No. 25 Dragon Wrestlers Set to Host No. 20 Upper Iowa This Thursday

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team is back in action on Thursday when it hosts No. 20 Upper Iowa. The dual begins at 7 p.m. at Nemzek Fieldhouse on the MSUM campus.

Fans will not be allowed for Thursday’s dual but the match can be followed here.

Both teams are 0-1 overall and in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

MSUM built an 16-6 lead over Southwest Minnesota State on Jan. 7 but the Mustangs rallied to win the final four matches to earn an 18-16 win. Junior Cole Jones, ranked No. 6 in the nation at 125, won by an 8-0 major decision for the Dragons while junior Braydon Ortloff, a national qualifier last season, won by fall at 165. Junior Mason Schulz (141) and senior Tell Ward (157) also won by decision.

Kris Nelson is in his 12th season as the MSUM head wrestling coach.

About Upper Iowa
The Peacocks lost their opener on Jan. 7 to Northern State by an 18-15 score. Both teams won five matches in the dual but a win by fall at 149 prompted Northern to the win. Three Upper Iowa wrestlers are ranked in the nation — No. 9 Tate Murty (0-1) at 141, No. 8 Chase Luensman (1-0) at 157, and No. 8 Dalton Hahn (1-0) at 184. Heath Grimm is in his 21st season as the Upper Iowa head coach.

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