Southwest Minnesota State 18, MSU-Moorhead 16

SMSU wins final four bouts to earn thrilling season-opening win at MSUM

MOORHEAD Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team opened its dual season on Thursday night earning a thrilling come-from-behind victory over No. 25 MSU Moorhead 18-16 at Alex Nemzek Hall.

SMSU trailed 16-6 after six bouts, but rallied back earning victories in the final four matches to secure the victory and pick up its third straight win over MSUM.

The comeback started at 174 pounds as Hayden Voxland earned an 11-4 decision to cut the deficit to 16-9. Caden Steffen, in his first match as a Mustangs at 184, trailed late in the match by one points, but Steffen was able to rally and earn a take down and secure an 11-5 victory in the final seconds, to make the score 16-12 in favor of MSUM.

No. 8 ranked Jackson Ryan at 197 kept the winnings ways for SMSU as he was able to hold on for a 5-3 decision to pull the Mustangs to within 16-15 heading into the final bout.

SMSU heavyweight Jacob Dykes came through in a big way as earned four points in the second period and would earn a 4-1 victory and give the Mustangs the dual win.

MSUM’s Cole Jones had an impressive opening bout against SMSU’s Ben Emrich winning with a major decision 8-0. Jackson Stauffacher put SMSU on the board with a 10-5 win at 133, before Justin Sampson suffered a 4-1 defeat at 141.

SMSU’s Robert Shields recorded a big 5-1 victory at 149 to cut the MSUM lead to 7-6, before the Mustangs’ Sean Howk and Carter Marx suffered back-to-back losses to make the deficit 16-6.

Southwest Minnesota State will be back in action next Thursday, Jan. 14, for its home opener taking on the University of Mary starting at 7 p.m. in the second of six NSIC duals this season.

The Dragons host Upper Iowa on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

Southwest Minnesota State 18, MSU-Moorhead 16
125: Cole Jones (MSM) over Ben Emrich (SMSU) (MD 8-0)
133: Jackson Stauffacher (SMSU) over Joey Nerdahl (MSM) (Dec 10-5)
141: Mason Schulz (MSM) over Justin Sampson (SMSU) (Dec 4-1)
149: Robert Shields (SMSU) over Angel Rios (MSM) (Dec 5-1)
157: Tell Ward (MSM) over Sean Howk (SMSU) (Dec 6-4)
165: Braydon Ortloff (MSM) over Carter Marx (SMSU) (Fall 5:54)
174: Hayden Voxland (SMSU) over Evan Foster (MSM) (Dec 11-4)
184: Caden Steffen (SMSU) over Steven Abbott (MSM) (Dec 11-5)
197: Jackson Ryan (SMSU) over Jake Erckenbrack (MSM) (Dec 5-3)
285: Jacob Dykes (SMSU) over Jaden Oestren (MSM) (Dec 4-1)

125 Extra: Cameron Williams (MSM) over Patrick Baumgardner (SMSU) (Fall 1:38)
149 Extra: Luke Peterson (SMSU) over Ethan Kiehm (MSM) (MD 19-5)
165 Extra: Kevin Bostwick (SMSU) over Justin Dravis (MSM) (Dec 6-2)
174 Extra: Jace Paplow (SMSU) over Cody Dravis (MSM) (Dec 9-6)
174 Extra: Gage Roaldson (MSM) over Elijah Sterner (SMSU) (Fall 4:08)

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