Rochester 28 Itasca 12

Rochester CTC 28 Itasca 12
125: Ethan Loftus RCTC 9-1 maj. dec. over Ryan Pryzbylski ICC
133: Frank Smith ICC 4-2 over Jered Kemp RCTC
141: Matt Dunlap ICC forfeit
149: Casey Williams ICC 9-7 OT over Aaron Niles RCTC
157: Sam Schad RCTC Fall 1:59 over Seth Sanftner ICC
165: Theo Jensen-Innis RCTC 8-2 dec. over Connor Monk ICC
174: Peter McPhail RCTC 5-2 dec. over Blake Menard ICC
184: Ben Dahl RCTC 9-2 dec. over Ian Pratt ICC
197: Andy Godeen RCTC 5-2 dec. over Cully Butterfield ICC
Hwt: Mike Iyobhebhe RCTC Fall 1:32 over Tim Harlan ICC

Robinson Signs Multi-Year Contract

MINNEAPOLIS — After serving 25 years as the head coach of one of the nation’s top wrestling programs, there have been plenty of firsts forMinnesota’s J Robinson. A quarter century of success has seen first All-Americans, first national champions and undefeated seasons under the Gophers’ coach.This week, Robinson added another first to his list of coaching accolades.

Director of Athletics Joel Maturi announced today that Robinson has signed the first multi-year contract of his career, keeping the two-time national coach of the year and six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year at Minnesota through 2014.

“I could not be more pleased that we have been able to reach this agreement with J,” Maturi said. “This multi-year contract is a just reward for a job well done and we are thrilled to have an individual who is widely considered to be among the finest wrestling coaches ever committed to our program through 2014.”

Robinson, who was named the seventh coach in Minnesota history when he took over in 1986, brought the storied program to new heights by developing a culture of excellence. Under Robinson, Minnesota captured the first three wrestling national championships in school history (2001, 2002, 2007) while he has helped develop 12 individual national champions. After working on a year-by-year basis for his first 25 years at Minnesota, Robinson recently decided the time was right to ink the first long-term contract of his career.

“Joel and I had been talking about (the contract) for a couple of years, and we got together to work out some of the
details,” Robinson said. “It seemed to work out, and it seemed to be a good time to do it.”

A 2005 inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Robinson has coached 46 individuals to a total of 97 All-American honors, including an NCAA record 10 All-Americans during Minnesota’s first national title campaign in 2001. Robinson’s teams have also earned six Big Ten team championships and 27 individual conference titles during his tenure, while his 354 career dual wins are the most among active Big Ten coaches.

SCSU Wrestling Ranked #3 in the Nation

Kahnke Earns Top Spot at 285-pounds

EDMOND, Okla. — The St. Cloud State University wrestling team (12-1) was ranked third in the nation in the latest NWCA Division II National Coaches’ poll, which was released on Jan. 19. This marks the first time this season that SCSU was not ranked among the nation’s top two NCAA Division II teams in the national poll.

The two-time defending national champion Nebraska Omaha, who edged Augustana (S.D.) 17-15 in the finals of the NWCA Division II National Duals on Jan. 9 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, received all eight first-place votes in balloting of coaches from around the country to top the poll with 160 points. UNO has been No. 1 in every poll the past two-plus seasons.

Augustana had 152 points and moved from third to second after its runner-up finish in the National Duals, switching places with St. Cloud State (Minn.). Newberry (S.C.) came in fourth in the rankings and Central Oklahoma was fifth.

In the individual rankings, SCSU sophomore Jake Kahnke (Shakopee/Prior Lake H.S.) was ranked first in the nation among 285-pound wrestlers for the second consecutive poll. Kahnke is 16-1 this season for the Huskies at 285.

Junior Tad Merritt (Canby) continued to hold a #2 ranking for the Huskies at 165-pounds in this poll. Merritt is 22-3 this winter with 11 pins to his credit.

