Mustangs return to the mat with back-to-back, midweek duals

MARSHALL, Minn.- Southwest Minnesota State will look to build on a 1-1 record from last week as it hosts Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., in the PE Gym followed by a road, NSIC dual at Upper Iowa on Thursday night at 7 p.m., in the Dorman Gymnasium.

Wednesday’s home dual versus Dakota Wesleyan was originally scheduled for Nov. 16 but was moved to Jan. 24 to better accommodate both teams. SMSU vs Dakota Wesleyan (Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m.) will be streamed live on smsumustangs.com with live results available from trackwrestling.com. Tickets to SMSU vs DWU can be purchased at the door or from smsumustangs.com. SMSU vs Upper Iowa (Thursday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m.) will also be available live on smsumustangs.com with live results posted to trackwrestling.com.

smsulogoLast Time Out:
SMSU went 1-1 last week, rebounding from a Thursday night loss at Augustana with its first conference win of the season in a 37-6 win over Northern State on Friday night. The Mustangs had three pins in their win over Northern State and dropped bouts in just two weight classes. Justin Haneke (15-7) went 1-1 with his eighth pin of the year on Friday against Billy Holtan of Northern State. Taylor Curtis (10-7) went 2-0 on the week with a 15-4 major decision over Jay Maxville of Northern State. Andrew Petersen (14-7) also went 2-0 against his pair of conference opponents. Cortez Arredondo (13-6) went 2-0 as well for SMSU wrestling at 157 for SMSU.

SMSU Season Leaders:
Justin Haneke (149) holds a 15-7 overall record on the year with eight pins. Andrew Petersen (HWT) has racked up a 14-7 record on the season with three pins and a 2-1 record against NSIC opponents. Cortez Arredondo (157) has a 13-6 record on the year with a 2-1 record against conference opponents. Taylor Curtis (125) has a 10-7 overall record on the year and a 2-1 record in the NSIC.

SMSU Probable Lineup:
– 125- Taylor Curtis (10-7)
– 133- Brock Buysee (8-8)
– 141- Nick Santos (0-4) or Trent Butcher (5-8)
– 149- Justin Haneke (15-7)
– 157- Cortez Arredondo (13-6)
– 165- Kegen Fingalsen (8-11)
– 174- Griffin Osing (3-9)
– 184- Cole Hennen (8-7)
– 197- Jack Ryan (7-7)
– 285- Andrew Petersen (14-7)

SMSU vs Dakota Wesleyan Notes:
Dakota Wesleyan overall record: 0-10. Stas Sutera has a 15-12 record on the season for DWU. DWU is coming off of an 0-4 weekend in the UNK Duals with losses to Cloud County Community College, Bethany College, Neosho Community College, and Northwest Kansas Technical College. SMSU holds a 7-0 all-time record against Dakota-Wesleyan. The Mustangs won the last matchup between the two schools, 40-6 on the road back in 2015-16.

SMSU vs Upper Iowa Notes:
Upper Iowa enters the week as the No. 6 team in the latest DII team rankings. Upper Iowa leads the all-time series with SMSU, 13-4. The Peacocks have won the last 14 duals since the 2004-05 season after SMSU won the first four all-time matchups. Dalton Hahn (184) of Upper Iowa was named the NSIC Wrestler of the Week. The No. 6 Peacock wrestling team rallied from a three-point deficit to win 18-12 over No. 16 Minnesota State last week. Maleek Williams is the No. 6 ranked wrestler at 125. Josh Walker is the No. 6 ranked wrestler at 133. Brock Benitz is the No. 7 ranked wrestler at 157. Nick Becker is the No. 8 ranked wrestler at 174. Kameron Teacher is the No. 2 ranked wrestler at 285.

Upper Iowa Probable Lineup:
– 125- Maleek Williams (20-6)
– 133- Josh Walker (24-6)
– 141- Hunter Slifka (10-12) or Aaron Baker Jr. (8-7)
– 149- Damian Penichet (19-8)
– 157- Brock Benitz (21-4)
– 165- Tucker Black (21-14) or Cody Nelson (11-11)
– 174- Jordan Gundrum (18-6)
– 184- Dalton Hahn (20-11)
– 197- Nick Baumler (25-7)
– 285- Logan Hopp (8-1) or Triston Westerlund (21-10)

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