Mustangs Travel to Mankato for First NSIC Road Dual

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Assistant wrestling coach Jake Avre previews upcoming duals

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (5-3-1, 1-3 NSIC) will hit the road for its first road NSIC dual of the season. The Mustangs are set to take on No. 8 Minnesota State (8-4, 4-1 NSIC) on Thursday, Feb. 10 with action beginning at 7 p.m. at Bresnan Arena in Mankato. SMSU will return home on Friday for its final home dual of the season against Buena Vista (Iowa) (4-8, 2-7 IIAC) at 7 p.m. in the PE Gym.

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Four straight: CD Johnson (184 pounds) continues to roll picking up his 21st win of the season last Saturday against Kody Kalkbrenner of Minnesota State Moorhead. Johnson picked up a 10-2 major decision over Kalkbrenner, earning his fourth straight NSIC victory.

Three of the four wins came by major decisions. Johnson’s streak started with a 15-0 major decision over No. 5 Mic Berg (St. Cloud State). The senior then went on to win a 10-2 major decision over Mark Mueller (Upper Iowa), 6-4 decision over Tom Davies (Augustana) and a 10-2 major decision over Kalkbrenner (MSUM). The win over Kalkbrenner extended Johnson’s season record to 22-11. Johnson set a new career-high for wins (previously 19).

Rodas rules: Junior Brian Rodas (285 pounds) lost his first match of the season last Saturday, falling to Jon Swart (MSU Moorhead). Swart needed an extra session to defeat Rodas 2-1. Rodas was unbeaten in four previous matches. The junior has won three of his four bouts by fall this season.

The reign of Reinsma: Redshirt freshman Justin Reinsma (133 pounds) enters the weekend with a 21-10 record. After two consecutive losses, to ranked opponents, Reinsma snapped back to earn a 2-1 victory over Evan Forde (MSUM). Reinsma’s win pushed the Mustangs lead to 15-10 as SMSU went on to win the dual 18-16.

20-plus club: CD Johnson and Justin Reinsma were the first two Mustangs this season to reach the 20-win plateau. Johnson currently owns a record of 22-11 while Reinsma sits at 21-10.

Mavericks at a glance:
 The Mavericks are coming off two consecutive losses to the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country. Last Friday, Minnesota State hosted No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha and lost that dual 22-12 after owning an early 9-3 lead. Just a weekend earlier the Mavericks squared off with No. 2 Augustana College and lost that dual 21-10. Minnesota State has three wrestlers currently ranked in their respective weight classes. Andy Forstner is ranked fourth at 125 pounds. Aaron Norgren (184 pounds) and Ben Becker (174 pounds) are each ranked sixth in their weight class.

Results vs. the Mavericks:
 Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota State first met during the 1980-81 season. The Mavericks lead the all-time series 21-8, and have won the last 19 meetings between the two schools. Last season, SMSU led the Mavericks 15-11 at home before winning the dual’s final three bouts to top SMSU 22-15 in Marshall.

Beavers at a glance: Buena Vista hosted a double-header last weekend against Northwestern College (Iowa) and Morningside College. The Beavers started off the night with a 32-22 win over Northwestern before falling 40-9 to Morninside. Buena Vista had lost four straight duals before beating Northwestern last Thursday. Buena Vista has two wrestlers ranked in the Division III individual rankings. Austin Mogg is currently ranked second at 125 pounds and Brian Broll ranks sixth in the 197-pound weight class.

Results vs. the Beavers:
 SMSU and Buena Vista have competed in duals since the 1969-70 season. Buena Vista currently owns the lead in the all-time series (20-6-1). The Mustangs won the last meeting between the two schools on Jan. 30, 2010. SMSU defeated the Beavers 41-3 in Storm Lake, Iowa, winning nine out of 10 bouts.

Mustang lineup:

Wt. Wrestler
125 Travis Borchert (9-11)
133 Justin Reinsma (21-10)
141 Ethan Hildebrandt (16-8)
149 Demond Carter (3-5)
157 Casey Field (8-14)
165 William Fate (6-4) or Logan McAlpin (1-11)
174 Zach Coates (9-6)
184 CD Johnson (22-11)
197 Martin Hagen (10-10)
285 Brian Rodas (5-1)

Mavericks lineup:

Wt. Wrestler
125 No. 4 Andy Forstner (16-11)
133 David Demo (8-13)
141 Robby Fisher (11-14)
149 Jesse Westphal (13-14)
157 Tel Todd (19-11)
165 Brendan Eichmann (18-15)
174 No. 6 Ben Becker (12-5)
184 No. 6 Aaron Norgren (20-8)
197 Pat Mahan (6-6)
285 Nate Haynes (10-18)

Beavers lineup:

Wt. Wrestler
125 No. 2 Austin Mogg (18-6)
133 Mike Berardesco (10-14)
141 Tim Vore (1-17)
149 Zach Ryan (8-14)
157 Codey Schultz (4-8)
165 Dez Broeg (6-17)
174 Casey Paprocki (8-18)
184 Joe Klinkel (7-18)
197 No. 6 Brian Broll (23-3)
285 Jacob Nelson (5-13)

Last time out: The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team won its first NSIC dual of the season last Saturday by defeating No. 20 Minnesota State University Moorhead 18-16. The win marks SMSU’s first win over MSU Moorhead since the 2000-01 season.

The Mustangs and the Dragons each earned five individual wins but SMSU’s major decisions from Zach Coates, Martin Hagen and CD Johnson led SMSU to victory. The win was SMSU’s first NSIC dual victory since Feb. 13, 2010, when SMSU defeated U-Mary 25-15.

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