Mustangs return to the road for a matchup in Moorhead

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team returns to the road, traveling north to Moorhead to meet up with the Dragons of MSU Moorhead for a Thursday, Jan. 20 dual. First bout is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

MUSTANGS IN THE RANKINGS: SMSU has two wrestlers ranked in the InterMat rankings (Jan. 13) and one wrestler ranked in the NWCA rankings (Dec. 29). The team is also ranked inside of both rankings … Jackson Stauffacher slots in at No. 16 in the InterMat rankings at 125 pounds. He’s 6-0 this season, going 3-0 and winning each open tournament he has participated in. 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 10-1 on the season and 2-0 in duals. 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 in a tie for 20th in the team rankings and NWCA ranks them at No. 25.

LAST TIME OUT: The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team suffered a 39-6 loss at the hands of Augustana in the Mustangs’ first action in over a month at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Saturday afternoon. The match started at 125 pounds, with Jaxson Rohman of Augustana controlling the bout, defeating Ben Emrich by major decision, 19-5 to give the Vikings an early 4-0 lead. Jack Huffman would waste no time increasing the Augie lead, defeating Hunter Pfantz via first-period pin to go up 10-0 through two bouts. Brayden Curry would keep the Viking ship sailing, defeating Justin Sampson 5-2 in a hard-fought bout at 141 pounds. The Mustangs would get on the board at 149 as Robert Shields would win by 10-6 decision over Kenneth Lenger to trail 13-3 after four bouts. Augie would get back on track at 157, as Tyler Wagener would defeat Lucas Hodges by major decision to extend the Augie lead to 17-3. Following the intermission, Augie picked up right where they left off, winning by major decision at 165 and by fall at 174 to take a commanding 27-3 lead with three bouts to go. Caden Steffen picked up his tenth win of the season, defeating Kolby Kost 6-1 to give SMSU its second win of the dual. Augie would pick up pins at 197 and 285 to close the dual.

SMSU Leaders:
Caden Steffen (10-1)
Carter Marx (9-5)
Hunter Pfantz (9-7)
Neil Hanson (8-4)
Dillon McEachran (8-6)

The Mustangs’ road map continues, 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.

MSUM NOTES: The Dragons (0-2 overall, 0-1 NSIC) will be wrestling in their first dual since Dec. 9, 2021, a 41-0 loss at the hands of UMary … The Dragons are led by Cole Jones, a 2021 National qualifier and second-place finisher at the Super Regionals at 125 pounds a season ago. He’s 5-6 on the year and most recently placed seventh at 133 pounds at the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis, Ind. … Declan Malone leads the team with a 6-2 record … Gage Ronaldson is 3-1 this season after winning a pair of matches in the Super Regional a season ago.

MSUM SERIES HISTORY: MSUM leads the all-time series 27-23-1 in a series that dates back to 1983. SMSU has won the previous three meetings, including an 18-16 victory in their last meeting on Jan. 7, 2021. SMSU has won eight of the previous 11 meetings, with MSUM’s last win coming on Feb. 10, 2018, with the Dragons defeating the Mustangs 25-13.

SMSU Probable Wrestlers:

125 – Jackson Stauffacher
133 – Hunter Pfantz
141 – Luke Peterson or Justin Sampson
149 – Robert Shields or Sean Howk
157 – Lucas Hodges
165 – Elijah Sterner
174 – Carter Marx
184 – Caden Steffen
197 – Dillon McEachran
285 – Jacob Dykes

MSU Moorhead Probable Wrestlers:

125 – Dane Christopherson
133 – Cole Jones
141 – Hunter Hayes
149 – Jacob Thomas
157 – Peyton Ringling
165 – Braydon Ortloff
174 – Justin Dravis
184 – Gage Roaldson
197 – Steve Abbott
285 – Sam Grove

Check out Mustangs Wrestling at smsumustangs.com and on Twitter.

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