Dragons Lose to SMSU by Tiebreaker, 22-21
MOORHEAD, Minn. — In a dual that came down to a tiebreaker, the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team fell short on Saturday, falling to Southwest Minnesota State, 22-21 in a match at Nemzek Fieldhouse. The dual was tied at 21-21 but SMSU earned the win by a tiebreaker of scoring more points in the match (45-41).
MSUM fell to 7-7 overall and 2-5 in the NSIC with the loss while SMSU improved to 8-10 overall and 4-4 in the league.
The first tiebreaker was matches won in the dual — both teams won five. Next is total falls, and each team had one. The third tiebreaker was total points scored in the match and the Mustangs had a slight 45-41 edge.
After the match was tied at 2-2 going into the third period, MSUM freshman Jared Goldsmith took control at 125. He scored nine points in the final period alone, and with riding time included, recorded a 12-2 win by major decision to give MSUM a 4-0 lead.
Junior Blake Bosch, ranked No. 2 in the nation at 133, followed with his 27th win of the season at 133. He took a 4-1 lead after one period and then completed the pin of SMSU’s Antonio Meikel in the second period. Time of the fall was 3:49 and the Dragon lead was 10-0.
SMSU won by decision at 141 before junior Isaac Novacek got the Dragons back in the win column at 149. Novacek controlled the match in an 11-3 win over SMSU’s Paul Norgen to push the Dragon lead to 14-3.
Junior Garret Hoffner also won by major decision for the Dragons, beating Justin Haneke 11-3 at 157 pounds as MSUM built an 18-3 advantage.
The momentum changed at 165 as the Mustangs won by fall. At 174, senior Kyle Begin took a 17-1 technical fall win over Dragon freshman Brayden Kuntz to cut the lead to 17-1.
The Mustangs won by major decision at 184 to tie the dual at 18-18. Senior Mike Urban got the Dragons back on the board with a hard-fought 3-1 decision win over Ashton Bartlett at 197 pounds, giving MSUM a 21-18 lead.
At 285, SMSU senior Cole Wilson — ranked No. 8 in the nation at 285 pounds — outlasted Dragon junior Nader Abdullatif 3-0 to tie the dual at 21-21, which led to the tiebreaker to determine the team winner.
Southwest Minnesota State will close its regular season schedule hosting Concordia Moorhead on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Dragons wrap up the regular season on Feb. 21 at home against Mary. The dual begins at 2 p.m.
Southwest Minnesota State 22, MSU-Moorhead 21
125-Jared Goldsmith (MSUM) maj. dec. Taylor Curtis, 12-2
133-Blake Bosch (MSUM) pinned Antonio Meikel, 3:49
141-Cortez Arredondo (SMSU) dec. Dylan Connell, 5-0
149-Isaac Novacek (MSUM) maj. dec. Paul Norgren, 11-3
157-Garret Hoffner (MSUM) maj. dec. Justin Haneke, 11-3
165-Kegen Fingalson (SMSU) pinned Adam Blees, 4:10
174-Kyle Begin (SMSU) tech. fall Brayden Kuntz, 17-1
184-Brody Goens (SMSU) maj. dec. Austin May, 11-3
197-Mike Urban (MSUM) dec. Ashton Bartlett, 3-1
285-Cole Wilson (SMSU) dec. Nader Abdullatif, 3-0
Note: dual was tied at 21-21; however SMSU wins by tiebreaker as a result of total match points (45-41 SMSU).