room features state-of-the-art equipment, computers, stereo, television and meeting room capabilities.[2]

# Name Term
1 Tom Nueberger 1957–1960,1962–1963
2 Don Lemnus* 1961
3 Bucky Maughan 1964–2011
4 Roger Kish 2011–present
  • (-acting)

Home meets are held at the Bison Sports Arena in Fargo. The arena holds about 6,000 fans and features a video scoreboard. NDSU has hosted the NCAA Division II Wrestling tournament three times at the Sports Arena. Prior to the opening of the Sports Arena in 1970, NDSU wrestled at Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on campus.


NCAA Division II team titles: 1988, 1998, 2000, 2001

North Central Conference Division II team titles: 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004

Western Wrestling Conference team titles: (Division I): 2013, 2014


  1. ^ "NDSU Wrestling History". North Dakota State University Athletics. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ "NDSU Wrestling Facilities". NDSU Athletics. Retrieved 2014. 

External links

  • North Dakota State Bison Wrestling website
  • The Official Wrestling site of the NCAA
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