2018-19 Season In Review: Dragon Wrestling

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team wrapped up the 2018-19 season with two individuals qualifying for the national tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the 10th season under head coach Kris Nelson.

The Dragons finished the season with a 2-10 overall record and a 1-4 conference record with wins over Minot State and Northern State. The Dragons nearly knocked off two ranked teams late in the season, losing to No. 19 Upper Iowa 18-15 and No. 10 Minnesota State 18-16.

Sophomore Cole Jones led the team with 29 wins, finishing 29-10 overall at 125. Redshirt freshman Evan Foster was 27-17 at 184 while Mason Schulz was 24-18 at 141. Freshman Braydon Ortloff was 19-14 at 157 while senior captain Adam Blees was 17-12 at 174.

National Qualifiers
Two Dragons qualified for the NCAA D2 National Tournament by finishing in the top three at the Super Region V Tournament. Sophomore Cole Jones took third at the regional tournament at 125 while redshirt freshman Jordan Magnuson finished second at 285 to punch his ticket to the national tournament.

All-American
Jones became MSUM’s first All-American since assistant coach Blake Bosch in 2017 with a seventh-place finish at 125 pounds at the national tournament in Cleveland. Jones finished the national tournament with a 3-2 record and a 29-10 overall record on the season to lead the Dragons in that category.

All-NSIC
Jones was also an All-NSIC First Team selection at 125 pounds.

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