MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team will travel to Indianapolis for the 40th annual Midwest Classic, hosted by the University of Indianapolis. The two-day tournament begins on Saturday morning and will conclude Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind..
The Dragons hosted No. 1 (D3) Augsburg last Thursday night, winning three matches but dropping the dual 24-9. Senior Adam Blees started the dual with a 6-4 win in overtime over Brady McFarland at 174. At 125 pounds, sophomore Cole Jones won an 8-1 decision over Victor Gliva while Sam Erckenbrack won a 4-2 decision over Ethan Hofacker at 285-pounds.
Jones continues to lead the Dragons with a 12-2 record, one of four Dragons who have double-digit wins. Mason Schulz (11-8), redshirt freshman Evan Foster (12-5) and Erckenbrack (12-4) also have double-digit wins.
Kris Nelson is in his 10th season as Dragon head coach. He is assisted by Blake Bosch (second season), Tyler Lehmann (second season) and Justin Solberg (third season).
Dragons at the Midwest Classic
This is the second consecutive season that the Dragons will be competing at the Midwest Classic. Last year, only Tommy Walton advanced to the second day. He finished the tournament 3-1, not placing due to an injury suffered in his wrestleback match on Sunday morning.
This will be the first of two tournaments the Dragons will compete in over the next month. On Jan. 4 they will compete in a nonconference dual against San Francisco State before competing at the Menlo Invitational in California on Jan. 5. They will resume their NSIC schedule on Jan. 11-12 when they face UMary and Minot State on the road. Their next home dual will be on Jan. 26 when they host Upper Iowa.