Mustangs set to host Wolves for senior night

MARSHALL, Minn. – The 25th-ranked Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team (3-6, 1-6 NSIC) will host the 18th-ranked Northern State University Wolves (7-12, 2-5 NSIC) on Friday night inside the PE gym. The dual is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The Mustangs dropped one spot and are now ranked No. 25 in the NWCA rankings released on Jan. 22. SMSU dropped out of the top 25 in the latest Open Mat Top 25 team tournament rankings.

Jacob Dykes (sponsored by Countryside Golf)
Dykes moved up a spot in the latest NWCA rankings, entering the top 10 for the first time this season at No. 10. Dykes fell in the Open Mat rankings, coming in at No. 16. Dykes has earned victories over Devon Rice (Newberry) who is currently ranked No. 11 in the NWCA rankings and No. 12 in the Open Mat rankings, Jake Swirple, who is currently ranked No. 7 in the NWCA rankings and No. 10 in the Open Mat rankings and Lloyd Reynolds, who is currently ranked No. 13 in the Open Mat rankings.

Caden Steffen (sponsored by Borch’s)
At 197 pounds, Steffen currently ranks No. 3 in both the NWCA and the Open Mat rankings. Steffen has picked up victories over Dominic Murphy (St. Cloud State), who is ranked No. 4 in the NWCA rankings and No. 8 in the Open Mat rankings, Matt Kaylor (UMary), who is ranked No. 6 by the NWCA and No. 9 by Open Mat, Max Ramberg (Augustana), who is ranked No. 11 by the NWCA and No. 6 by Open Mat and Cannon Potts (Minot State), who is ranked No. 19 by Open Mat.

LAST TIME OUT: The Mustangs lost a road dual to Minnesota State on Feb. 3 by a score of 15-30. SMSU won four of the matches in the dual, with Carlo Arreola winning by 20-3 tech fall (6:50), Luke Peterson winning by 7-3 decision, Sean Howk scoring a last-second takedown to win by 6-5 decision, and Caden Steffen securing a 12-2 major decision.

SMSU Leaders:
Caden Steffen (14-1)
Adam Sylvester (14-8)
Carlo Arreola (11-9)
Luke Peterson (10-8)
Jacob Dykes (9-6)
Lucas Hodges (9-7)

NORTHERN STATE NOTES: The Wolves (7-12 overall, 2-5 NSIC) are ranked 18 in the NWCA team rankings, 15 in the Open Mat team tournament rankings, and 13 in the Open Mat team dual rankings. Northern State has two wrestlers ranked in the latest NWCA rankings, No. 2 at 149 Wyatt Turnquist, and No. 4 at 157 Devin Bahr. The Wolves have six wrestlers ranked in the latest Open Mat rankings, No. 11 at 133 Jason Henschel, No. 17 at 141 Braydon Mogle, No. 5 at 149 Wyatt Turnquist, No. 10 at 157 Devin Bahr, No. 18 at 165 Chase Bloomquist and No. 2 at 174 Seth Brossard.

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NORTHERN STATE SERIES HISTORY: SMSU leads the all-time series 29-13-3 in a series that dates back to 1979. The Wolves have won the last meeting three meetings. The Mustangs last won the meeting on Jan. 10, 2020, by a score of 18-14.

SMSU Probable Lineup
125 presented by Fixen Chiropractic – Carlo Arreola (11-9, 3-4 NSIC)
133 presented by Fort Pierre Livestock Auction – Chase Murphy (0-4, 0-4 NSIC) or Chase Hanson (4-8, 0-4 NSIC)
141 presented by Leirman Excavating Co. – Hunter Pfantz (2-6, 0-2 NSIC)
149 presented by Xcaliber Gunsmithing – Luke Peterson (10-8, 3-4 NSIC)
157 presented by Wendinger Travel – Sean Howk (6-8, 2-4 NSIC)
165 presented by Mustang Wrestling Club – Ashton LaBelle (8-11, 1-5 NSIC)
174 presented by Cottonwood Oil Co-op – Lucas Hodges (9-7, 2-4 NSIC) or Elijah Sterner (4-7, 0-2 NSIC)
184 presented by The Marshall Army National Guard – Adam Sylvester (14-8, 3-3 NSIC)
197 presented by Borch’s Sporting Goods – Caden Steffen (14-1, 7-0 NSIC)
285 presented by Countryside Golf Club – Jacob Dykes (9-6, 4-2 NSIC)

Northern State Probable Lineup
125 – Landen Fischer or Brenden Salfrank
133 – Jason Henschel or Teagan Block
141 – Braydon Mogle
149 – Wyatt Turnquist or Carter Ban
157 – Devin Bahr or Cael Larson
165 – Chase Bloomquist
174 – Seth Brossard
184 – Sam Kruger or Mason Fey
197 – Tyson Lien
285 – Nathan Schauer

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