Other Huskies to earn national rankings include Jacob D. Horn (Ephrata, Wash.) with a fourth place ranking at 149-pounds (his debut in the national rankings this year) and senior John Sundgren (Blaine), who was ranked 5th in the poll at 157-pounds. SCSU sophomore Shamus O’Grady (Coon Rapids) was ranked 7th in the nation at 174-pounds.

This will be a big week for the Huskies as they will travel to #1 ranked Nebraska Omaha on Jan. 21 for a 7 p.m. match. SCSU will finish the road swing with a visit to Southwest Minnesota State on Jan. 22 for a 7 p.m. dual against the Mustangs.

The top 20 poll, with points and the teams’ last ranking following by the top-eight rankings at each weight:

NCAA Division II Team Rankings
Rank  School (State) Points Last Ranking
1. Nebraska-Omaha  160 1st
2. Augustana (S.D.)  152 3rd
3. St. Cloud State (Minn.)  144 2nd
4. Newberry (S.C.) 136 5th
5. Central Oklahoma  128 9th
6. North Carolina-Pembroke 119 13th
7. Minnesota State  111 7th
8. San Francisco State (Calif.)  101 20th
9. Western State (Colo.)  88 4th
10. Upper Iowa  81 11th
11. Nebraska-Kearney  71 8th
12. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)  63 6th
13. Grand Canyon (Ariz.)  62 10th
14. Gannon (Pa.) 55 NR
15. Findlay (Ohio)  51 14th
16. Wisconsin-Parkside  43 12th
17. Ashland (Ohio) 34 18th
18. Adams State (Colo.)  27 17th
19. Fort Hays State (Kan.)  22 16th
20. Minnesota State-Moorhead 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Central Missouri, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo, Kutztown (Pa.) and West Liberty (W.Va.).

NCAA Division II Individual Rankings
125 Pounds
1. Russell Weakley, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Andy Forstner, Minnesota State
3. Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa
4. Josh Smith, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Connor McDonald, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Corey Ulmer, Minnesota State-Moorhead
7. Kyle O’Brien, Western State (Colo.)
8. Pierre Bondoc, San Francisco State (Calif.)
133 Pounds
1. Kyle Pedretti, Upper Iowa
2. Todd Wilcox, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
3. Ryan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown
4. Cody Zimmerman, Wisconsin-Parkside
5. B.J. Young, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Michael Magaha, Limestone (S.C.)
7. Trison Graham, Central Oklahoma
8. Aldon Isenberg, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
141 Pounds
1. Mario Morgan, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Naveed Bagheri, San Francisco State (Calif.)
3. Brady Schneeberger, Minnesota State-Moorhead
4. Jay Sherer, Augustana (S.D.)
5. Andre Harrison, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
6. Dalton Jensen, Nebraska-Kearney
7. Kenny Jordan, Adams State (Colo.)
8. A.J. Milanek, Gannon (Pa.)
149 Pounds
1. Esai Dominguez, Nebraska-Omaha
2. T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney
3. Nick Walpole, Indianapolis (Ind.)
4. Jacob Horn, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
5. Dale Debacco, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Josh Hensley, Adams State (Colo.)
7. Matthew Thomas, San Francisco State (Calif.)
8. Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)
157 Pounds
1. George Ivanov, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Marcus Edgington, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Dillon Bera, Wisconsin-Parkside
4. Seth Phalen, West Liberty (W.Va.)
5. John Sundgren, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
6. Sean Byrnes, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
8. Justin Morris, Western State (Colo.)
165 Pounds
1. Mike Williams, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Tad Merritt, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Michael Lybarger, Findlay (Ohio)
4. Jake Varilek, Belmont Abbey (N.C.)
5. Joey Wilson, Nebraska-Kearney
6. Gavin Nelson, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Travis Budke, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. Derrick Adkins, Central Oklahoma
174 Pounds
1. Luke Rynish, Wisconsin-Parkside
2. Tony Petrella, Gannon (Pa.)
3. Ryan Pankoke, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Victor Carazo, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
5. Tim Darling, Kutztown (Pa.)
6. Carl Serck, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Shamus O’Grady, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
8. Ben Becker, Minnesota State
184 Pounds
1. Bryant Blanton, Newberry (S.C.)
2. Charlie Pipher, Western State (Colo.)
3. Aaron Denson, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Cale Cornemann, Northern State (S.D.)
5. Aaron Norgren, Minnesota State
6. Mitch Schultz, Upper Iowa
7. Tanner Keck, Central Oklahoma
8. Casey Bradley, Limestone (S.C.)
197 Pounds
1. Donovan McMahill, Western State (Colo.)
2. Ty Copsey, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Mitch Knapp, West Liberty (W.Va.)
4. Luke McPeek, Adams State (Colo.)
5. Jarrett Edison, Central Oklahoma
6. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa
7. Daniel Stevenson, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Matt Baker, Nebraska-Omaha
285 Pounds
1. Jacob Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2. Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)
3. Charlie Alexander, Western State (Colo.)
4. Ben Hohensee, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Zach Rosol, Upper Iowa
6. Jacob Southwick, Ashland (Ohio)
7. Matt Clum, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Taylor Escamilla, Nebraska-Omaha

