MOORHEAD, Minn. – An 8th street rivalry dual between Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia on Tuesday night will better prepare the Dragons for their last open tournament of the wrestling season, the Husky Open, on December 10.
Kris Nelson leads his team of wrestlers into Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse Tuesday night for the team’s second dual of the season. At 7 p.m. the Dragons look to answer the Cobbers’ 21-12 dual win from last season. The all-time series record belongs to the Dragons who have a commanding lead. The Red and White own the series with a 44-16 record.
After the rivalry match-up Tuesday, the Dragons will travel to St. Cloud, Minn. to take part in their fourth and final open of the season. The Husky Open will host the Dragons at 9 a.m. as they look to keep improving following three first place finishers in the Dragon Open.
In MSUM’s last dual, they took on Jamestown College and handled the Jimmies, 40-3. All-American Corey Ulmer started in the 125 spot and earned six points for the team due to a forfeit. Matt Wuorinen took the 133 lead role and pinned his opponent in 2 minutes and 51 seconds. Like Ulmer, Tyler Steinwand earned six points due to a forfeit for the 141 class. 149-pound freshman Derek Lee was the only Dragon casualty as he fell to his opponent in a 9-8 decision. Kerron Williams earned another decision win in the 157 class. Second place finisher in the Cobber Open Jacob Bennett took a 7-5 decision in the 165 class. Junior Trent Sovde (174 pounds) and sophomore Kody Kalkbrenner (184 pounds) also earned decisions of 6-4 and 11-9, respectively. Brandon Manderschied dominated his 197-pound opponent by taking a 14-2 major decision. Gerad Fugleberg recorded the Dragons second pin of the night by taking down his heavyweight opponent in just 52 seconds.
Ulmer and Bennett started the season off by earning third place finishes at the Bison Open. The duo then improved those finishes at the Cobber Open by each taking second. Ulmer again topped his high finish by taking the championship at MSUM’s hosting tournament. The Dragon Open provided Ulmer, Eric Lehmann and Zach Odden-Lemar with first place finishes in their respective classes. Ulmer competed in the Red Division for upperclassmen while Lehmann and Odden-Lemar took part in the White Division for lowerclassmen.