Mustangs embark to Northern State before hosting No. 1 St. Cloud State in Canby on Saturday

The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team will continue Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action with a road dual versus Northern State on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. and then will lock-up with No. 1 St. Cloud State in Canby, Minn. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

SMSU MustangsOPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Northern State: The Wolves are 3-5 overall and 0-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference this season. The Wolves feature the defending National Champion and No. 1 ranked 285 pounder in the NSIC and NCAA Matt Mueleners. Northern State is coming off an 0-3 weekend with losses to MSU Moorhead (30-16) and Fort Hays State University (38-4) but a convincing victory over the former No. 1 team in Nebraska-Kearney, 37-8.

St. Cloud State: The Huskies are 15-0 overall and 2-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference this season and are the No. 1 team according to the latest NCAA poll.  The Huskies earned their second consecutive NWCA National Duals crown with a thrilling 17-15 win over #7 Notre Dame (Ohio) in the championship match at the Prairie Capital Center in Springfield, Ill. on Jan. 12.  SCSU earned its berth in the title bout with a 27-9 victory over #17 UW-Parkside in the semifinal round match in the morning of Jan. 13. The Huskies have nine wrestlers ranked in the NSIC’s top five, including the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the NCAA, Shamos O’Grady. SCSU returns three of its six All-Americans from last season.

LAST WEEK
No. 19 Augustana College (S.D.) rallied from a 18-9 deficit to win by tiebreaker over Southwest Minnesota State on Friday night in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wrestling action. With the score at 18-18 after the 10 bouts, Augustana was awarded one team point to break the tie due to more bout wins than SMSU.

Wrestling up a weight class, Codie Lane (149) scored a 2-point takedown with just five seconds remaining in the 149 pound bout to chalk up a decision over Shawn Hatlestad. Fueled by two pins from Jacob Begin at 165 and Kyle Begin at 174, SMSU took a 18-9 lead heading into the final three bouts. The Vikings would win the next three bouts all by decision to steal the match away from the grasp of the Mustangs as the match was determined by tiebreaker. Augustana owned the tiebreaker as the Vikings won more bouts, 6-4.

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