MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team will host the No. 1 St. Cloud State Huskies on Thursday night before traveling to Marshall, Minn. to face Southwest Minnesota State on Friday night. Live video for both duals will be available on msumdragons.com.
The Dragons are coming off a narrow loss to No. 19 Upper Iowa in a match that was tied at 15 heading into the 285 pound match, where Upper Iowa pulled out a 3-1 win to take the dual. MSUM won five matches during the dual, with Cole Jones, Mason Schulz, Braydon Ortloff, Evan Foster and Adam Blees winning their respective matches.
Foster continues to lead the Dragons with a 22-12 record. Jones is close behind with 20 wins while Schulz is 18-15 on the season. Ortloff will bring a 17-10 record into the duals while Blees is 13-8 this season.
Head coach Kris Nelson is in his 10th season as head coach of MSUM. He is assisted by Blake Bosch (second season), Justin Solberg (third season) and Tyler Lehmann (second season).
About St. Cloud State
The Huskies come into the dual ranked No. 1 in the nation. They have a 4-0 record in NSIC duals and a 15-0 overall record. Their last dual action was a 42-7 win over Northern State on Jan. 24. They have seven wrestlers ranked in the top-12 nationally, including Brett Velazquez, who is No. 1 at 125 pounds.
About Southwest Minnesota State
The Mustangs enter the dual with a 0-5 conference record and a 0-6 overall record. Their last dual action was a 22-9 loss to Minnesota State on Jan. 26. Following the MSUM dual they will compete at the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Open on Saturday. Cortez Arrendondo is the only Mustang to be ranked, coming in as the No. 6 wrestler at 157 pounds.
The Dragons will wrap up the regular season on Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. when they host Minnesota State Mankato before hosting the Super Region 5 tournament on Feb. 23 at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.