Minnesota State Holds 7th-Place Ranking in NWCA DII Poll

Three Individual Wrestlers Remain Ranked in Respective Weight-Classes

Edmund, Okla. – The Minnesota State Mavericks remain the seventh-ranked team in the latest version of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association poll after getting out to a perfect 2-0 start in NSIC action.

The Mavericks, who totaled 111 points, are one of five NSIC schools ranked in the top 20 poll. The Mavericks trail No. 2 ranked Augustana and No. 3 ranked St. Cloud State, while they hold higher rankings than No. 10 Upper Iowa and No. 20 Minnesota State-Moorhead.

Dropping one spot from last week in the individual rankings was MSU senior Andy Forstner. Despite a perfect 2-0 weekend, which improved his overall record to 14-9 (7-1 in duals), the 125-lb Forstner slipped one spot in the rankings behind North Carolina-Pembroke’s Russell Weakley. Forstner lost a 3-2 decision against Weakley on Jan. 9 in the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals.

Also dropping one spot in his respective weight class was 174-lb senior Ben Becker. Becker went 2-0 over the weekend as he participated in his first dual action of the season. Becker holds a 9-4 overall record on the season including a 3-0 record in matches determined by fall.

Junior Aaron Norgren fell two spots in the latest rankings as he is now ranked fifth in the 184-lb weight class. Norgren went 1-1 over the weekend including a loss to the now No. 4 ranked Cale Cornemann from Northern State University. Despite his first loss in the last seven matches, Norgren maintains a 16-8 overall record and a 7-1 dual record.

The Mavericks will be back in action this Thursday as they hit the road for their first NSIC action away from home. The Mavericks (6-2, 2-0 NSIC) will square off against Minnesota State – Moorhead (2-4, 0-1 NSIC) as they look to remain perfect in NSIC action.

The top 20 poll, with points and the teams’ last ranking following by the top-eight rankings at each weight:

NCAA Division II Team Rankings
Rank  School (State) Points Last Ranking
1. Nebraska-Omaha  160 1st
2. Augustana (S.D.)  152 3rd
3. St. Cloud State (Minn.)  144 2nd
4. Newberry (S.C.) 136 5th
5. Central Oklahoma  128 9th
6. North Carolina-Pembroke 119 13th
7. Minnesota State  111 7th
8. San Francisco State (Calif.)  101 20th
9. Western State (Colo.)  88 4th
10. Upper Iowa  81 11th
11. Nebraska-Kearney  71 8th
12. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)  63 6th
13. Grand Canyon (Ariz.)  62 10th
14. Gannon (Pa.) 55 NR
15. Findlay (Ohio)  51 14th
16. Wisconsin-Parkside  43 12th
17. Ashland (Ohio) 34 18th
18. Adams State (Colo.)  27 17th
19. Fort Hays State (Kan.)  22 16th
20. Minnesota State-Moorhead 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Central Missouri, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo, Kutztown (Pa.) and West Liberty (W.Va.).

