Mustangs place four at regional, Steffen qualifies for nationals

MINOT, N.D. – The Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs placed four wrestlers at the Super Region V Tournament in Minot, N.D., on Saturday. Caden Steffen punched his ticket to the 2024 NCAA National Championships after placing second at 197 and earning an automatic bid.

The team finished seventh overall, a one place improvement from the dual season and were fourth best team in seed/place differential, meaning that their wrestlers placed above their seeds!

Carlo Arreola, Adam Sylvester, and Jacob Dykes all earned sixth-place finishes for the Mustangs.

“Today was a great day!” Said third-year head coach Chayse Jackson, “Caden is returning to the National Championships for a 3rd time, and the team came together for the final tournament of the year. We wrestled tough, picked up wins we weren’t supposed to, and improved from our dual-season finish. I am proud of these guys and the growth they have made throughout this season. I am excited to see what they can do with a good off-season! But – the job isn’t done. 2 more days, 1 more tournament. SMSU is back at the big show!”

NCAA Division II Super Region Qualifier Results

Mustangs Results

Championship First Round
125 – Carlo Arreola BYE
133 – Jason Henschel (NSU) defeats Chase Hanson (TF 15-0 1:49)
141 – Hunter Burnett (AUG) defeats Hunter Pfantz (Fall 5:59)
149 – Luke Peterson BYE
157 – Connor Simmonds (AUG) defeats Sean Howk (MD 8-0)
165 – Brendon Barnes (Minot) defeats Ashton LaBelle (MD 11-0)
174 – Lucas Hodges BYE
184 – Sam Kruger (NSU) defeats Adam Sylvester (TF 15-0)
197 – Caden Steffen BYE
285 – Jacob Dykes defeats Jordan Baumler (UIU) (MD 10-0)

Championship Quarterfinal
125 – Conor Knopick (SCSU) defeats Carlo Arreola (Dec 7-1)
149 – Colby Njos (SCSU) defeats Luke Peterson (Fall 6:16)
174 – Cole Glazier (SCSU) defeats Lucas Hodges (MD 9-0)
197 – Caden Steffen defeats Cameron Lopez (UIU) (MD 11-1)
285 – Tanner Gaffey (MSU) defeats Jacob Dykes (Dec 4-1)

Consolation Second Round
125 – Carlo Arreola defeats Paul Garcia (Dec 5-3)
133 – Caleb Meekins (SCSU) defeats Chase Hanson (Fall 0:43)
141 – Ethan Wonser (Minot) defeats Hunter Pfantz (MD 10-2)
149 – Luke Peterson defeats Cooper Sanders (USF) (Fall 2:52)
157 – Eric Faught (UIU) defeats Sean Howk (MD 11-2)
165 – Chase Bloomquist (NSU) defeats Ashton LaBelle (TF 17-2 6:08)
174 – Lucas Hodges BYE
184 – Adam Sylvester defeats Anthony Sykora (MSUM) (TF 18-2 6:58)
285 – Jacob Dykes defeats Airin Spell (MSUM) (Fall 2:41)

Consolation Third Round
125 – Carlo Arreola defeats Logen Fischer (Minot) (Dec 13-7)
149 – Wyatt Turnquist (NSU) defeats Luke Peterson (Fall 2:52)
174 – Coy Gunderson (Augustana) defeats Lucas Hodges (Fall 3:36)
184 – Adam Sylvester defeats Cayden White (Minot) (Dec 12-10)
285 – Jacob Dykes defeats Nathan Schauer (NSU) (Fall 3:14)

Championship Semifinal
197 – Caden Steffen defeats Cannon Potts (Minot) (Dec 4-2)

Consolation Semifinals
125 – Jaden Verhagen (UMary) defeats Carlo Arreola (Fall 2:37)
184 – Bryce Fitzpatrick (SCSU) defeats Adam Sylvester (Fall 2:54)
285 – Zach Peterson (Augustana) defeats Jacob Dykes (Dec 7-1)

Championship Finals
197 – Dominic Murphy (SCSU) defeats Caden Steffen (Dec 8-2)

Fifth Place Matches
125 – Landen Fischer (NSU) defeats Carlo Arreola (Fall 1:09)
184 – Wyatt Lidberg (UMary) defeats Adam Sylvester (MD 8-0)
285 – Tanner Gaffey (MSU) defeats Jacob Dykes (SV 4-1)

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