SMSU ready for Nebraska-Kearney Open

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team continues action this Saturday in Kearney, Neb., for the Nebraska-Kearney Open.

SMSU second-year head coach Chayse Jackson expects 18 athletes to compete at the open which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Last Time Out: The Mustangs come in after having three different place winners at the Dakota Wesleyan Open, on Saturday, Nov. 9 … Caden Steffen led the way, going 5-0 and placing first at 184. He won four of his five matches by decision. In his first match, Steffen defeated a two-time NAIA All-American and then earned a victory over Kolby Kost from Augustana. In his third match of the day he won by fall before winning his final two matches by decision … Luke Peterson ended his day 5-1, finishing second at 149. Peterson won in a variety of ways, picking up victories by tech fall, decision, major decision and by fall on route to the championship match where he fell to No. 8 ranked Nick Novak from St. Cloud State … Jacob Dykes wrapped up his day 3-0, placing sixth at 285. He won three straight matches by decision before withdrawing due to injury … Sean Howk finished his day 5-1, which included two fall victories, each occurring in the first period. Howk was unable to compete for a place due to the NCAA maximum of six matches in one day.

SMSU Leaders:
Caden Steffen (5-0)
Sean Howk (5-1)
Luke Peterson (5-1)
Jacob Dykes (3-0)
Lucas Hodges (3-2)
Carter Marx (3-2)

Following Saturday, SMSU will compete in one more open, at MSU Moorhead on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Mustangs will open their NSIC dual season at home on Friday, Dec. 9, against Northern State at 7 p.m.

SMSU Probable Wrestlers:
125- Ben Emrich
133- Hunter Pfantz
141- Hayden Straumann
149- Luke Peterson
149- Tyler Soltau
157- Joseph Anderson
157- Sean Howk
157- Tallin Johnson
165- Lucas Hodges
165- Brandon Lalla
174- Nye Becker
174- Jace Paplow
174- Elijah Sterner
184- Kevin Bostwick
184- Caden Steffen
197- Carter Marx
285- Jacob Dykes
285- German Fitzgerald

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