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Cure that holiday hangover with a little wrestling. North Dakota State and soon to be Division I Augustana square off on Sunday afternoon. Here's a few reasons you're going to want to watch.
Sunday, December 1 at 2 pm CST
Support Augustana’s transition
Do you like and want to support new Division I wrestling programs? Then tune in! In December of 2018, Augustana athletics announced it will transition to Division I starting in the 2021-22 season. Augustans is one of several new/transitioning Division I programs. Arkansas Little Rock is in their inaugural season and is 1-0! Presbyterian and Long Island University are also in their first season as DI teams. Cal Baptist University is currently in their second season as a D1 team, but won’t be eligible for postseason action until the 2022-23 season.
Another good cause!
In addition to new D1 wrestling programs, surely you support cancer research and patient aid programs? Well Sunday’s dual is NDSU’s Take Down Cancer Match presented by Sanford Health. That's two good causes in one, baby!
Four ranked wrestlers
NDSU will come in with three ranked wrestlers, including two in the top 10, while Augustana one wrestler in the DII rankings.
Cam Sykora - #8 at 133
Andrew Fogarty - #8 at 165
Brandon Metz - #19 at 285
Hunter Burnett - #19 at 141
Watch Andrew Fogarty dish out some pain and pick up his third pin of the season against Shayne Oster of Northwestern last Sunday.
Reintroduction of a rivalry?
These two schools actually have a little bit of a history dating back to when NDSU was Division II. They have wrestling 39 times with the first coming in the 1963-64 season. Despite the fact that this is the first time since 2004 that Augustana and NDSU are wrestling, now that these two border states are back in the same division, this could be the reintroduction of a rivalry.