Mustangs end dual season against No. 5 Huskies

MARSHALL, Minn. – The No. 22 Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (1-5, 1-5 NSIC) will travel to St. Cloud for its final dual meet of the season on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

MUSTANGS IN THE RANKINGS: SMSU has two wrestlers ranked in the NWCA rankings (Jan. 20). Caden Steffen leads the way for the Mustangs, ranking second at 184 pounds. Steffen is 16-2 on the season and 3-1 in duals. Steffen has been named NSIC Wrestler of the Week twice this season, on Nov. 11 Steffen won the award after placing first at the Dakota Wesleyan tournament and won the award again on Dec. 19 after placing first at the Midwest Classic. … Jacob Dykes entered the NWCA rankings at No. 11 after defeating the reigning national champion Darrell Mason by a 3-1 decision. Dykes was the first to defeat Mason since Mason joined division II and was named the NSIC Wrestler of the Week for his victory (Jan. 16) … SMSU has also been recognized for its team success, as the NWCA ranks the Mustangs at No. 22.

LAST TIME OUT: The Mustangs lost a pair of home duals to Minot State on Friday by a score of 23-15 and on Saturday to No. 14 UMary by a score of 39-3. Sean Howk had a strong weekend, going 2-0, picking up a pair of decision victories. Howk will look to build off that strong weekend, as he faces off against No. 2 Nick Novak.

SMSU Leaders:
Caden Steffen (16-2)
Jacob Dykes (13-7)
Sean Howk (13-9)
Luke Peterson (10-5)
Lucas Hodges (10-11)
Carter Marx (9-10)

ST. CLOUD STATE NOTES: The Huskies (14-1 overall, 7-1 NSIC) are currently ranked fifth in the NWCA poll and have seven wrestlers ranked in the NWCA rankings, No. 7 at 125 Paxton Creese, No. 11 at 133 Sam Spencer, No. 11 at 141 Alyeus Craig, No. 8 at 149 Joey Bianchini, No. 2 at 157 Nick Novak, No. 1 at 174 Abner Romero, No. 10 at 197 Dominic Murphy.

ST. CLOUD STATE SERIES HISTORY: St. Cloud leads the all-time series 37-12-1 in a series that dates back to 1969. The Huskies have won 15 straight matchups, with SMSU last winning on Feb. 16, 2006. The Mustangs are 2-19-1 on the road against St. Cloud.

SMSU Probable Lineup
125 presented by Countryside Golf Club – Ben Emrich (2-12)
133 presented by Laleman Construction – Open
141 presented by Borch’s Sporting Goods – Hunter Pfantz (8-13)
149 presented by Marshall Auto Exchange – Tyler Soltau (2-17)
157 presented by Wendinger Travel – Sean Howk (13-9)
165 presented by Xcaliber Gunsmithing – Lucas Hodges (10-11)
174 presented by Cottonwood Oil Co-op – Elijah Sterner (2-14)
184 presented by Borch’s Sporting Goods – Kevin Bostwick (3-11) or Jace Paplow (3-5)
197 presented by Mustang Wrestling Club – Carter Marx (9-10)
285 presented by Countryside Golf Club – No. 11 Jacob Dykes (13-7)

ST. CLOUD STATE Probable Lineup
125 – No. 7 Paxton Creese (15-2) or Ashton Clark (5-9)
133 – Caleb Meekings (13-6), No. 11 Sam Spencer (15-5) or Robby Horsman (9-7)
141 – No. 11 Alyeus Craig (20-3)
149 – No. 8 Joey Bianchini (12-1)
157 – No. 2 Nick Novak (19-0) or Blake Legred (16-4)
165 – Anthony Herrera (12-5) or Jimmy Pierandozzi (15-3)
174 – No. 1 Abner Romero (12-0) or Bryce Dagel (10-7)
184 – Shaeden Scheidt (11-4), Bryce Fitzpatrick (7-5), Tyson Meyer (15-3)
197 – No. 10 Dominic Murphy (21-3)
285 – Elijah Novak (18-8) or Kaleb Haase (7-8)

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