Mankato, Minn. — The new-look Mavericks took to the mat for the first time Thursday night as they defeated Waldorf 33-6. Of the eight matches it won, Minnesota State recorded a fall and three tech falls en route to the victory. Sophomore Drew Lexvold (141 lbs) set the tone early for MSU by pinning Dillon Spates at 1:40. Lexvold was trailing 0-2 after a Spates takedown at 0:45 before escaping at 0:52, and recording a takedown at 1:30 that eventually led to the fall.
Returning All-American David Demo (125 lbs) opened the dual by defeating Bo Bettinson in a 2-0 thriller. After neither wrestler recorded a point in the first overtime session, Demo’s takedown at 9:53 in the second overtime session was the deciding factor. Freshman Alphonso Vruno (133 lbs) followed Demo’s win with a 9-5 decision victory of his own as he defeated Ray McQueen. Vruno came out aggresively, dominating the first period as he recorded a takedown at 0:50 and a three-point nearfall at 1:10 en route to the win.
Freshman Thomas Allen (149 lbs), sophomore Cody Quinn (165 lbs) and junior Brendan Eichmann (174 lbs) were part of a stretch where MSU recorded tech fall wins in three out of four matches, including consecutively at 165 lbs and 174 lbs . Allen defeated Pat Baruth 17-2, Quinn defeated Gabe Vasquez 16-0 and Eichmann defeated Andrew Hartshorn 22-6. Senior Alex Folk (157 lbs) also recorded a 8-6 decision win over Bryce Robbins in that stretch.
Waldorf won consecutive matches as Anthony Pike defeated senior Aaron Norgren (184 lbs) 3-2 and Ben Binversie defeated senior Nathan Haynes 9-2.
Junior newcomer Corby Running won the heavyweight bout 11-7 over Angel Gomez. A two-point nearfall at 1:48 helped propel Running to the win.
MSU will return to action Saturday as they travel to Decorah, Iowa to compete in the Luther College Open.
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November 8, 2012 at Mankato, Minn
MSU-Mankato 33 Waldorf 6
125 David Demo, MSM, dec. Bo Bettinson, WAIO, 2-0 sv
133 Alphonso Vruno, MSM, dec. Raymond McQueen, WAIO, 9-5
141 Drew Lexvold, MSM, pinned Dillon Spates, WAIO, 1:40
149 Thomas Allen, MSM, tech. fall Pat Baruth, WAIO, 5:46 18-2
157 Alexander Folk, MSM, dec. Bryce Robbins, WAIO, 8-6
165 Cody Quinn, MSM, tech. fall Gabe Vasquez, WAIO, 6:28 16-0
174 Brendan Eichmann, MSM, tech. fall Andrew Hartshorn, WAIO, 6:13 22-6
184 Andrew Hartshorn, WAIO, dec. Aaron Norgren, MSM, 3-2
197 Brock Binversie, WAIO, dec. Nathan Haynes, MSM, 9-2
285 Corby Running, MSM, dec. Angel Gomez, WAIO, 11-7