Minot State 21 Southwest Minnesota State 14

Mustangs end weekend with loss at Minot State

MINOT, N.D.- The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (1-4 overall, 1-4 NSIC) would take a lead into the final two bouts, but it wouldn’t be enough to defeat Minot State (1-4, 1-3) as the Beavers would take a 21-14 victory on Saturday afternoon in the Minot State Dome.

The dual opened at 125 pounds, as Jackson Stauffacher would lead by as much as 7-1 en route to a 7-4 victory to give SMSU an early 3-0 lead. Brandon Meikel would get Minot State on the board at 133, clawing out a 3-2 victory over Hunter Pfantz.

Justin Sampson would get SMSU back on track at 141, winning by decision at 8-5 to retake the lead, but decisions at 149, 157, and 165 would go in favor of the Beavers, giving them a 12-6 lead.

Carter Marx would attempt to fuel a Mustang comeback at 174, picking up three second-period points to help narrowly defeat Austin Frantzich 3-1. Caden Steffen would give the Mustangs the lead at 184 with a tactical 20-5 tech fall, jolting SMSU to the 14-12 lead with two bouts to go.

The Beavers would take control in the final bouts, as Keegan Berry would pin Dillon McEachran in less than 30 seconds to reclaim the lead, and Jordan Will would battle to a 2-0 victory over Jacob Dykes to take the 21-14 victory.

“Today was a tough battle. It was a unique experience for me to come back to minot and be the enemy.” said head coach Chayse Jackson. “Today, the team showed that we must get better. We must improve. We cannot sit stagnant. A few great individual performances kept us in the dual, but we need to minimize bonus points and score when we have the opportunity “

Southwest Minnesota State comes home on Thursday, Feb. 3, hosting St. Cloud State inside the PE Gym, with action set to start at 7 p.m.

Minot State 21, Southwest Minnesota State 14
125| Jackson Stauffacher (SMSU) wins by decision (7-4) over Oscar Nellis, SMSU 3, MISU 0
133| Brandon Meikel (MS) wins by decision (3-2) over Hunter Pfantz, SMSU 3, MISU 3
141| Justin Sampson (SMSU) wins by decision (8-5) over Lincoln Stormer, SMSU 6, MISU 3
149| Shadi Mitwalli (MS) wins by decision (6-1) over Robert Shields, SMSU 6, MISU 6
157| Nathan Baca (MS) wins by decision (2-0) over Lucas Hodges, MISU 9, SMSU 6
165| Cannon Potts (MS) wins by decision (5-1) over Nathan Moore, MISU 12, SMSU 6
174| Carter Marx (SMSU) wins by decision (3-1) over Austin Frantzich, MISU 12, SMSU 9
184| Caden Steffen (SMSU) wins by tech fall (20-5) over Joseph Lopez, SMSU 12, MISU 14
197| Keegan Berry (MS) wins by fall (0:29) over Dillon McEachran, MISU 18, SMSU 14
285| Jordan Will (MS) wins by decision (2-0) over Jacob Dykes, MISU 21, SMSU 14

125| Logen Fischer wins by decision (8-6) over Ben Emrich
285| Jake Swirple wins by decision (7-5, SV-1) over Neil Hanson

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