MARSHALL, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State used three pins to defeat Minnesota State University 31-9 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action on Saturday. The win was SMSU’s first over MSU since the 1990-91 season.
With the win, SMSU improves to 10-4 overall, 4-1 in the NSIC. SMSU has now won 10 duals each of the last three seasons. The four NSIC dual wins is the most in school history since moving to the Division II level and NSIC in 2000. SMSU had won three NSIC duals each of the last three seasons.
SMSU scored an upset at 141 pounds when Ethan Hildebrandt defeated No. 8 Alphonso Vruno by decision 10-6. The win lifted SMSU’s lead to 9-3.
SMSU picked up six more points in the 149 pound bout with Beau Buysse’s second win by fall on the season. Buysse pinned Weston Droegemueller at 4:28.
Kyle Begin picked up SMSU’s third and final pin of the dual at 165 pounds as he pinned Sawyer Hoffman at 2:56. It was Begin’s team-leading 11th pin of the season.
SMSU coasted by winning three of the final four bouts, including Jacob Begin’s major decision over Darick Vancura at 174 pounds.
SMSU will look to build on its program high four NSIC dual wins next weekend when the Mustangs travel to St. Cloud State on Feb. 6, before returning to the PE Gym the following night to take on Northern State.
Southwest Minnesota State 31, MSU-Mankato 9
125 Trevor Schultz (MSM) sv-1 Antonio Meikel (SMS) 4-2
133 Justin Reinsma, SMS, pinned Tanner Mills, MSM, 1:56
141 Ethan Hildebrandt, SMS, dec. Alphonso Vruno, MSM, 10-6
149 Beau Buysse, SMS, pinned Weston Droegemueller, MSM, 4:28
157 Adam Cooling, MSM, dec. Codie Lane, SMS, 8-4
165 Kyle Begin, SMS, pinned Sawyer Hoffman, MSM, 2:56
174 Jacob Begin, SMS, maj. dec. Darick Vancura, MSM, 9-0
184 Andrew Rodas, SMS, dec. Scott VanDeLoo, MSM, 2-0
197 Brendan Eichmann, MSM, dec. Micah Larson, SMS, 5-1
285 Cole Wilson, SMS, dec. Corby Running, MSM, 3-1