MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team will compete this Saturday at the NCAA Division II Super Regional V Tournament at Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The Super Regional Tournament V includes nine NSIC wrestling institutions and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The top three finishers in each weight class will qualify for the NCAA Championships, to be held on March 13-14 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Competition begins on Saturday with the first session beginning at 9 a.m. and the second session beginning at 6 p.m.
Three nationally-ranked teams will be at the regional with No. 1 St. Cloud State, Upper Iowa at No. 8, and Minnesota State tied at No. 18.
SMSU head coach Jesse Nelson’s expected line-up for the weekend has only one wrestler who competed in last season’s region championship, Cole Hennen. Last season, Hennen was at 197 and will compete this year at 184.
133-pounder, Jackson Stauffacher, finished the regular season at 7-1, falling only one bout in the conference dual versus Augustana.
Jackson Ryan (197) earned a six-bout winning streak while Hayden Voxland (174) strung together a four-bout winning streak.
SMSU Probable Lineup:
125 – Hunter Pfantz (17-8)
133 – Jackson Stauffacher (7-1)
141 – Justin Sampson (11-10)
149 – Robert Shields (16-14)
157 – Nathan Moore (7-16)
165 – Jacob Backlund (2-6)
174 – Hayden Voxland (14-12)
184 – Cole Hennen (10-9)
197 – Jackson Ryan (18-6
285 – Neil Hanson (0-1)
Last Season at NCAA Regional
Southwest Minnesota State finished with a total 52.5 points to rank ninth out of 10 teams.
SMSU advanced two to the national tournament after 157-pounder Cortez Arredondo went 4-0 on the day to win the regional title.
Griffin Osing (184) also advanced to the NCAA tournament after taking home third place.
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 was a two-time national qualifier and it was Osing’s first trip to nationals.
Since moving to NCAA Division II in 1996, SMSU has qualified 45 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships with 12 All-Americans and one National Champion—Link Steffen in 1998.