College wrestling: Bison's Jared Franek reaches NCAA quarterfinals
West Fargo graduate will wrestle in the national meet's third round for a third-straight season on Friday.
TULSA, Oklahoma — North Dakota State’s No. 4-seeded Jared Franek won both of his matches on the opening day of the NCAA Wrestling Championships Thursday, advancing to the quarterfinals of the 157-pound bracket for the third straight year.
Franek, a West Fargo High School product, opened Thursday with a 10-1 major decision over Corbyn Munson of Central Michigan. In the second round, he posted a 5-3 decision over No. 13 seed Trevor Chumbley of Northwestern.
Franek improved to 24-1 this season and will meet No. 5 seed Josh Humphreys of Lehigh in the quarterfinal round on Friday.
Three Bison wrestlers — Kellyn March (149 pounds), Michael Caliendo (165), and Owen Pentz (197) — are alive in the consolation brackets after going 1-1 on Thursday.
NDSU’s two other NCAA qualifiers — 133-pounder McGwire Midkiff and 184-pounder DJ Parker — both went 0-2 on Thursday and were eliminated.
The NCAA Championships resume at 11 a.m. on Friday with Session 3, featuring the quarterfinals and the consolation second and third rounds.