NCAA Division II Individual Rankings
125 Pounds
1. Russell Weakley, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Andy Forstner, Minnesota State
3. Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa
4. Josh Smith, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Connor McDonald, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Corey Ulmer, Minnesota State-Moorhead
7. Kyle O’Brien, Western State (Colo.)
8. Pierre Bondoc, San Francisco State (Calif.)
133 Pounds
1. Kyle Pedretti, Upper Iowa
2. Todd Wilcox, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
3. Ryan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown
4. Cody Zimmerman, Wisconsin-Parkside
5. B.J. Young, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Michael Magaha, Limestone (S.C.)
7. Trison Graham, Central Oklahoma
8. Aldon Isenberg, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
141 Pounds
1. Mario Morgan, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Naveed Bagheri, San Francisco State (Calif.)
3. Brady Schneeberger, Minnesota State-Moorhead
4. Jay Sherer, Augustana (S.D.)
5. Andre Harrison, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
6. Dalton Jensen, Nebraska-Kearney
7. Kenny Jordan, Adams State (Colo.)
8. A.J. Milanek, Gannon (Pa.)
149 Pounds
1. Esai Dominguez, Nebraska-Omaha
2. T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney
3. Nick Walpole, Indianapolis (Ind.)
4. Jacob Horn, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
5. Dale Debacco, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Josh Hensley, Adams State (Colo.)
7. Matthew Thomas, San Francisco State (Calif.)
8. Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)
157 Pounds
1. George Ivanov, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Marcus Edgington, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Dillon Bera, Wisconsin-Parkside
4. Seth Phalen, West Liberty (W.Va.)
5. John Sundgren, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
6. Sean Byrnes, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
8. Justin Morris, Western State (Colo.)
165 Pounds
1. Mike Williams, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Tad Merritt, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Michael Lybarger, Findlay (Ohio)
4. Jake Varilek, Belmont Abbey (N.C.)
5. Joey Wilson, Nebraska-Kearney
6. Gavin Nelson, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Travis Budke, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. Derrick Adkins, Central Oklahoma
174 Pounds
1. Luke Rynish, Wisconsin-Parkside
2. Tony Petrella, Gannon (Pa.)
3. Ryan Pankoke, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Victor Carazo, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
5. Tim Darling, Kutztown (Pa.)
6. Carl Serck, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Shamus O’Grady, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
8. Ben Becker, Minnesota State
184 Pounds
1. Bryant Blanton, Newberry (S.C.)
2. Charlie Pipher, Western State (Colo.)
3. Aaron Denson, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Cale Cornemann, Northern State (S.D.)
5. Aaron Norgren, Minnesota State
6. Mitch Schultz, Upper Iowa
7. Tanner Keck, Central Oklahoma
8. Casey Bradley, Limestone (S.C.)
197 Pounds
1. Donovan McMahill, Western State (Colo.)
2. Ty Copsey, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Mitch Knapp, West Liberty (W.Va.)
4. Luke McPeek, Adams State (Colo.)
5. Jarrett Edison, Central Oklahoma
6. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa
7. Daniel Stevenson, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Matt Baker, Nebraska-Omaha
285 Pounds
1. Jacob Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2. Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)
3. Charlie Alexander, Western State (Colo.)
4. Ben Hohensee, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Zach Rosol, Upper Iowa
6. Jacob Southwick, Ashland (Ohio)
7. Matt Clum, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Taylor Escamilla, Nebraska-Omaha

Augustana jumps to No. 2 in national rankings

EDMOND, Okla. – Augustana climbed one spot and is ranked No. 2 in the latest NCAA Division II wrestling rankings released Wednesday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.  The Vikings received 152 points and had six individuals ranked.

