Late Momentum Surges Mavericks to Victory Over Dragons
MANKATO, Minn — After falling behind 10-0 to start the dual, the Mavericks won six of the next eight matches to surge past the Dragons of MSU Moorhead to remain undefeated in conference action.
Trailing 10-0, Alphonso Vruno (Sr., 141 lbs.), who was ranked third in the region, would square off against fifth-ranked in the region Kristian Vazquez. Vruno was in control the entire match. While leading 14-6 in the third period, Vruno secured the win via fall with 23 seconds remaining in the match to make the dual score 10-6.
After the Mavericks fell in the 149-pound match, Matt Mincey (R-Sr., 157 lbs.) would pick up a 3-0 decision over Garrett Hoffner to make it a 13-9 dual score. Mincey moved to 13-0 on the season and was ranked sixth in the nation coming into the night.
Following the 165-pound contest, the score was 18-9 MSU Moorhead. The Mavericks would fire off four consecutive victories to complete the comeback victory. Adam Cooling (Jr., 174 lbs.) picked up a tech fall victory over Brayden Kuntz to improve to 17-3 on the year.
Scott VanDeLoo (Sr., 184 lbs.) won by a close 4-2 decision over Austin May to move to 12-1 on the season. The score was 18-17 MSU Moorhead heading into the 197-pound match. Darick Vancura (Jr., 197 lbs.) gave MSU a huge boost in momentum after picking up a quick fall over Cody Anderson in 2:04 that also gave them its first lead of the night. Malcolm Allen (R-Sr., 285 lbs.) sealed the deal with a fall over Nader Abdullatif in 48 seconds.
With the win, the Mavericks move to 3-0 in NSIC matchups. That mark is good enough for the NSIC lead in conference wins. The Mavericks will compete next Thursday, Jan. 21, at Taylor Center as they host the Johnnies of St. John’s University. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Minnesota State 29 MSU-Moorhead 18
125: Jared Goldsmith (MSUM) major decision over Trevor Schultz (MSU) 11-3 — 4-0 MSUM
133: Blake Bosch (MSUM) fall over Tyler Funk (MSU) 5:47 — 10-0 MSUM
141: Alphonso Vruno (MSU) fall over Kristian Vazquez (MSUM) 6:37 — 10-6 MSUM
149: Isaac Novacek (MSUM) decision over Daniel Close (MSU) 13-6 — 13-6 MSUM
157: Matt Mincey (MSU) decision over Garrett Hoffner (MSUM) 3-0 — 13-9 MSUM
165: Adam Blees (MSUM) tech fall over Corey Abernathy (MSU) 18-3 — 18-9 MSUM
174: Adam Cooling (MSU) tech fall over Brayden Kuntz (MSUM) 21-6 — 18-14 MSUM
184: Scott VanDeLoo (MSU) decision over Austin May (MSUM) 4-2 — 18-17 MSUM
197: Darick Vancura (MSU) fall over Cody Anderson (MSUM) 2:04 — 23-18 MSU
285: Malcolm Allen (MSU) fall over Nader Abdullatif (MSUM) 0:48 — 29-18 MSU FINAL