MOORHEAD, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University 157-pound senior Cortez Arredondo won a regional title to earn his second trip to the NCAA DII Champions on March 8-9 in Cleveland, Ohio.
184-pound senior Griffin Osing took home third place to earn his first trip to the national tournament after a 4-1 day.
As a team, SMSU finished with a total of 52.5 points, ranking ninth out of 10 schools.
St. Cloud State earned the top-spot with a total 161 points.
Arredondo, who finished 4-0 on the day, secured his place at the national championships with a 5-4 decision victory over Colin Ayers from Augustana in the semifinals. Arredondo had two victories by fall in the opening round at 4:18 over Tucker Black from Upper Iowa and a victory by fall at 3:14 over Tanner Anthony from Wisconsin-Parkside and in the quarterfinals.
In the region championship match, Arredondo went to overtime to win a sudden victory over St. Cloud State’s Jake Barzowski.
This is the first regional title for Arredondo and his second trip to the NCAA Championships.
Griffin Osing received a bye the first round, fell in the quarterfinals but won three-straight in wrestlebacks to make it to the third-place match. In another close bout, Osing won in a 7-1 sudden victory win over Wisconsin-Parkside’s James Lehman.
Cole Hennen came one victory short with a loss in the third-place match against Augustana’s Clayton Wahlstrom with a 4-3 decision
Arredondo and Osing will compete at the NCAA Championships on March 8-9 in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the second straight appearance for Arredondo who competed last season after finishing second at Regionals.
125 – Ben Emrich (1-2)
133 – Brock Buysse (0-2)
141 – Jordan Biehn (0-2)
149 – Justin Haneke (2-2)
157 – Cortez Arredondo (4-0) First place
165 – Kegen Fingalsen (0-2)
174 – Dru Kuchenbaker (0-2)
184 – Griffin Osing (4-1) Third Place
197 – Cole Hennen (2-2)
285 – Andrew Petersen (1-2)