MOORHEAD, Minn. — Sophomore Cole Jones and senior Adam Blees have climbed into the top 10 of the national rankings in their respective weight classes as the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team competes this weekend in California.
The Dragons will begin the trip with a pair of duals on Friday when they face Colorado-Mesa at 2 p.m. Central time and San Francisco State at 4 p.m. Central time. MSUM will compete at the Menlo Invite the next day in Atherton, Calif., beginning at 11 a.m. Central time.
Jones has climbed to sixth in the nation at 125 pounds. He has a 17-4 record and recently finished fifth at the Midwest Classic on Dec. 15-16.
Blees (10-5) is now ranked 10th in the nation at 174. He finished second at the Midwest Classic.
Jones continues to lead the Dragons with a 17-4 record, one of six Dragons with double digit wins. Mason Schulz (13), Blees (10), Evan Foster (14-7) and Sam Erckenbrack (13) also have double digit wins.
Head coach 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).
About San Francisco State
The Gators bring a 1-5 record into the dual, with their lone win coming on Nov. 1 when they defeated Life Pacific 37-6. Included in their losses is a 41-5 loss to D1 Stanford on Nov. 10. Their lone tournament so far was the Roadrunner Open, where Jordan Gurrola led them with a third-place finish. Gurrola is ranked No. 11 at 133 pounds. Following the dual the Gators will also wrestle Colorado-Mesa before competing at the Menlo Invitational as well.
The Mavericks bring a 2-4 record into the weekend, with wins over Cloud County CC and Nebraska-Kearney. They most recently competed at the Desert Duals where they went 0-3, with losses to No. 8 Pitt-Johnstown, No. 2 (D3) Wartburg College and No. 6 Minnesota State. The top wrestler for the Mavericks in Nolan Krone, who is 12-4 at 184 pounds.
After the trip the Dragons will resume NSIC competition on Jan. 11-12 when they face U-Mary and Minot State on the road. Their next home dual is Jan. 26 when they host Upper Iowa at 2 p.m.