Nebraska-Omaha kept its No. 1 spot, garnering 160 points and all eight first-place votes.

The Vikings moved from third to second after a strong showing at the NWCA National Duals earlier this month, where they knocked off then No. 2-ranked St. Cloud State 18-15 and nearly beat UNO. Augustana fell to the Mavericks 17-15 in the finals.

The Vikings topped Minnesota State Moorhead 29-6 in their conference opener last Friday.

Defending national champion Jay Sherer gave up his No. 1 position at 149 pounds for the first time this season, falling to No. 4.

Marcus Edgington (157 pounds) and Ty Copsey (197 pounds) were both No. 2 at their respective weights.

Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) and Carl Serck (174 pounds) were both No. 6, while Nate Herda (149 pounds) was No. 8).

Augustana (7-1, 1-0 NSIC) travels the Dakotas this week to continue Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action, facing Northern State (3-3, 0-2 NSIC) on Thursday at 7 p.m. and U-Mary (0-4, 0-2 NSIC) on Friday at 7 p.m.

The top 20 poll, with points and the teams’ last ranking following by the top-eight rankings at each weight:

NCAA Division II Team Rankings
Rank  School (State) Points Last Ranking
1. Nebraska-Omaha  160 1st
2. Augustana (S.D.)  152 3rd
3. St. Cloud State (Minn.)  144 2nd
4. Newberry (S.C.) 136 5th
5. Central Oklahoma  128 9th
6. North Carolina-Pembroke 119 13th
7. Minnesota State  111 7th
8. San Francisco State (Calif.)  101 20th
9. Western State (Colo.)  88 4th
10. Upper Iowa  81 11th
11. Nebraska-Kearney  71 8th
12. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)  63 6th
13. Grand Canyon (Ariz.)  62 10th
14. Gannon (Pa.) 55 NR
15. Findlay (Ohio)  51 14th
16. Wisconsin-Parkside  43 12th
17. Ashland (Ohio) 34 18th
18. Adams State (Colo.)  27 17th
19. Fort Hays State (Kan.)  22 16th
20. Minnesota State-Moorhead 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Central Missouri, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo, Kutztown (Pa.) and West Liberty (W.Va.).

