Nine Mustangs place as open season wraps up in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team closed its open schedule with nine place winners and a pair of first-place finishers at the Dragon Open in Moorhead, Minn., hosted by MSU Moorhead.

For the second consecutive open, Jackson Stauffacher would go 3-0 and place first at 125 pounds. He won a pair of matches by fall in the first round, defeating Julian Perez of North Dakota State in 1:47 in the quarterfinals and capping off his day defeating Landen Fischer of Northern State in 1:49 in the first-place match. He is now 6-0 to start the season, including a pair of first-place finishes.

Caden Steffen returned to the mat with an undefeated day at 184, finishing first after winning by tech fall in the quarterfinals, a 6-1 decision in the semifinals, and a 12-1 major decision in the finals. Steffen moves his record to 8-1, with his lone loss coming by injury default.

Dillon McEachran earned a second-place finish at 197, winning a pair of decisions over NSIC foes before having to medically forfeit the first-place match, in the quarterfinals, he topped Isaac Grams of St. Cloud State 7-4 before defeating Cole Huss of Northern State 3-2. McEachran is now 8-4 on the season.

Brandon Lalla earned his first wins of the season, winning a 4-1 decision against Kale Farrington of Minot State in the quarterfinals and taking down Rourke Martin of Minot State by fall in 2:45 to reach the first-place match at 174 before losing to Mac Copeland of St. Cloud State 5-2.

Hunter Pfantz finished the day 1-2 to slot in third place at 133, Lucas Hodges and Carter Marx finished fourth at 157 and 174, respectively, and Tyler Soltau and Elijah Sterner finished in sixth place at 149 and 165.

“After a slow start, the guys showed their grit and determination battling back in a tough tournament.” said first-year head coach Chayse Jackson. ” For the first time this season, we got to see some conference competition and measure where we sit. There was a lot of positives and a host of great matches. We have more to work on and improve, but I am looking forward to carrying our momentum from today into our conference opener on Friday. As always, we will focus on being better tomorrow than we were today.”

MSU Moorhead Dragon Open Results

Individual Results:

125- Ben Emrich, 0-2
125- Jackson Stauffacher, 3-0, first place
13- Hunter Pfantz, 1-2, third place
141- Rees Lehman, 0-2
149- Robert Shields, 0-2
149- Tyler Soltau, 2-3, sixth place
157- Lucas Hodges, 2-2, fourth place
165- Nathan Moore, 0-2
165- Jace Paplow, 0-2
165- Elijah Sterner, 1-3, sixth place
174- Kevin Bostwick, 0-2
174- Brandon Lalla, 2-1, second place
174 Carter Marx, 3-2, fourth place
184- Caden Steffen, 3-0, first place
197- Dillon McEachran, 2-0, second place
285- Jacob Dykes, 1-2

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