MSUM Dragons Upset No. 10 Peacocks!
Forde, Dragons Upset No. 10 Peacocks On Senior Night
MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Dragons dual season came to a close Thursday night when they took on the No. 10 ranked Upper Iowa Peacocks at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The Dragons honored seniors Evan Forde, Brady Schneeberger, Tallen Wald and Jon Swart before the dual. The Dragons rallied late and upset the No. 10 Peacocks in the season finale 25-17.
The dual started out at 157 pounds with senior Tallen Wald taking on Winston Robbins. Wald scored a pair of takedowns in the first against Robbins who countered with one escape. Robbins added one more escape in the second period but Wald put the match out of reach with a reversal just 27 seconds from the final buzzer, winning 6-2.
Tyler Kivel kept things going for the Dragons, matching up against the Peacocks’ Bryce Lumzy. Lumzy scored a takedown just 10 seconds into the match but Kivel reversed Lumzy’s attack two minutes later to end the first tied 2-2. Lumzy scored an escaped but was called for a potentially dangerous hold, awarding a tying point to Kivel.
With the match deadlocked at three a piece, Kivel scored an escape to take a 4-3 lead with only 1:27 remaining. With only four seconds left, Kivel put away the match for good, earning a takedown to give him a 6-3 lead. The Peacocks went on a run from there, rattling off wins from 174 pounds up till heavyweight, but forfeited at 125 pounds to lead the Dragons 18-12.
Senior Evan Forde tangled with No. 4 Kyle Pedretti at 133 pounds with the Dragons needing a win to climb closer to the Peacocks. Forde and Pedretti each earned escapes and were dead-locked at 133 pounds with less than one minute remaining. Neither wrestler gained a decisive point and went into sudden victory overtime. In overtime, Forde gained a takedown 30 seconds into the first overtime to upset Pedretti to win 3-1.
With the Dragons in need of a win, they turned to another senior, Brady Schneeberger met up with with Steven Baker at 141 pounds. With Schneeberger leading 13-7, Baker was unable to continue, giving Schneeberger the medical forfeit win. The win pushed the Dragons ahead 21-17 with one match remaining.
With the dual on the line, the night came down to 149 pounds and the Dragons’ Tyler Steinwand and the Peacocks’ Colby Kriegel. Steinwand gave the Dragons a strong chance after the first period, gaining an escape and a pair of takedowns.
After Steinwand escaped in the second, he took down Kriegel with 32 seconds remaining to give himself an 8-3 lead after two. Steinwand put the match away with a pair of takedowns in the third to win by a 13-4 major decision. The Dragons upset the No. 10 Upper Iowa Peacocks by a final of 25-17. SeniorJon Swart left the heavyweight match and lost by a medical forfeit decision.
The Dragons finish 8-8 on the season and 3-4 in the NSIC. The Dragons home stand on the season finishes at 5-2.
MSU-Moorhead 25, Upper Iowa 17
125: Corey Ulmer (MSU) Forfeit (UI)
133: Evan Forde (MSU) DEC Kyle Pedretti (UI) 3 – 1
141: Brady Schneeberger (MSU) med forfeit Steven Baker (UI)
149: Tyler Steinwand (MSU) MD Colby Kriegel (UI) 13 – 4
157: Tallen Wald (MSU) DEC Winston Robbins (UI) 6 – 2
165: Tyler Kivel (MSU) DEC Bryce Lumzy (UI) 6 – 3
174: Mark Mueller (UI) DEC Trent Sovde (MSU) 10 – 4
184: Mitch Schultz (UI) TF5 Jacob Mclean (MSU) 15 – 0 (5:00)
197: Carl Broghammer (UI) MD Brian Woelfel (MSU) 9 – 0
285: Zach Rosol (UI) med forfeit Jon Swart (MSU)
Upper Iowa -1 pt unsportsman like at 133