SMSU heads to Northern State for conference dual

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (0-1, 0-1 NSIC) travels to Northern State (4-1, 2-1 NSIC) for the first road conference dual of the season on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Wachs Arena.

SMSU returns to action after competing in the Doane University Open on Dec. 8. Justin Haneke placed fourth and Jackson Ryan placed sixth after Haneke (149) and Ryan (197) both went 3-2 on the day. The Mustangs are 0-1 in dual action this season, falling 35-6 to No. 1 St. Cloud State on Nov. 29. Andrew Petersen and Cortez Arredondo earned the only two victories for the Mustangs. Petersen defeated Brady Reigstad in a 5-3 decision and Arredondo earned a 5-3 victory over Taner Trembley. Arredondo is ranked at No. 8 in the NWCA at 157-pounds.

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SMSU INDIVIDUAL LEADERS:
157 – Cortez Arredondo – 16-4
Hwt – Andrew Petersen – 15-6
197 – Jackson Ryan – 12-6
165 – Kegen Fingalsen – 11-8
184 – Cole Hennen – 10-5
125 – Ben Emrich – 10-7

SMSU PROBABLE LINEUP:
125 – Willie Meine (4-9)
133 – Brock Buysse (5-8)
141 – Riley Altenburg (4-8)
149 – Justin Haneke (5-5)
157 – Cortez Arredondo (16-4)
165 – Kegen Fingalsen (11-8)
174 – Griffin Osing (9-5)
184 – Cole Hennen (10-5)
197 – Ben Thompson (7-9)
285 – Andrew Petersen (15-6)

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NORTHERN STATE — Northern State is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the NSIC. NSU was set to finish ninth in the NSIC 2018-19 Preseason Wrestling Coaches’ Poll. Last season, NSU sent Blake Perryman to the NCAA National Championships, where Perryman finished third and earned All-American honors. Kenny Jones was named a NSIC Wrestler to Watch. Jones wrestles at 133 pounds and 12-5 last season. Kolton Roth and Caden Moore are ranked No. 6 and No. 10 in the NWCA National Rankings, released on Dec. 31. NSU earned a 21-13 victory over Augustana last Thursday, ending an over two-decade losing streak.

NORTHERN STATE HISTORY — SMSU leads the all-time series 28-9-3 over NSU. The Mustangs have won the past eight matches dating back to the 2010-11 season. The Mustangs won the last dual 37-6 at home. SMSU won eight of the ten classes.

NORTHERN STATE PROBABLE LINEUP:
125 – Dayne Morton
133 – Kenny Jones
141 – No. 6 Kolton Roth
149 – No. 10 Caden Moore
157 – Walker Carr
165 – Billy Holtan OR Tanner Wiese
174 – Jake Flakus OR Paxton Mewes
184 – Kaden Campbell OR Riley Lura
197 – Diego Gallegos
285 – Harrison Townsend

HEAD COACH: Jesse Nelson is in his 12th season as head coach at SMSU in 2018-19. Nelson was named the fourth coach in the program history on Aug. 22, 2007. Nelson, the 2013-14 NSIC Coach of the Year, Nelson has a career dual record of 81-88-1, including 30-51 in conference matches. During his tenure, Nelson has groomed 20 national qualifiers–including three two-time qualifiers and three three-time qualifiers–along with 11 All-NSIC honorees.

UP NEXT — Southwest Minnesota State hosts Augsburg on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a non-conference dual.

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