Feb 142011

Dragons Finish Off Bluehawks 22-13

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The No. 20 ranked Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team finished their non-conference schedule with a dual against the No. 14 NAIA Dickinson State Bluehawks at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse on Monday. The Dragons’ strong start held its own as the Bluehawks ran out of time, falling to the Dragons by a final of 22-13.

No. 3 ranked 125-pounder Corey Ulmer started off the dual with a rematch against the Bluehawks’ Sergio Martinez. Ulmer got on the offense early with a takedown a minute into the dual. Ulmer escaped right away in the second and returned with a takedown midway through the second period.

Ulmer matched Martinez’ takedowns with a pair of escapes and finished with 2:48 of riding time for an 8-4 decision to give the Dragons a 3-0 lead. Redshirt Senior Evan Forde kept the momentum going strong for the Dragons, taking on Kevin Hansen at 133 pounds.

Forde gained a pair of takedowns along with a two-point near fall midway through the opening period. With time running out in the second, Forde took down Hansen once again to give himself an 8-1 lead. Forde put away Hansen for good in the third with a pair of takedowns. Forde’s last takedown proved to be crucial as he gained a pin fall with only 12 seconds remaining for a pin fall win, putting the Dragons up 9-0.

After the Bluehawks gained their first win on the night at 141 pounds between Adam Orton and Connor MacGregor who was wrestling in place of No. 3Brady Schneeberger, the Dragons’ lead was cut to 9-4.

Tyler Steinwand regained control of the dual for the Dragons at 149 pounds, facing off against Jordan Ewen. Steinwand opened up the match trading a trio of takedowns with Ewen’s escapes to give himself a 6-3 lead heading into the final period. In the third Steinwand gained two more points with an escape and a penalty point to secure an 8-3 decision, putting the Dragons lead up to eight at 12-4.

No. 7 ranked 157-pounder Tallen Wald opened up the Dragons lead further when he took on Brad Steele, the Bluehawks normal 149-pounder. Wald started the match with a takedown 37 seconds into the period, gaining a two-point near fall with 43 seconds remaining.

In the second period, Wald reversed Steele and gained a two-point near fall, giving him an 8-0 lead. In the third, Wald secured the major decision, taking down Steele for the last time en route to an 11-1 win.

Tyler Kivel kept things going for the Dragons, taking on Nick Zumwalt at 165 pounds. Kivel countered Zumwalt’s takedown with an escape in both the first and second periods. In the third, Kivel fell behind 3-2 after Zumwalt escaped to begin the period. With time running out on Kivel, the 165-pounder took down Zumwalt and nearly pinned him, gaining a near fall to win by a final of 6-3.

In the 197-pound match, Brian Woelfel met with George Hargrove with the Dragons up 19-10. Hargrove took down Woelfel to begin the match but Woelfel countered with a takedown in the first period, posting a second escape in the second to tie up Hargove 2-2 entering the third.

With the match coming to an end and Woelfel trailing 3-2 following a Hargrove escape, Hargove was penalized for fleeing, sending the match into sudden victory overtime with the dual on the line. In the second overtime period, both wrestlers gained escapes to be even up at 4-4. In the third overtime, Hargrove brought the Bluehawks with in range of the Dragons with a late takedown to bring cut the Dragons’ lead to 19-13.

With the Bluehawks needing a pin fall to tie the Dragons, senior heavyweight Jon Swart took on Cody Jamgaard. Jamgaard opened up the match with a takedown 52 seconds into the match while Swart escaped eight seconds later to cut Jamgaard’s lead in half 2-1.

After a scoreless second period, Swart chose the down position looking to even up the score. Swart escaped 15 seconds into the third with the score tied 2-2. Midway through the third, Swart jumped ahead with a pair of takedowns that secured the win by a final of 6-3. The decision gave the Dragons a 22-13 win to close out their non-conference schedule.

The Dragons move up to 7-8 while improving their home record to 4-2. The Dragons finish up with their conference schedule on Thursday night when they take on the Upper Iowa Peacocks at 7 p.m. inside Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The dual with be the Dragons’ senior night where they will honor senior’sEvan Forde (133 pounds), Brady Schneeberger (141 pounds), Tallen Wald (157 pounds) and Jon Swart (heavyweight).

February 14, 2011

MSU-Moorhead 22 Dickinson State 13
125: Corey Ulmer (MSU) DEC Sergio Martinez (DS) 8-4
133: Evan  Forde (MSU) FALL Kevin Hansen (DS)  6:68
141: Adam Orton (DS) MD Connor MacGregor (MSU) 13-3
149: Tyler Steinwand (MSU) DEC Jordan Ewen (DS) 8-3
157: Tallen Wald (MSU) MD Brad Steele (DS) 11-1
165: Tyler Kivel (MSU) DEC Nick Zumwalt (DS) 6-3
174: Brady Burgess (DS) DEC Trent Sovde (MSU) 5-2
184: Steven Urquizo (DS) DEC Jacob Mclean (MSU) 9-3
197: George Hargrove (DS) DEC Brian Woelfel (MSU) 6-4
285: Jon Swart (MSU) DEC Cody Jamgaard (DS) 6-3

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