Jones Knocks Off Top-Ranked Wrestler; Dragons Fall in Dual to No. 1 St. Cloud State
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Sophomore Cole Jones picked up a win over the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 125 to lead the way for the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team in the Dragons’ 32-6 loss to No. 1 ranked St. Cloud State on Thursday night at Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minn.
Jones, whose ranked No. 7 in the nation at 125, picked up a huge upset at 125 pounds, winning a 6-4 decision over No. 1 Brett Velasquez to pick up three points for MSUM. Jones is now 21-7 on the year.
“Cole wrestled great,” MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said. “He went out there and fought and picked up a big win against a very good region opponent.”
The other win for MSUM was a 1-0 decision at 174 pounds by senior Adam Blees, who topped Hunter Gray for the win.
SCSU will compete next at Upper Iowa on Feb. 7 with a 7 p.m. match in Fayette, Iowa.
MSUM (2-8, 2-4 NSIC) is back in action on Friday when they travel to Marshall, Minn. to face the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs. The dual is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
St. Cloud State 32, MSU-Moorhead 6
184 – Chase Helmick (SCSU) maj dec. Evan Foster (MSUM) 12-4
197 – Vince Dietz (SCSU) maj dec. Mitchell Kotschevar (MSUM) 15-6
285 – Noah Ryan (SCSU) dec. Jordan Magnuson (MSUM) 3-1
125 – Cole Jones (MSUM) dec. Brett Velasquez (SCSU) 6-4
133 – Garrett Vos (SCSU) dec. Seth Hutchison (MSUM) 10-8 (SV-1)
141 – Travis Swanson (SCSU) fall Mason Schulz (MSUM) 1:12
149 – James Pleski (SCSU) dec. Dylan Connell (MSUM) 5-3
157 – Jake Barzowski (SCSU) maj dec. Braydon Ortloff (MSUM) 12-2
165 – Devin Fitzpatrick (SCSU) tech fall Ryan Stenson (MSUM) 17-2
174 – Adam Blees (MSUM) dec. Hunter Gray (SCSU) 1-0