NCAA Division II Individual Rankings
125 Pounds
1. Russell Weakley, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Andy Forstner, Minnesota State
3. Trevor Franklin, Upper Iowa
4. Josh Smith, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Connor McDonald, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Corey Ulmer, Minnesota State-Moorhead
7. Kyle O’Brien, Western State (Colo.)
8. Pierre Bondoc, San Francisco State (Calif.)
133 Pounds
1. Kyle Pedretti, Upper Iowa
2. Todd Wilcox, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
3. Ryan Link, Pittsburgh-Johnstown
4. Cody Zimmerman, Wisconsin-Parkside
5. B.J. Young, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Michael Magaha, Limestone (S.C.)
7. Trison Graham, Central Oklahoma
8. Aldon Isenberg, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
141 Pounds
1. Mario Morgan, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Naveed Bagheri, San Francisco State (Calif.)
3. Brady Schneeberger, Minnesota State-Moorhead
4. Jay Sherer, Augustana (S.D.)
5. Andre Harrison, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
6. Dalton Jensen, Nebraska-Kearney
7. Kenny Jordan, Adams State (Colo.)
8. A.J. Milanek, Gannon (Pa.)
149 Pounds
1. Esai Dominguez, Nebraska-Omaha
2. T.J. Hepburn, Nebraska-Kearney
3. Nick Walpole, Indianapolis (Ind.)
4. Jacob Horn, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
5. Dale Debacco, Newberry (S.C.)
6. Josh Hensley, Adams State (Colo.)
7. Matthew Thomas, San Francisco State (Calif.)
8. Nate Herda, Augustana (S.D.)
157 Pounds
1. George Ivanov, Nebraska-Omaha
2. Marcus Edgington, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Dillon Bera, Wisconsin-Parkside
4. Seth Phalen, West Liberty (W.Va.)
5. John Sundgren, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
6. Sean Byrnes, Newberry (S.C.)
7. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma
8. Justin Morris, Western State (Colo.)
165 Pounds
1. Mike Williams, North Carolina-Pembroke
2. Tad Merritt, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
3. Michael Lybarger, Findlay (Ohio)
4. Jake Varilek, Belmont Abbey (N.C.)
5. Joey Wilson, Nebraska-Kearney
6. Gavin Nelson, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Travis Budke, Fort Hays State (Kan.)
8. Derrick Adkins, Central Oklahoma
174 Pounds
1. Luke Rynish, Wisconsin-Parkside
2. Tony Petrella, Gannon (Pa.)
3. Ryan Pankoke, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Victor Carazo, Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
5. Tim Darling, Kutztown (Pa.)
6. Carl Serck, Augustana (S.D.)
7. Shamus O’Grady, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
8. Ben Becker, Minnesota State
184 Pounds
1. Bryant Blanton, Newberry (S.C.)
2. Charlie Pipher, Western State (Colo.)
3. Aaron Denson, Nebraska-Omaha
4. Cale Cornemann, Northern State (S.D.)
5. Aaron Norgren, Minnesota State
6. Mitch Schultz, Upper Iowa
7. Tanner Keck, Central Oklahoma
8. Casey Bradley, Limestone (S.C.)
197 Pounds
1. Donovan McMahill, Western State (Colo.)
2. Ty Copsey, Augustana (S.D.)
3. Mitch Knapp, West Liberty (W.Va.)
4. Luke McPeek, Adams State (Colo.)
5. Jarrett Edison, Central Oklahoma
6. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa
7. Daniel Stevenson, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Matt Baker, Nebraska-Omaha
285 Pounds
1. Jacob Kahnke, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
2. Matt Meuleners, Northern State (S.D.)
3. Charlie Alexander, Western State (Colo.)
4. Ben Hohensee, Nebraska-Kearney
5. Zach Rosol, Upper Iowa
6. Jacob Southwick, Ashland (Ohio)
7. Matt Clum, Findlay (Ohio)
8. Taylor Escamilla, Nebraska-Omaha

Mustangs Set for Triangular at Dakota Wesleyan

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team will compete in a triangular tonight against Dakota Wesleyan andNorthwestern (Iowa) before opening the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference portion of its schedule on Saturday. The triangular is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. at Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, S.D.

Follow us live: All NSIC wrestling matches are video broadcast live free of charge by New Media TV. Log onto www.northernsun.org/live.cfm to learn more and to watch the Mustangs when they are on the road! Or go to www.smsumustangs.com and click on the Live Video Webcasts tab on the right hand side of the page.

Triangular opponents: Southwest Minnesota State has won four straight meetings over Dakota Wesleyan. The two teams first met during the 2000-01 season, with SMSU last taking on the Tigers during the 2003-04 season. Dakota Wesleyan enters the triangular with a 1-4 record in duals this season. SMSU has never lost a dual with Northwestern (Iowa) owning a 5-0 record over the Red Raiders. The two teams first met in 1978-79 and last met during the 2002-03 season. Northwestern enters the triangular 2-3 in duals o the season.

Bring on the NSIC: After spending two months competing in open tournaments and duals with non-conference foes the Mustangs are set to begin the NSIC season on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in the PE Gym. Southwest Minnesota State will host the NSIC’s preseason favorite to win the leagueSt. Cloud State University.

Huskies at a glance: St. Cloud State enters the dual with a record of 12-1 in dual competition. The Huskies finished seventh in the national tournament as a team a season ago. In the latest edition of the National Wrestling Coaches Association Top-25 Poll St. Cloud State was the second ranked team in the country behind Nebrask-Omaha.

