SMSU to host annual Brown and Gold dual on Saturday

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team will hold its annual Brown and Gold dual this Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. in the PE Gym in preparation for the 2021-22 season.

Chayse Jackson begins his first season leading the Mustangs after being named the fifth head coach in program history on July 15. He joins the program after three seasons as an assistant coach at Minot State University.

SMSU finished last season 1-4 during a condensed season that saw them only compete against NSIC programs due to COVID-19.

The 2021-22 roster features a total of 29 athletes, including four seniors, 12 juniors, nine sophomores, a redshirt freshman, and three true freshmen.

Junior Cade Steffen was ranked No. 5 in the NWCA DII preseason rankings earlier this month. After transferring in from the University of Minnesota, the 184-pounder opened his Mustang career in style, placing fifth at the NCAA Championships on his way to becoming an NCAA All-American. Steffen finished the season 11-5, including a 5-1 Super Regional record and 3-2 record in the NCAA Championships.

Alongside Steffen is Jacob Dykes, a junior heavyweight who finished last season 5-4 and 3-2 in NSIC matches. Dykes finished 2-2 in the super regionals, falling in the consolation finals.

Junior Jackson Stauffacher also returns after a 5-4 season in 2020-21. The Belle Plaine native went 2-2 in the NCAA Super Regional a season ago and finished the season 2-0 in major decisions and 3-2 in decisions.

The Mustangs finished just outside of the preseason NWCA Top 25 poll, receiving 10 votes.

Southwest Minnesota State opens the 2021-22 season on Nov. 13 at the Dakota Wesleyan Open. SMSU will open conference duals on Friday, Dec. 10, in Aberdeen, S.D., against Northern State at 7 p.m., and will open its home schedule on Friday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. versus Upper Iowa.

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