St. Cloud State 44, Southwest Minnesota State 3

Steffen defeats no. 4 Murphy; Mustangs lose to Huskies

MARSHALL, Minn. – The No. 25 ranked Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team fell to the No. 5 ranked St. Cloud State University Huskies by a final score of 44-3 on Saturday afternoon in St. Cloud.

SCSU showed why they are ranked fifth in the NWCA rankings, picking up eight bonus point wins against the Mustangs, including three falls, three tech falls, and two major decisions.

Luke Peterson wrestled a close match with Nolan Throne, falling by a 4-3 decision.

Caden Steffen, ranked 3rd at 197 in the latest NWCA poll, wrestled Dominic Murphy, who was ranked 4th at 197. The match was a close one, with each wrestler earning an escape. However, the difference was Steffen’s takedown in the third period, which earned him a 4-2 decision victory.

“Tough loss, but good fight,” said third-year head coach Chayse Jackson. “They exposed several of our weaknesses and took advantage of a few mistakes and shifts in our lineup. These young guys learned a hard lesson on the importance of little positions. The good news is we don’t have to be the best or most prepared today. But a month from now. So we will return to Marshall and return to work. 1% better every time out on the mat. Up next – Kato. #Letsride”

St. Cloud State 44, Southwest Minnesota State 3
125 – Conor Knopick (SCSU) over Carlo Arreola (SMSU) (Fall 1:21)
133 – Caleb Meekins (SCSU) over Chase Hanson (SMSU) (Inj. 2:22)
141 – Alyeus Craig (SCSU) over Jake Messner (SMSU) (MD 12-3)
149 – Nolan Throne (SCSU) over Luke Peterson (SMSU) (Dec 4-3)
157 – Nick Novak (SCSU) over Sean Howk (SMSU) (TF 16-1)
165 – Anthony Herrera (SCSU) over Ashton LaBelle (SMSU) (TF 20-4)
174 – Cole Glazier (SCSU) over Lucas Hodges (SMSU) (MD 13-1)
184 – Tyson Meyer (SCSU) over Adam Sylvester (SMSU) (TF 15-0)
197 – Caden Steffen (SMSU) over Dominic Murphy (SCSU) (Dec 4-2)
285 – Elijah Novak (SCSU) over Jackson Esping (SMSU) (Fall 2:56)

Extra Match
165 – Ethan Hendrickson (SCSU) over Alex Ibanez (SMSU) (MD 15-1)

The Huskies will next compete in the Don Parker Open on Saturday, Feb. 3, in Eau Claire, Wis. Wrestling is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. CT.

The Mustangs will return to action next Saturday when they travel to Mankato to take on the Minnesota State Mavericks, with the dual scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

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