In the latest edition of the individual rankings St. Cloud State had six individual wrestlers ranked in the top eight in the country. Gabe Suarez, seventh at 141 pounds, John Sundgren, sixth at 157 pounds, Tad Merritt, second at 165 pounds, Shamus O’Grady, sixth at 174 pounds, Mic Berg, fifth at 184 pounds, and Jacob Kalnke, at 285 pounds. SCSU is currently 12-1 in duals on the season.

Results vs. the Huskies: Southwest Minnesota State is 12-26-1 all-time against St. Cloud State. The two teams first met during the 1969-70 season, and last met a season ago. SMSU fell in a dual against the Huskies 37-9 on Jan. 16 last year. SCSU was ranked ninth in the nation at the time and won four bouts by fall to beat the Mustangs in St. Cloud. The Huskies have won the last four duals with the Mustangs.

Mustang lineup:

Wt.     Wrestler
125     Travis Borchert or Ed Reno
133     Justin Reinsma or A.J. Jenniges
141     Ethan Hildebrandt or Codie Lane
149     Kyle Anderson or David Albrecht
157     Casey Field
165     Logan McAlpin
174     William Fate
184     CD Johnson
197     Martin Hagen
285     Brian Rodas or Todd Klemz

In the poll: The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team received votes in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II wrestling rankings released by the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association released Jan. 4. The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference earned four spots in he top-20 in this week’s edition of the rankings. St. Cloud State currently ranks second while Augustana (S.D.) is ranked third. Minnesota State cracked the poll at seventh and Upper Iowa landed at 11th. Along with the Mustangs, MSU Moorhead received votes in the coaches’ poll this week.

Last time out: The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team had 10 wrestlers place at the Buena Vista Open today in Storm Lake, Iowa. Zach Coates and Trent Molacek led the Mustangs going 3-0 on the day as the champion at 174 pounds. Molacek followed that performance going 4-0 at 165 pounds and winning that weight class.

Nine Mustangs wrestlers placed sixth or higher at the Buena Vista Open. Travis Borchert finished second place at 125 pounds and Justin Reinsma picked up second place honors at 133 pounds. Brian Beilke also came in fourth at 133 pounds for SMSU as well. Ethan Hildebrandt lost his second bout of the night before reeling off four straight wins to take third place at 141 pounds.

Casey Field finished the day 2-1 at 157 pounds while finishing in second place. Billy Fate went 3-1 and finished third at 174 pounds. Brian Rodas and Andrew Rodas made their first appearances of the season after spending the fall with the SMSU football team. Andrew Rodas picked up a second place finish at 197 pounds while Brian went 1-2 and finished sixth at 285 pounds.

Coates started the afternoon off with a win by fall at 2:56 over Ryan Peres and followed that with a win by fall at 1:13 over Casey Paprocki of Buena Vista.

133-pounder on a tear: Redshirt freshman Justin Reinsma (Slayton, Minn.) had a strong showing in December going 4-0, including winning the Red Bracket at the Dragon Open in Moorhead on Dec. 4 with a perfect 3-0 record. Reinsma, a 133-pounder, began the stretch with a win by fall at 4:48 over Jake McManigal during SMSU’s 18-18 dual match tie versus Morningside College.

Reinsma opened the Dragon Open with a 9-2 victory over Tossaporn Suparat from Augsburg, before advancing to the finals with a victory by fall at 6:30 over Evan Forde from MSU Moorhead. Reinsma capped the day with a 12-2 win over Cody Madsen from Augsburg in the finals. Reinsma is now 16-6 on the season.

Veteran presence: CD Johnson enters the triangular with a record of 14-8 on the season. Johnson picked up a win in SMSU’s first dual of the season picking up a 5-1 decision. Draper was a part of the comeback against Morningside earning a 10-7 decision over Morningside’s John Sievert. Johnson has recorded two pins on the season.

