Mustangs conclude NSIC play with back-to-back conference duals

MARSHALL, Minn.- Southwest Minnesota State will conclude its 2017-18 dual schedule with back-to-back NSIC duals on Friday and Saturday respectively. SMSU will host its final home dual of the season against Minnesota State on Friday night at 7 p.m., followed by its final dual of the season at MSU Moorhead on Saturday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m.

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SMSU went 1-1 last weekend, splitting a pair of home NSIC duals against U-Mary and Minot State. The Mustangs dropped a tough, 20-19 dual on Friday night against U-Mary as the Marauders won by decision in the final weight class of the night to steal the one point victory.

SMSU rebounded from its Friday night loss with a 23-17 win over Minot State on Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs won three straight bouts at 174, 184 and 197 to clinch the win over the Beavers. SMSU won five bouts on the afternoon with two pins and one win by tech fall to separate from Minot State.

Trent Butcher (141) went 2-0 over the weekend with a win by fall on Saturday over Jeseb Mogen of Minot State. Justin Haneke (149) also went 2-0 on the weekend with his ninth and 10th pins on the year. Cole Hennen (184) went 2-0 on the weekend with a win by tech fall over Jackson Schichel of U-Mary on Friday night. Jackson Ryan (197) went 2-0 with a win by tech fall over Emmitt Brooks of U-Mary on Friday night.

SMSU Leaders

  • Justin Haneke (149) has racked up a 17-7 overall record and a 3-2 NSIC record with 10 pins and four decisions
  • Andrew Petersen (HWT) has a 16-8 record on the season with a 2-2 NSIC record and three wins by fall
  • Cortez Arredondo (157) has a 15-8 record on the year with three pins and two major decisions
  • Cole Hennen (184) has a 13-7 overall record on the year with a 5-1 NSIC record, four pins, one win by tech fall and one major decision
  • Taylor Curtis (125) has a 12-10 overall record with one pins, one win by tech fal and three major decisions
  • Jackson Ryan (197) has an 11-8 record on the year with a 3-3 NSIC record and three pins on the season

SMSU Lineup
125- Taylor Curtis
133- Brock Buysse
141- Trent Butcher
149- Justin Haneke
157- Cortez Arredondo
165- Kegen Fingalsen
174- Griffin Osing
184- Cole Hennen
197- Jackson Ryan
285- Andrew Petersen or Ben Thompson

SMSU vs Minnesota State Match Notes
MSU Last Time Out:

  • Minnesota State fell to St. Cloud State 19-13 Saturday in Mankato
  • The Mavericks won four matches in their dual against the Huskies, including one bonus-point victory
  • Daniel Close upset No. 1 rated Larry Bomstad to earned a 10-2 major decision over Bomstad, giving the Mavericks their first victory in the dual
  • Zach Johnston upset No. 3 Kolton Eischens by an 11-5 decision, earning a takedown in every period
  • Johnston is now 16-5 and has a 9-1 record against Division II opponents
  • Corey Abernathy used a ride-time point and an escape to defeat Tyree Overton 2-0. Abernathy now holds a 13-4 record for the season
  • Matthew Blome notched the third upset of the dual with a 5-1 decision over No. 6 Vince Dietz
  • Abernathy is the No. 6 ranked wrestler in Division II at 184

SMSU vs MSU Series History:

  • Minnesota State leads the all-time series, 28-9
  • The Mavericks have won three straight and 26 of the last 27 matches against SMSU
  • The Mustangs last win was a 31-9 victory at home in 2014
  • MSU defeated SMSU, 24-12 in last year’s matchup in Mankato

MSU Lineup:
125- Andrew McFall
133- George Farmah
141- Louie Sanders
149- #11 Kyle Rathman
157- Daniel Close
165- Seth Elwood or Dylan Herman
174- #7 Zach Johnston
184- #6 Corey Abernathy
197- #9 Matt Blome
285- Chris Zimmer

SMSU vs MSU Moorhead Match Notes
MSUM Last Time Out:

  • MSUM lost to No. 1 ranked St. Cloud State 0-45 at home on Thursday but bounced back with 36-9 win at Northern State on Saturday for first NSIC win of the season
  • Freshman Cole Jones leads MSUM in wins (15) and is 15-11 on the season
  • Junior Adam Blees is ranked 10th in the nation at 174 pounds and has a 14-8 record
  • Redshirt freshman Jordan Magnuson is 12-9 at 285 this
  • Freshman Cole Jones picked up a win by fall vs. Northern State and finished the week 1-1, with his only loss coming to St. Cloud State’s No. 5-ranked wrestler Brett Velaszquez
  • Redshirt freshman Jordan Magnuson pinned his opponent vs. Northern State and finished 1-1, with his loss coming to nationally-ranked Lawrence Phillips of St. Cloud State
  • Sophomore Preston Lehmann won by technical fall at 197 vs. Northern State with only loss coming to ranked Vince Dietz of St. Cloud State
  • Sophomore Joe Schumacher won his only match of the week, a major decision over Northern’s Billy Holtan

SMSU vs MSU Moorhead Series History:

  • MSU Moorhead leads the all-time series, 26-20-1
  • The Dragons have won two of the last three matchups including a 23-13 win last season in Marshall
  • SMSU has won five of the last seven duals dating back to the 2010-11 season
  • The Mustangs won the last meeting in Moorhead, 22-21

MSU Moorhead Lineup:
125- Cole Jones (15-11)
133- Seth Hutchison (8-10)
141- Zach Scott (12-13)
149- Joe Schumacher (2-0) or Riley Byklum (1-11)
157- Patrick Freeman (0-4) or Nick Erbes (4-10)
165- Weston Dobler (9-14)
174- No. 10 Adam Blees (14-8)
184- Mitch Kotschevar (9-13)
197- Preston Lehmann (7-9)
285- Jordan Magnuson (12-9)

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