Upper Iowa 19, Southwest Minnesota State 18

Mustang wrestling suffers defeat by criteria to No. 6 Upper Iowa, 19-18

MARSHALL, Minn. – Upper Iowa scored nine points in the last two bouts to claim a win by criteria (match points, 35-31) over Southwest Minnesota State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action on Friday night at the PE Gym.

SMSU MustangsSMSU (11-4, 1-3 NSIC) found themselves in an eerily similar position with Upper Iowa (8-3, 4-1 NSIC) as they were in with No. 19 Augustana following the 174 pound bout. Similar to the dual with Augustana, the Mustangs had a ranked team on the ropes,18-9, only this time with two bouts remaining. The Peacocks nailed-down a pin and a decision in the final two bouts to complete the nine-point comeback to take the dual by criteria.

Justin Reinsma erased an early 3-0 deficit with a strong 3-2 decision versus No. 2 Trevor Franklin in the 133 pound bout. Ethan Hildebrandt continued to swing the momentum the Mustangs way with a pin of Matt Paulus at 3:57, the win by fall gave SMSU its first lead of the dual, 9-3. The Mustangs would maintain the lead with decisions from Codie Lane at 157 pounds and Jacob Begin at 165. The win from Codie Lane was capped off by a 2-point reversal as time expired in the third and final period to seal the 6-4 decision. The final points scored by the Mustangs came from Travis Peralta in the 184 pound bout as the junior defeated Brock Gobin by a 4-0 decision.

The Mustangs will look to rebound from the heartbreaching loss tomorrow night when SMSU takes on another ranked opponent, the No. 10 Minnesota State, Mankato Mavericks. The dual is slated for 7 p.m. in Mankato.

Upper Iowa 19, Southwest Minnesota State 18
125: Chris Paulus (UIU) dec. Travis Borchert (SMSU), 6-3 | UIU leads 3-0
133: Justin Reinsma (SMSU) dec. Trevor Franklin (UIU), 3-2 | Tied 3-3
141: Ethan Hildebrandt (SMSU) fall Matt Paulus (UIU), 3:57 | SMSU leads 9-3
149: Jordan Rinken (UIU) dec. Beau Buysse (SMSU), 4-1 | SMSU leads 9-6
157: Codie Lane (SMSU) dec. Bryce Lumzy (UIU), 6-4 | SMSU leads 12-6
165: Jacob Begin (SMSU) dec. No. 4 Wade Gobin, 8-7 (riding time) | SMSU leads 15-6
174: Blake Sorensen (UIU) dec. Kyle Begin (SMSU), 9-4 | SMSU leads 15-9
184: Travis Peralta (SMSU) dec. Brock Gobin (UIU), 4-0 | SMSU leads 18-9
197: Carl Broghammer (UIU) fall Micah Larson (SMSU), 3:42 | SMSU leads 18-15
285: Jeremy Brazil (UIU) dec. Jon Gorter (SMSU), 3-2 | Tied 18-18
Upper Iowa wins by criteria – match points (35-31)

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