Mustangs’ Ryan earns spot at NCAA Championships with third place finish at Super Regional V

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Southwest Minnesota State senior Jackson Ryan won three of four matches to claim third place at 197 pounds and earn a spot at the NCAA Championships during the 10-team NCAA Super Region V Championships inside the Sioux Falls Arena on Saturday.

The top three finishers in each of the 10 weight classes advance to the NCAA Championships on March 13-14 at the Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Ryan won his first bout of the day at 197 pounds earning a 5-0 victory over Augustana’s Daniel Bishop in the quarterfinals. He lost in the championship semifinals by a 12-1 score to No. 1 ranked Nick Baumler from Upper Iowa, but came back with a 4-1 victory over 10th ranked Matt Blome from Minnesota State. Ryan then punched his ticket to nationals with a thrilling 7-5 rematch victory over Bishop to claim third place.

It’s the third straight season SMSU has had a national qualifier.

Cole Hennen picked up SMSU’s first win of the day in the first round with a 14-7 decision over Steven Abbott from MSU Moorhead at 184 pounds. He lost in the quarterfinals, but rebounded with a 10-8 sudden victory in the consolation second round over Tanner Anthony from Wisconsin-Parkside. Hennen’s day came to end in the consolation third round with a hard-fought 4-2 overtime loss to Austin Eichmann from UMary.

Hunter Pfantz lost his opening bout at 125, but rebounded with an 11-5 win over Landen Fischer from Northern State. He was then eliminated in the consolation third round by major decision (11-2) to Trenton McManus from Minnesota State.

At 174, Hayden Voxland dropped his first bout of the day, but came back with a 2-1 victory over Edgar Heredia from Wisconsin-Parkside in the consolation second round. Voxland then lost his final bout of the day in the consolation third round with a 14-1 loss to Ben Kelvington from Minnesota State.

Jackson Stauffacher (133), Justin Sampson (141), Robert Shields (149), Nathan Moore (157), Jacob Backlund (165) and Neil Hanson (285) all finished the championship with 0-2 records.

NCAA Division II Northern Regional Qualifier Results

SMSU Results:

Championship First Round
125 – Hunter Pfantz (17-8) – BYE
133 – Jackson Stauffacher (7-1) BYE
141 – Justin Sampson (11-10) BYE
149 – Robert Shields (16-14) BYE
157 – Nathan Moore (7-16) lost dec. (6-3) to Jacob Tvinnereim (AU)
165 – Jacob Backlund (2-6) BYE
174 – Hayden Voxland (14-12) lost tech. fall (19-1) to Kolten Eischens (SCSU)
184 – Cole Hennen (10-9) won dec. (14-7) over Steven Abbott (MSUM)
197 – Jackson Ryan (18-6) BYE
285 – Neil Hanson (0-1) lost dec. (4-0) to Triston Westerlund (UIU)

Championship Quarterfinals
125 – Hunter Pfantz lost dec. (11-4) to Brandon Betancourt (SCSU)
133 – Jackson Stauffacher lost dec. (5-2) to Jack Huffman (AU)
141 – Justin Sampson lost major dec. (13-4) to Joey Bianchini (SCSU)
149 – Robert Shields lost dec. (10-3) to James Pleski (SCSU)
157 –
165 – Jacob Backlund lost dec. (6-0) to Shane Gantz (UWP)
174 –
184 – Cole Hennen lost major dec. (14-4) to Trevor Turriff (MSU)
197 – Jackson Ryan won dec. (5-0) over Daniel Bishop (AU)
285 –

Consolation – Round 2
125 – Hunter Pfantz won dec. (11-5) over Landen Fischer (NSU)
133 – Jackson Stauffacher lost major dec. (18-6) to Laken Boese (UMARY) – Stauffacher eliminated
149 – Robert Shields lost dec. (10-4) to Devin Steidler (UMARY) – Shields eliminated
157 – Nathan Moore lost dec. (3-2) to Zachary Berry (MINOT) – Moore eliminated
174 – Hayden Voxland won dec. (2-1) over Edgar Heredia (UWP)
184 – Cole Hennen won SV-1 (10-8) over Tanner Anthony (UWP)
285 – Neil Hanson lost dec. (6-3) to Caleb Lefferdink (NSU) – Hanson eliminated

Consolation – Round 3
125 – Hunter Pfantz lost major dec. (11-2) to Trenton McManus (MSU) – Pfantz eliminated
141 – Justin Sampson lost dec. (2-1) to Louie Sanders (MSU) – Sampson eliminated
165 – Jacob Backlund lost dec. (3-0) to Billy Holtan (NSU) – Backlund eliminated
174 – Hayden Voxland lost major dec. (14-1) to Ben Kelvington (AU) – Voxland eliminated
184 – Cole Hennen lost SV-1 (4-2) to Austin Eichmann (UMARY) – Hennen eliminated

Championship Semifinals
197 – Jackson Ryan lost major dec. (12-1) to Nick Baumler (UIU)

Consolation – Semifinals
197 – Jackson Ryan won dec. (4-1) over Matt Blome (MSU)

Consolation – Finals (Third Place)
197 – Jackson Ryan won dec. (7-5) over Daniel Bishop (AU)

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