SMSU opens home NSIC schedule vs No. 9 Augustana on Friday night

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (2-2, 0-2 NSIC) will host the Augustana Vikings (6-4 overall, 1-1 NSIC), for an NSIC dual meet on Friday night, with the dual scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The Mustangs entered the NWCA Top 25 in the latest rankings, coming in at No. 24 on the team rankings. SMSU also remained at No. 25 in the team tournament rankings in the Open Mat rankings.

Jacob Dykes (sponsored by Countryside Golf)
Dykes is ranked at No. 11 in both the NWCA and Open Mat rankings. So far this season, Dykes has earned victories over Devon Rice (Newberry) who is currently ranked No. 10 in the NWCA rankings and No. 12 in the Open Mat rankings, as well as Jake Swirple, who is currently ranked No. 6 in the NWCA rankings and No. 8 in the Open Mat rankings.

Caden Steffen (sponsored by Borch’s)
At 197 pounds, Steffen currently ranks No. 4 in the NWCA and No. 3 in the Open Mat rankings. Steffen’s last two matches saw him pick up a sudden victory over Matt Kaylor (UMary) who currently ranks No. 8 NWCA and No. 9 in the Open Mat rankings, as well as a decision victory over Minot State’s Cannon Potts, who currently ranks No. 18 in the Open mat rankings.

LAST TIME OUT: The Mustangs traveled to Indianapolis, IND. to compete in the 44th annual Midwest Classic. The Mustangs had three wins over ranked opponents and seven SMSU wrestlers earned victories at the event.

SMSU Leaders:
Adam Sylvester (12-6)
Caden Steffen (9-1)
Carlo Arreola (9-6)
Lucas Hodges (8-3)
Luke Peterson (7-6)


AUGUSTANA NOTES: The Vikings (6-4 overall, 1-1 NSIC) are ranked No. 17 in the latest NWCA team rankings, No. 16 in the Open Mat team tournament rankings and No. 9 in the Open Mat team dual rankings. The Vikings have four wrestlers ranked in the NWCA rankings, No. 1 at 125 Jaxon Rohman, No. 11 at 141 Hunter Burnett, No. 10 at 149 Cael Larson and No. 7 at 184 Cade Mueller. Augustana also has six wrestlers ranked in the Open Mat rankings, No. 1 at 125 Jaxson Rohman, No. 16 at 133 Jack Huffman, No. 10 at 141 Hunter Burnett, No. 18 at 165 Tyler Wagener, No. 8 at 184 Cade Mueller and No. 12 at 197 Max Ramberg,

AUGUSTANA SERIES HISTORY: SMSU trails the all-time series 5-33 in a series that dates back to 1982. The Vikings have won the last nine meetings, with SMSU last winning on Jan. 14, 2014. The Mustangs are 2-17 at home against Augustana with their last home victory coming on Nov. 8, 1994.

SMSU Probable Line-Up
125 presented by Fixen Chiropractic – Carlo Arreola (9-6)
133 presented by Fort Pierre Livestock Auction – Chase Hanson (4-5) or Chase Murphy (0-0)
141 presented by Leirman Excavating Co. – Jake Messner (2-7)
149 presented by Xcaliber Gunsmithing – Luke Peterson (7-6)
157 presented by Wendinger Travel – Sean Howk (4-5)
165 presented by Mustang Wrestling Club – Ashton LaBelle (7-7)
174 presented by Cottonwood Oil Co-op – Lucas Hodges (8-3)
184 presented by The Marshall Army National Guard – Adam Sylvester (12-6)
197 presented by Borch’s Sporting Goods – Caden Steffen (9-1)
285 presented by Countryside Golf Club – Jacob Dykes (6-5)

133 – Chase Hanson or Chase Murphy
165 – Brandon Lalla or Alex Ibanez
174 – Elijah Sterner
285 – Jackson Esping

Augustana Lineup
125 – Jaxson Rohman
133 – Jack Huffman
141 – Hunter Burnett
149 – Cael Larson
157 – Payton Handevidt or Connor Simmonds
165 – Tyler Wagener or Payton Anderson
174 – Coy Gunderson
184 – Cade Mueller or Danny Reynolds
197 – Max Ramberg or Zach Peterson
285 – Max Balow


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