MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team will open their 2018-19 season on Saturday when they compete at the Bison Open in Fargo. The event will start at 10 a.m. Saturday and run all day at the Scheels Center on the North Dakota State campus.
The Dragons had two athletes compete unattached at the Jimmie Open, as redshirt freshman Mason Schulz took fourth at 141 pounds while freshman Cameron Williams also competed at 125 pounds. Both wrestlers picked up two wins and one pin on the day.
Familiar faces in the lineup
The Dragons are returning eight starters from last season, including Joe Schumacher and Cole Jones, both of whom missed being national qualifiers by just one match last season. Senior Adam Blees will be the only senior on the roster. Other returners include junior Logan Rhode and sophomore Mitch Kotschevar.
The Dragons have two athletes ranked in the first NCAA Division II rankings put out by the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association. Jones is ranked 11th at 125 pounds while Schumacher picked up a ninth-place ranking in the nation at 149 pounds. As a team, the Dragons are receiving votes in the preseason poll.
Dragons picked to finish sixth in NSIC
In the preseason coaches’ poll, the Dragons were picked to finish sixth in the NSIC with Blees named MSUM’s wrestler to watch. Defending national champions St. Cloud State was chosen to finish first in the conference.
Meet the coaches
Head coach Kris Nelson is returning for his 10th season as MSUM head coach. He is assisted by former MSUM wrestler Blake Bosch (second season), Justin Solberg (fourth season) and Tyler Lehmann (second season).
Nelson inducted into NDSU Athletics Hall of Fame
Nelson picked up an honor in September when he was inducted into the NDSU Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 21. Nelson was a decorated wrestler, culminating his collegiate career in 2000 by winning the Division II National Championship at 133 pounds as well as being named the Most Outstanding Wrestler. He was a part of two national championship teams (1998 and 2000) and finished with 83 career wins.
After the Bison Open, the Dragons will travel to Kearney, Neb. for the UNK Holiday Inn Open before returning to Moorhead to open their dual season at crosstown rival Concordia on Nov. 20. They will open their home schedule on Nov. 30 when they host NSIC for Northern State before hosting the Dragon Open on Dec. 1.