Mustangs Look to Rebound After Rough Season

Southwest Minnesota State Returns Seven Starters, Including Two-Time All-American Cade Steffen

By Matt Krumrie

If it could go wrong last season, it did go wrong. That’s one way to sum up the 2022-2023 Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling season. Whether it was injuries or other challenges, the end result was not where head coach Chayse Jackson and staff wanted to be.

A perfect example was the fact that the team’s best wrestler, Cade Steffen, was ranked No. 2 in the country, had a record of 16-2, and was primed for a postseason run, but missed the last month of the season due to an injury suffered in a dual meet in late January. The Mustangs could not put together a full lineup at the Super Region V tournament, so a 10th-place finish (out of 10 teams) is no surprise. Add a 1-8 dual meet record, and Jackson and team are ready to put last year behind them.

“After a rough finish last season, we look to rebound this year,” Jackson said. “Coming off a year plagued with injuries and issues, the team has grown stronger and more resilient.”

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