Dragons Hit the Road to Face Augustana and SMSU

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team will aim to get back in the win column this week as it competes in a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matches on the road. MSUM will compete at No. 15-ranked Augustana (7 p.m.) on Wednesday and at Southwest Minnesota State (3 p.m.) on Saturday to wrap up the dual-meet portion of its season.

MSU-Moorhead DragonsMSUM is 8-6 in duals overall and 3-3 in the NSIC. Augustana is 9-6 overall and 4-3 in the NSIC, while SMSU is 12-6 overall and 2-5 in the NSIC. The Dragons lost to Augustana, 29-10 a year ago, and also lost to SMSU, 21-15.

Live Video (Augustana match)
Live Video (SMSU match)

About MSUM
In their lone competion last week, MSUM lost to crosstown rival Concordia, 24-6. Junior Angel Vega and sophomore Philippe Walker earned wins by decision for MSUM.

Vega leads the Dragons with a 22-9 mark. Walker is 17-9, while junior Casey Williams is 15-6 for MSUM.

Kris Nelson is in his fourth season as MSUM’s head coach with a record of 23-34 at the school.

Projected lineup for MSUM
125 – Mitch Dunlap (Fr., 6-11 record)
133 – Philippe Walker (So., 17-9)
141—Angel Vega (Jr., 22-9)
149 – Casey Williams (Jr., 15-6)
157 – Jacob Bennett (Sr., 9-8)
165 – Kerron Williams (Sr., 10-8)
174 – Jesse Puncochar (RFr., 13-7)
184 — Matt Lewellen (Jr., 13-10)
197 – Lucas Moderow (RFr., 10-17)
285 – Gerad Fugleberg (So., 15-13)

About Augustana
Augustana is 9-6 on the season. The Vikings lost to No. 6 Upper Iowa, 21-15 in their last action on Feb. 8.

The Vikings possess two nationally-ranked wrestlers — senior Nate Herda (23-4, ranked No. 3 at 149 pounds) and sophomore Jayd Docken (17-4, ranked No. 6 at 197). Augustana’s 141-pounder, Brandon Charbonneau, is 28-7.

Jason Reitmeier is in his 10th season as Augustana’s head coach with a record of 104-52 at the school.

About SMSU
The Mustangs are 12-6 on the season; they split on the road last weekend, losing at Mary, 24-12 but beating Minot State, 44-3.

Justin Reinsma, who is ranked fifth in the nation at 133 pounds, leads SMSU with a 22-4 record. Micah Larson is 16-10 while Jacob Begin is 13-2.

Jesse Nelson is in his sixth season as SMSU’s head coach with a record of 37-40-1 at the school.