Minnesota State 30, Southwest Minnesota State 15

Mavericks Lock Down the Mustangs in Taylor Center

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State kept Southwest Minnesota State reigned in during tonight’s dual, keeping their NSIC dual win streak alive with a 30-15 win at Taylor Center.

SMSU was the first on the board with a tech fall win at 125 pounds, putting the team score at 5-0 SMSU.

Freshman Andrew Weiss, at 133 pounds, kicked off the Maverick effort with a fall in the second period at 3:09 against SMSU’s Chase Anderson. Weiss scored a takedown and 2-point nearfall in the first, followed by another takedown in the third before catching Anderson for a pin. Trayton Anderson, 141-pound junior, also won by fall in the second period. After dominating the first period with a takedown and two 4-point nearfalls, Anderson chose top to start the second period, getting Hunter Pfantz, of SMSU, on his back at 3:09.

SMSU gained their next two wins at 149 pounds and 157 pounds.

At 165 pounds, sophomore Kole Marko won by a major decision over Ashton LaBelle (SMSU). Marko went into the third period ahead 3-1 and clinched the win with three takedowns over a one-minute span, finishing 13-4.

Junior Drake Hayward kept the Mavericks’ momentum going with a win by fall at 2:01 against SMSU’s Lucas Hodges, putting the team score at 21-11 MSU. Another win by fall in the first period followed, with MSU’s Gavin Christoffersen (184-lb.) beating SMSU’s Elijah Sterner at 1:08.

Getting the Mustangs’ final win for the night was senior No. 3 Caden Steffen at 197 pounds.

In the last match of the night, MSU redshirt freshman Tanner Gaffey posted a massive upset win at 285 pounds against SMSU’s No. 10 Jacob Dykes. Gaffey tied the match 2-2 at 5:28 in the third period with an escape and found a takedown in the last few seconds to win by a 5-2 decision.

With the victory, the Mavericks improved to 2-3 NSIC duals, 5-3 overall. Minnesota State travels down to Upper Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 4th, with the dual starting at 2:00 p.m.

The Mustangs will return to action on Friday, Feb 16, when they host Northern State for a dual in the PE gym. The dual, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will be SMSU wrestling’s Game of the Year, Senior Night, and Rave Night.

Minnesota State 30, Southwest Minnesota State 15
125: Carlo Arreola (SMSU) 20-3 tech fall at 6:50 Lucas Ryan (MSU) | 5-0 SMSU
133: Andrew Weiss (MSU) fall at 3:40 Chase Hanson (SMSU) | 6-5 MSU
141: Trayton Anderson (MSU) fall at 3:09 Hunter Pfantz (SMSU) | 12-5 MSU
149: Luke Peterson (SMSU) 7-3 major decision Isaiah Mlsna (MSU) | 12-8 MSU
157: Sean Howk (SMSU) 6-5 decision Caleb Meunier (MSU) | 11-11 Tied
165: Kole Marko (MSU) 13-4 major decision at 6:38 Ashton LaBelle (SMSU) | 15-11 MSU
174: Drake Hayward (MSU) fall at 2:01 Lucas Hodges (SMSU) | 21-11 MSU
184: Gavin Christoffersen (MSU) fall at 1:08 Elijah Sterner (SMSU) | 27-11 MSU
197: #3 Caden Steffen (SMSU) 11-3 major decision Shane Gibson (MSU) | 27-15 MSU
285: Tanner Gaffey (MSU) 5-2 decision #10 Jacob Dykes (SMSU) | 30-15 MSU

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