Dragons Start Fast, Finish Strong in Win Over Blue Hawks
DICKINSON, N.D. — From top to bottom, MSU Moorhead wrestling came out to a blazing start and was strong throughout in a 35-9 dual win over Dickinson State.
“Guys wrestled hard from the first match of the night to the last. We started the night out with senior Cody Dravis getting an exhibition match which he got a pin in and then Andre Baguma ended it with a pin at heavyweight,” said MSUM head coach Kris Nelson. “We were on the offensive in the majority of the matches and worked to get bonus points which we got in six of the 10 matches. We won the first seven matches and our intensity throughout the dual was high.”
Clayson Mele opened the dual with a bang for the Dragons, tallying two four-point near falls against Dickinson State’s Jose Gonzalez. The sophomore would eventually work for a technical fall early in the second period to give MSUM five early points. Thomas Carrillo would carry on the momentum in the 133-pound match, collecting over four minutes of riding time in a 9-1 major decision win.
Hunter Hayes would only continue to lift the Dragons with the 141-pounder scoring four takedowns and one four-point near fall against Dante Venema. Hayes scored four more team points for MSUM, nabbing a 14-2 major decision. Gunnar Mogen would follow that up with his ninth win in his last 11 matches against Caleb Nielsen. Utilizing a bonus point and one four-point near fall, Mogen notched an 11-5 decision win. The victory put the Dragons up 16-0.
Peyton Ringling would pick up a huge decision victory over Dickinson State’s Kale Corley at 157 pounds. Ringling battled to a tie-breaker period and grabbed the match-winning takedown nearly 30 seconds into the period. “Peyton Ringling dug deep in the 157-pound match, getting a takedown in overtime,” Nelson said. “Was nice to see him gut that match out.”
Jonas Anez would rack up nearly three minutes of riding time along with four takedowns to grab another major decision win for the Dragons. Anthony Castro would put MSUM up 29-0 with a swift pin of Jack Simons at 2:03 in the first period.
Andre Baguma would cap the night off with a second-period pin of Kyle Anderson. In the win, it is Baguma’s third win in four matches since he joined the starting lineup on January 27.
MSU Moorhead 34, Dickinson State 9
125 – Clayson Mele technical fall over Jose Gonzalez (18-2, 3:27)
133 – Thomas Carrillo major decision over Wyatt Engwicht (9-1)
141 – Hunter Hayes major decision over Dante Venema (14-2)
149 – Gunnar Mogen decision over Caleb Nielsen (11-5)
157 – Peyton Ringling decision over Kale Corley (TB-1, 6-4)
165 – Jonas Anez major decision over Tate Nordby (11-3)
174 – Anthony Castro pinned Jack Simons (2:03)
184 – Samuel Adams pinned Brett Graham (2:29)
197 – Konrich Speelmon decision over Samuel Grove (6-2)
HWT – Andre Baguma pinned Kyle Anderson (4:12)
The Dragons head home tonight and take off for Kenosha, Wis. for a Thursday night dual with seventh-ranked Parkside. The final dual of the regular season will commence at 7 p.m.