Southwest Minnesota State 22 Minot State 15

SMSU Defeats No. 23 Minot State In Thrilling Battle

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (4-6, 3-4 NSIC) rallied against No. 23 Minot State (4-7, 0-5 NSIC) to earn a 22-15 victory on Friday night in the R/A Facility.

The dual started at 149 and opened with three bout victories for Minot State before Hayden Voxland (174) started the winning streak for the Mustangs with a decision victory over Joey Lopez. Cole Hennen (184) then followed behind with a victory by major decision (12-0) over Noe Garcia.

The momentum change came at 197 when Jackson Ryan took to the mat for no more than a minute before earning a win by pin at 30 seconds over MISU’s Dustin Swisher. Ryan’s victory gave the Mustangs the first lead of the night at 13-9.

The Mustangs dropped the next two bouts at 285 and 125 to MISU’s two ranked wrestlers. No. 6 Dean Arevalo at 125 earned a 14-7 decision victory over Willie Meine and No. 8 Jordan Will earned a 3-2 decision victory over Neil Hanson to take back a 15-13 lead.

133-pounder Jackson Stauffacher put the Mustangs back in the win column with a win by fall at 3:36 over Oscar Nellis, and to finish it off, Justin Sampson claimed an 8-3 victory over Liam Hayden.

This is the second dual this season the Mustangs have defeated a ranked opponent. The Mustangs defeated then-ranked No. 17 Northern State on Jan. 10.

Southwest Minnesota State 22 Minot State 15
149 | Shadi Mitwalli wins by decision (13-6) over Robert Shields. MISU 3, SMSU 0.
157 | Zach Berry wins by decision (3-1) over Nathan Moore. MISU 6, SMSU 0.
165 | Nathan Baca wins by (3-0) over Jacob Backlund. MISU 9, SMSU 0.
174 | Hayden Voxland wins by decision (11-6) over Joey Lopez. MISU 9, SMSU 3.
184 | Cole Hennen wins by major decision (12-0) over Noe Garcia. MISU 9, SMSU 7.
197 | Jackson Ryan wins by fall at 30 over Dustin Swisher. MISU 9, SMSU 13.
285 | Jordan Will wins by decision (3-2) over Neil Hanson. MISU 12, SMSU 13.
125 | Dean Arevalo wins by decision (14-7) over Willie Meine. MISU 15, SMSU 13.
133 | Jackson Stauffacher wins by fall at 3:36 over Oscar Nellis, MISU 15, SMSU 19.
141 | Justin Sampson wins by decision (8-3) over Liam Hayden. MISU 15, SMSU 22.

Southwest Minnesota State hosts UMary in the final dual of the regular conference season on Saturday at 3 p.m. for senior day.

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