South Dakota State 24 Air Force 14

Jackrabbits Streak Past Air Force

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Colten Carlson’s pin at 165 pounds capped a momentum-changing four-match winning streak for South Dakota State and lifted the Jackrabbits to a 24-14 victory over Air Force in a Big 12 Conference wrestling dual Sunday afternoon.

With the victory, SDSU improved to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in conference duals. Air Force was wrestling for the first time this season.

The Jackrabbits trailed 7-0 through two matches as Tanner Jordan dropped a 6-3 decision at 125 pounds and 13th-ranked Zach Price suffered a 14-4 loss by major decision to Jared Van Vleet.

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Gophers Sweep B1G Tri-Meet against Maryland and Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. – In its first conference tri-meet since 1996, the 14th-ranked Gopher wrestling team (2-1) defeated Maryland (0-3) and host Michigan State (1-1) on Saturday afternoon. Minnesota routed the Terrapins with a 48-0 win and defeated the No. 17 Spartans, 28-6, in the finale.

Eight of the 10 Gophers finished the day with two victories led by sophomore Patrick McKee. The 17th-ranked 125 pounder began the day with a major decision against Maryland’s King Sandoval and then upset No. 2 Rayvon Foley of the Spartans with a 10-6 decision.

Top-ranked heavyweight Gable Steveson improved to 32-0 in his career in dual meets with a pin and technical fall. Steveson earned a 13-second fall against Maryland’s Connor Bowes to tie for the second-fastest pin in school history, matching Mitch McKee (2017) and Jim Martinez (1981).

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Minnesota State 25, Augustana 13

Mankato, Minn. — 12th-rated Minnesota State won seven of ten matches enroute to a 25-13 victory in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wrestling action in Mankato.

Rated tenth in the nation at 125, senior Trenton McManus upped his record on the year to 2-0 to start the match with a 14-6 major decision win over John Babineau to get things rolling.

Minnesota State junior Kolbe O’Brien decisioned Jack Huffman at 141 by a 7-3 margin before two-time All-American Kyle Rathman earned a 7-5 win over tenth-rated Hunter Burnett at 149 to give the Mavericks a 10-3 lead.

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Upper Iowa 38, MSU Moorhead 4

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Junior Braydon Ortloff opened with a win but No. 20 Upper Iowa won the next nine matches to earn a 38-4 win over No. 25 Minnesota State University Moorhead in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wrestling Thursday night in Moorhead, Minn.

MSUM fell to 0-2 overall and in the NSIC while Upper Iowa improved to 1-1 overall and in the league.

The dual started at 165 and MSUM junior Braydon Ortloff erased a deficit to score a major decision win over Upper Iowa’s Scott Kellenberger.

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Augustana 21, Wisconsin-Parkside 17

Hajas’ Victory Leads Augustana Past No. 22 Parkside

KENOSHA, Wis. — A back-and-forth wrestling dual came down to the wire Saturday afternoon in De Simone Gymnasium with Augustana 285-pounder Steven Hajas preserving the Viking victory over No. 22 Wisconsin-Parkside. The Vikings move to 1-0 on the young season and have now defeated the Rangers in three-consecutive duals.

“It was great to finally get out on the mat and compete,” Augustana head coach Jason Reitmeier said. “We needed this as a team, as a staff and as a program.

“This was a good win against a tough team. I’m proud of our effort. There’s a lot of positives to take from today and a lot of things to work and improve on.”

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Nebraska 22, Minnesota 14

#13 Gophers Fall in Season Debut at #5 Nebraska 22-14

Despite a spectacular debut from true freshman Andrew Sparks and a dominating performance from Gable Steveson, the No. 13 Gopher wrestling team dropped its season opener at No. 5 Nebraska, 22-14. Minnesota returned to the mat for the first time since the 2020 Big Ten Championships, a span of 306 days.

Making his first appearance in the Maroon and Gold, Sparks upset tenth-ranked Peyton Robb at 165 pounds. The 2020 California state champion trailed Robb, 5-2, before a last-second takedown in the second period narrowed the deficit to one. Sparks opened the third with an escape and quick takedown and held off a late Husker attack to claim a 7-6 decision. After a Nebraska victory at 125 pounds to start the dual, Minnesota’s Boo Dryden tied the match with an impressive 9-2 decision against 15th-ranked Alex Thomsen at 133 pounds. A mid-year junior college transfer last season, the senior took control of the match with a takedown and four-point near fall midway through the first period.

After Cornhusker wins at 141 and 149 pounds, sixth-ranked Brayton Lee and Sparks pulled the Gophers even at 9-9 apiece with four matches remaining. An All-American as a freshman last season, Lee kicked off his sophomore season with a 10-5 decision at 157 pounds.

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Southwest Minnesota State 18, MSU-Moorhead 16

SMSU wins final four bouts to earn thrilling season-opening win at MSUM

MOORHEAD Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team opened its dual season on Thursday night earning a thrilling come-from-behind victory over No. 25 MSU Moorhead 18-16 at Alex Nemzek Hall.

SMSU trailed 16-6 after six bouts, but rallied back earning victories in the final four matches to secure the victory and pick up its third straight win over MSUM.

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