SMSU hosts MSU Moorhead for final home match

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (0-6, 0-5 NSIC) hosts MSU Moorhead (2-7, 2-3 NSIC) on Friday night in the PE Gym.

Friday’s dual against MSU Moorhead is the final home match of the season.

SMSU NOTES: SMSU dropped the dual to Minnesota State on Saturday, 22-9, after an early 6-0 lead. The dual started at 197 where Cole Hennen picked up his first conference victory of the season with a 7-3 win over MSU’s Dylan Butts.

Andrew Petersen followed up with a 4-3 decision victory over Logan Linderbaum to secure the 6-0 lead. SMSU dropped the next four bouts before Cortez Arredondo continued his undefeated streak in the conference with a 3-1 decision over Daniel Close.

Arredondo is ranked No. 8 in the latest NWCA poll released on Jan. 11.

SMSU Leaders:
Cortez Arredondo (20-5)
Andrew Petersen (18-8)
Kegen Fingalsen (13-11)
Cole Hennen (11-9)
Hayden Voxland (11-15)

MSU MOORHEAD NOTES: The Dragons suffered a near loss to No. 19 Upper Iowa. The dual was tied at 15-15 heading into the final, 285 match, before Upper Iowa earned a 3-1 decision win for the victory. MSU’s Cole Jones, Mason Schulz, Braydon Ortloff, Evan Foster, and Adam Blees each picked up an individual win.

Foster leads the team with a 22-12 record at 197 while nationally-ranked No. 10 Adam Blees at 174 has a 13-8 record and No. 7 Cole Jones at 125 has 20 wins this season.

SERIES HISTORY: MSU Moorhead leads the all-time series 27-20-1. The Dragons have won the past two consecutive meets and three of the last four. The Dragons broke a four-match losing streak with a victory in 2014-15 with a 25-15 victory in Marshall. The Dragons won the last meeting 25-13 in Moorhead.

SMSU Probable Line Up:
125: Ben Emrich (10-10)
133: Brock Buysse (5-13)
141: Jordan Biehn (5-8)
149: Justin Haneke (7-8)
157: Cortez Arredondo (20-5)
165: Kegen Fingalsen (13-11)
174: Dru Kuchenbaker (8-8)
184: Griffin Osing (9-7)
197: Cole Hennen (11-9)
285: Andrew Petersen (18-8)

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