Dragons go 1-3 at Grand Canyon Duals

Joseph Leads Dragon Wrestlers at Grand Canyon Duals

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Junior Michael Joseph went 3-1 at 174 pounds to lead the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team at the Grand Canyon Duals on Saturday in Phoenix, Ariz. MSUM finished 1-3 on the day against stout competition.

MSU-Moorhead DragonsThe Dragons (3-4 duals) beat Simon Fraser, 33-8, in their second match of the day but fell to No. 16-ranked Colorado Mesa, 28-12, California Baptist, 32-12 and Division I school Grand Canyon, 41-0.

In its opening match, MSUM got off to a good start as freshman Blake Bosch pinned Erick Vargas at 125 points in just 1:05 to give the Dragons an early 6-0 lead. Colorado Mesa won the five matches, however, to build a 16-6 advantage.

The Dragons battled back to within 16-12 with two wins. Joseph topped Dylan Granard at 174 pounds by a 5-1 score to cut the gap to 16-9, and senior Matt Lewellen earned a hard-fought 7-5 win over Scott Verner at 184 pounds to bring MSUM within four with two matches left.

CMU finished off the match with two pins, however, to complete a 28-12 win.

MSUM came back strong against Simon Fraser, winning eight of the 10 matches, including forfeit wins at 149 and 285. Freshman Shane Novak got the Dragons on the board at 133 with a pin of Sukhan Chahal at 2:16, giving them a 6-4 lead.
Connor MacGregor adde to the lead with a 12-6 win at 141, and with a forfeit win at 149, the Dragons held a 15-3 lead. Redshirt freshman Dan Murakami earned a 7-1 win at 157 pounds to make it 18-3 in favor of MSUM.

After losing at 165, Joseph battled to a tough 4-3 win over Simon Fraser’s Reid Watkins at 174 pounds. Lewellen (184 pounds) and freshman Tyler Schlosser (197) each won by decision to put the match well out of reach at 27-8. The Dragons won by forfeit at 285 to seal a 33-8 win.

In the loss to California Baptist, MSUM fell behind 28-0 after six matches – losing two matches by pin and another by technical fall. Joseph got the Dragons on the board with a 7-2 win over CBU’s Anthony Ballinger at 174. Schlosser picked up a 7-5 win at 197 pounds over Kenneth Tribble, and the ragons won by forfeit at 285 to make the final score of the dual 32-12.

Grand Canyon was boosted by three pins in its win over MSUM.

The Dragons are back in action on Saturday, Jan. 11 when they compete at Northern State. The match, which is MSUM’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener, begins at 6 p.m. in Aberdeen, S.D.

Colorado Mesa 28, MSU-Moorhead 12
125-Blake Bosch (MSUM) pinned Erick Vargas (CMU), 1:05
133-Jonathon Stelling (CMU) dec. Shane Novak (MSUM), 5-3
141-Daniel Salazar (CMU) maj. dec. Connor MacGregor (MSUM), 11-1
149-James Martinez (CMU) dec. Garret Hoffner (MSUM), 4-0
157-Trevor Donarski (CMU) dec. Dan Murakami (MSUM), 5-4
165-Jessie Hoffschneider (CMU) dec. Shawn Porter (MSUM), 10-4
174-Michael Joseph (MSUM) dec. Dylan Granard (CMU), 5-1
184-Matt Lewellen (MSUM) def. Scott Verner (CMU), 7-5
197-Paco Retana (CMU) pinned Tyler Schlosser (MSUM), 5:38
285-Jordan Passehl (CMU) pinned Gerad Fugleberg (MSUM), 4:04

MSU-Moorhead 33, Simon Fraser 8
125-Skylor Davis (SFU) maj. dec. Blake Bosch (MSUM), 12-4
133-Shane Novak (MSUM) pinned Sukhan Chahal (SFU), 2:16
141-Connor MacGregor (MSUM) dec. Dhillon Hume (SFU), 12-6
149-Garret Hoffner (MSUM) won by forfeit
157-Dan Murakami (MSUM) dec. Josh Punzo (SFU), 7-1
165-Brock Lamb (SFU) maj. dec. Shawn Porter (MSUM), 11-0
174-Michael Joseph (MSUM) dec. Reid Watkins (SFU), 4-3
184-Matt Lewellen (MSUM) dec. Josh Kim (SFU), 8-2
197-Tyler Schlosser (MSUM) dec. Ryan Yewchin (SFU), 4-1
285-Gerad Fugleberg (MSUM) won by forfeit

California Baptist 32, MSU-Moorhead 12
125-Bryden Lazaro (CBU) maj. dec. Blake Bosch (MSUM) 14-5
133-Taylor Hall (CBU) pinned Shane Novak (MSUM), 3:52
141-Bradford Gerl (CBU) tech. fall Connor MacGregor (MSUM), 15-0
149-Alex Anunciation (CBU) dec. Garret Hoffner (MSUM) 6-2
157-Brady Bersano (CBU) maj. dec. Dan Murakami (MSUM) 12-2
165-Alec Smith (CBU) pinned Shawn Porter (MSUM), 4:42
174-Michael Joseph (MSUM) dec. Anthony Ballinger (CBU) 7-2 28-3
184-Caleb Gerl (CBU) maj. dec. Matt Lewellen (MSUM) 12-0 32-3
197-Tyler Schlosser (MSUM) maj. dec. Kenneth Tribble (CBU) 7-5
285-Gerad Fugleberg (MSUM) won by forfeit

Grand Canyon 41, MSU-Moorhead 0
125-A.J. Salazar (GCU) pinned Blake Bosch (MSUM), 4:18
133-Lino Estrada (GCU) dec. Shane Novak (MSUM) 9-3
141-Austin Solari (GCU) maj. dec. Mario Tuccitto (MSUM) 11-0
149-Mike Hamel (GCU) dec. Garret Hoffner (MSUM), 11-5
157-Gavin Ludwig (GCU) dec. Dan Murakami (MSUM), 7-4
165-Juan Carlos Maynes (GCU) maj. dec. Shawn Porter (MSUM), 15-1
174-Martin Fabbian (GCU) pinned Michael Joseph (MSUM), 2:32
184-Austin Gaun (GCU) dec. Matt Lewellen (MSUM), 10-4
197-Marcus Haughian (GCU) pinned Tyler Schlosser (MSUM), 3:16
285-Peter Anguiano (GCU) dec. Gerad Fugleberg (MSUM), 10-5

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