Dragon Wrestlers Roll Past Mary, 36-7
BISMARCK, N.D. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team recorded its third straight win with a 36-7 victory over Mary in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action Friday night in Bismarck, N.D.
MSUM improved to 7-5 overall and 3-4 in the NSIC with the win, while Mary fell to 1-15 overall and 0-8 in the league.
The Dragons won eight of the 10 matches contested on the night, recording bonus points in five matches (including winning by forfeit at 125).
Senior Philippe Walker got the Dragons off to a strong start in the dual, which began at 141 pounds. Walker rolled to an 18-1 technical fall win over Mary’s Michael Rivera to give the Dragons a 5-0 lead.
“Philippe Walker wrestled aggressive at 141 and got the tech. fall,” MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said.
MSUM won the next three matches by decision. Sophomore Isaac Novacek beat Dane Fischer by a 13-9 decision at 149, while sophomore Garret Hoffner beat Paul Michaelson 7-1 at 157. Sophomore Dan Murakami recorded his fourth straight win with a 3-1 win over Riley Nagel at 165 to push the Dragon lead to 14-0.
Back-to-back pins from seniors Michael Joseph and Shawn Porter helped MSUM build a commanding 26-0 lead. Joseph pinned Jered Keller in 1:06 at 174 while Porter pinned John DeVito in the first period at 184.
Mary won at 197 and 285 to cut the lead to 26-7. Sophomore Shane Novak won by forfeit at 125 and sophomore Blake Bosch won by a 14-1 major decision at 133 pounds for the Dragons to make the final score 36-7.
“The team is looking to keep momentum moving forward into Saturday’s dual against Northern State,” Nelson said.
The Dragons wrap up the regular season on Saturday night at home against Mary. The dual begins at 7 p.m. at Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minn.
MSU-Moorhead 36, Mary 7
141-Philippe Walker (MSUM) tech. fall Michael Rivera, 18-1
149-Isaac Novacek (MSUM) dec. Dane Fischer, 13-9
157-Garret Hoffner (MSUM) dec. Paul Michaelson, 7-1
165-Dan Murakami (MSUM) dec. Riley Nagel, 3-1
174-Michael Joseph (MSUM) pinned Jered Keller, 1:06
184-Shawn Porter (MSUM) pinned John DeVito
197-Tom DeVito (Mary) maj. dec. Chris Bascon, 18-5
285-Travis Smith (Mary) dec. Nader Abdullatif, 4-0
125-Shane Novak (MSUM) won by forfeit
133-Blake Bosch (MSUM) maj. dec. Hunter Menendez, 14-1