MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team travels to Jamestown College (N.D.) Thursday night to face the Jimmies in a 7 p.m. showdown.
Multiple Dragons started the season on a high note as seven of the 17 wrestlers placed sixth or higher in Saturday’s Bison Open. Taking top honors was Corey Ulmer and Jacob Bennett as they both earned third place finishes in their respective weight classes. Ulmer defeated Ben Presler (4-3 decision) of Concordia in the 125 class to give the Dragon a third-place finish. Bennett took on fellow Dragon Jesse Puncochar in the third-place match for the 165 weight class. A 3-1 decision gave Bennett the third-place finish while Puncochar earned fourth.
Trent Sovde finished high in the 174 class earning a fourth-place finish. The senior went 2-2 on the day ending with an 8-2 decision against Sebastin Gardner of Concordia to give the Dragon fourth. Tyler Kivel earned a 3-0 decision over Terrance Maier for his first of three wins on the day. Kivel faced off with Maier again in the fifth-place match resulting in another Dragon victory. The 4-0 decision gave Kivel fifth place in the 174 class.
Tyler Steinwand earned five wins on the day in the 141 class. Steinwand was handed his first loss via Richard Byrd. A potential rematch with Byrd was avoided due to an injury, as Steinwand took fifth. Gerad Fugleberg was the lone heavyweight for the Dragons and earned two quick wins. Three consecutive losses gave Fugleberg a sixth place finish thanks lastly to Cody Kasprick of Concordia.
The Jimmies’ luck against the Dragons has not been good, as the Red and White have won all of meetings between the two. The Dragons look to make their win streak 13 over the Jimmies. Jamestown’s last dual was against the University of Regina at home as they won the dual, 28-21. The Jimmies took part in the Dakota Wesleyan Open, placing four wrestlers at fourth or higher. The high finisher for Jamestown was Jaykob Miller as he finished second in the 157 class.