Dragons Pick Up 2nd Straight Dual, Drop Minot State 30-9
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team picked up its second straight conference win on Friday with a 30-9 victory over Minot State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action at Nemzek Fieldhouse. Freshman Brayden Kuntz recorded a pin at 165 to pace the Dragons.
The Dragons are now 7-6 overall and 2-4 in the NSIC with the win, while Minot State fell to 4-13 overall and 0-7 in the league.
After freshman Dylan Connell lost a tough 4-3 match at 141, junior Isaac Novacek got those points back for MSUM with a 5-3 win over Minot’s Cody Haugen at 149, pushing the lead to 15-3.
Minot State won a close match at 157 as Marcus Polak edged Garret Hoffner, 6-4. Freshman Jonathan Hoffner had a solid showing at 165 for the Dragons, recording a 12-8 win over Shane Sheppard to push the lead back to 18-6.
Kuntz delivered big at 174 for MSUM, pinning Mason Courtright in 6:19 to make the score of the dual 24-6.
Back-to-back decision wins by freshman Austin May (6-3 at 184) and senior Mike Urban (10-3 at 197) put the match out of reach for MSUM. Minot State won at 285 as Mitchell Eull edged Dragon junior Nader Abdullatif 2-0.
MSUM wraps up the weekend at home against Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday. The dual begins at 5 p.m.at Nemzek Fieldhouse.
MSU-Moorhead 30, Minot State 9
125-Jared Goldsmith (MSUM) won by forfeit
133-Blake Bosch (MSUM) won by forfeit
141-Tanner Crisler (Minot) dec. Dylan Connell, 4-3
149-Isaac Novacek (MSUM) dec. Cody Haugen, 5-3
157-Marcus Polak (Minot) dec. Garret Hoffner, 6-4
165-Jonathan Hoffner (MSUM) dec. Shane Sheppard, 12-8
174-Brayden Kuntz (MSUM) pinned Mason Courtright, 6:19
184-Austin May (MSUM) dec. Briley Crissler, 6-3
197-Mike Urban (MSUM) dec. Hunter Hart, 10-3
285-Mitchell Eull (Minot) dec. Nader Abdullatif, 2-0