Mustangs ready for NCAA Super Region 3 Championships

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team will compete this Friday and Saturday at the NCAA Division II Super Region 3 Tournament at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

The Super 3 Region Tournament serves as the qualifier for the NCAA Championships that will be held on March 9-10 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

smsulogoA total of 15 teams will be competing in this year’s tournament with the top four wrestlers from each weight class qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

Competition begins on Friday at 10 a.m. with Session I as the first round and the first round of wrestle-backs will be held. The quarterfinals and wrestle-back second round will be held in Session II starting at 4 p.m.

Session III will be Saturday starting at 11 a.m. with the semifinals, wrestle-back third and consolation matches being held. The fourth and final session will start at 4 p.m. with the first, third, fifth and true fourth place matches.

SMSU head coach Jesse Nelson’s expected line-up for the weekend has seven wrestlers that competed in last season’s region championship.

NCAA Division II Super 3 Regional Webpage

SMSU Probable Lineup:
125-Taylor Curtis (Sr., 12-12)
133-Brock Buysse (So., 10-12)
141-Trent Butcher (Sr., 13-12)
149-Justin Haneke (Jr., 18-8)
157-Cortez Arredondo (Jr., 16-9)
165-Kegen Fingalsen (Jr., 11-14)
174-Griffin Osing (Jr., 5-13)
184-Cole Hennen (So., 13-8)
197-Jackson Ryan (So., 11-9)
285-Andrew Petersen (So., 15-8)

Last Season at NCAA Regional
Southwest Minnesota State finished in 11th place at last season’s Super Region III Tournament in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Cole Hennen finished in fifth place at 184 pounds last season, while Cortez Arrendondo earned a sixth place finish at 149.

National Qualifiers
Southwest Minnesota State’s last NCAA National Qualifier was heavyweight Cole Wilson in 2016. Wilson earned All-American honors that season placing seventh.

Since moving to NCAA Division II in 1996, SMSU has qualified 43 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships with 12 All-Americans and one National Champion—Link Steffen in 1998.

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