MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team enters their second dual since being voted into the top-20 last week. The Dragons fell by only one point to No. 7 ranked Minnesota State Mankato on Thursday and look to bounce back with a convincing win over the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Cougars on Wednesday night.
The Dragons battled the No. 7 ranked Minnesota State Mankato Mavericks on Thursday in a
battle of Top-20 teams. The Dragons stole the momentum early on when No. 6 ranked 125-pounder Corey Ulmer took on No. 2 ranked Andy Forstner. Ulmer worked over Forstner all match long and walked away with an 8-0 major decision. 133-pounder Evan Forde and 165-pounder Tyler Kivel each pick up major decision wins, winning 14-3 and 13-2, respectively.
Senior heavyweight Jon Swart picked up a 7-2 decision but not the major decision the
Dragons needed to tie the dual up as the Mavericks escaped Moorhead with a narrow 1-point win. Redshirt Senior Brady Schneeberger (No. 3 ranked 141-pounder in NCAA Division-II) did not compete in the dual after leaving the previous dual against U-Mary (N.D.) with a medical
The Cougars are 0-6 on the season and are 0-3 against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
opponents (Augustana (S.D.), Southwest Minnesota State and Northern State (S.D.)). In their last dual versus Northwestern University (Iowa), the Cougars fell by a final of 15-36.
The Cougars sent a split squad this past weekend and saw 125-pounder Brandon Goodwin post a 3-1 record and 184-pounder Casey Finnicum go 4-0 as well at the Central College Invite in Pella, Iowa. A separate group went to the Worthington Open in Worthington, Minn., including 197-pounder Shea Klooster who went 4-1, including two pinfalls. The Cougars come into the matchup with a young roster that includes only six juniors and seniors alongside 13 freshman and sophomores.
The Dragons have won both previous meetings in the school’s history. In their last meeting on Nov. 17, 2009, the Cougars ran into a Dragons’ buzz saw. As part of a doubleheader for the Dragons, outscored their opponents 81-11, including a 51-0 thrashing of the Cougars. The Dragons had five pins against Sioux Falls, including then senior Tim Johnson’s school record 24-second pin of Andrew Harmony.
184-pounder Jacob McLean and 141-pounder Brady Schneeberger are the only two returning Dragons with pins in that dual. Last year’s team leader in wins Corey Ulmer (21) gained a technical fall over Doug Thompson by a final of 17-0. In 11 of the 20 matches on the day, the Dragons managed a total of 65 points.
The Dragons (3-5, 1-2 NSIC) will host the Cougars (0-6) on Wednesday night inside Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. The Cougars will be joined by Minot State (N.D.) as members of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in 2012-13.