Mustangs find two ranked in latest polls

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling program has two wrestlers ranked in the InterMat rankings released on Wednesday and one wrestler ranked in the NWCA rankings released on Friday. The team is also ranked inside of both rankings.

Jackson Stauffacher jumped a spot, slotting in at No. 15 in the InterMat rankings at 125 pounds. He’s 7-0 this season, going 3-0 and winning each open tournament he has participated in, and won by forfeit in his lone dual appearance. He’s recorded two pins and a major decision and is 3-0 in decisions.

Caden Steffen leads the charge for the individuals, ranking fourth in both the InterMat and NWCA rankings at 184 pounds. Steffen is 11-1 on the season and 3-0 in duals after defeating Gage Roaldson of MSUM by decision (7-1) in SMSU’s 32-8 dual win on Jan. 20, 2022. His only loss this season has been by injury default and has won three matches by fall, one by tech fall, and three by major decision.

SMSU has also been recognized for its team success, as InterMat ranks the Mustangs at No. 20 in the team rankings, and NWCA ranks them at No. 21.


SMSU has not hosted a dual or open yet this season. The Mustangs’ road map continues next week, going to Bismarck, N.D., to wrestle UMary on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., before going to Minot, N.D., to face Minot State on Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. SMSU hosts St. Cloud State on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in its home opener.

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