Nationally ranked: Brian Rodas, a native of Farmersburg, Iowa, was the first Mustang to be ranked this season, and has been ranked in every poll this season. Rodas entered the season at No. 8 at 285 pounds. The junior made his first appearance of the season in the Buena Vista Open on Dec. 11. Rodas went 1-2 in the open finishing in sixth place. Last season, Rodas qualified for the national tournament at 285 pounds and finished the season with a record of 12-8.

Southwest Minnesota State at Dakota Wesleyan Triangular

Mustangs Grab Two Wins at Dakota Wesleyan Triangular; Defeat Wesleyan and Northwestern

MITCHELL, S.D. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team picked up two dual wins in a triangular event with Dakota Wesleyan University and Northwestern (Iowa) in non-conference action Wednesday night. SMSU won the dual with Dakota Wesleyan 27-12 before picking up a 32-20 win over Northwestern. With the two wins SMSU improves to 4-0-1 heading into the NSIC portion of its schedule.

Ed Reno (125 pounds) was the first to hit the mat for the Mustangs tonight falling in a 6-2 decision to Zach Nelson of Dakota Wesleyan. Southwest Minnesota State would go on to win the next three bouts starting with Justin Reinsma (133 pounds) who picked up a 10-8 decision over Richard Rios. Redshirt freshman Codie Lane (141 pounds) pinned Allan Stuber at 5:33 of the second period before Kyle Anderson earned an 8-5 decision over Ray Rickenbach at 149 pounds.

SMSU almost walked away with the dual but the Tigers would squeak out the next two bouts when Nick Hutcheson won a 3-1 decision over SMSU’s Casey Field in overtime at 157 pounds. At 165 pounds, DWU’s Tanner LaValliere snuck past Logan McAlpin earning a 7-6 decision.

174-pounder Billy Fate earned a hard-fought 9-4 decision over Tyler Sarringar of Dakota Wesleyan. The Mustangs won the next two weight classes by forfeit setting up the heavyweight bout. SMSU’s Todd Klemz would eventually fall at 285 pounds losing a 5-2 decision to Eric Gruis. The Mustangs earned a 27-12 win in the dual with host Dakota Wesleyan.

Justin Reinsma (133 pounds) was the first to get the Mustangs on the scoreboard against Northwestern when he pinned Northwestern’s Pedro Ruiz at 2:03 of the first period. Freshman Ethan Hildebrandt followed that up with a 6-1 decision over Matt Dowell of Northwestern at 141 pounds.

Two bouts later, Logan McAlpin pinned Jesse McCann of Northwestern at 1:12 of the first period earning a win at 165 pounds for the Mustangs. Sophomore Billy Fate dominated Aaron Ruskell picking up a 16-0 technical fall at 4:19, giving SMSU a win at 174 pounds.

Martin Hagen won by forfeit at 197 pounds before senior Brian Rodas pinned Brad Hughes at 2:15 at 285 pounds. The Mustangs would go on to defeat Northwestern 32-20 in the dual.

This was the final tune-up for Southwest Minnesota State before the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule begins on Jan. 22. The Mustangs will dual No. 2 St. Cloud State at 7 p.m. in the PE gym on the campus of SMSU.

Dakota Wesleyan Triangular

Southwest Minnesota State (3-0-1) 27 Dakota Wesleyan (1-5) 12
125: Zach Nelson (DWU) dec. Ed Reno, 6 – 2
133: Justin Reinsma (SMSU) dec. Richard Rios, 10 – 8
141: Codie Lane (SMSU) pinned Allan Stuber, 5:33
149: Kyle Anderson (SMSU) dec. Ray Rickenbach, 8 – 5
157: Nick Hutcheson (DWU) dec. Casey Field, 3 – 1 OT
165: Tanner LaValliere (DWU) dec. Logan McAlpin, 7 – 6
174: Billy Fate (SMSU) dec. Tyler Sarringar, 9 – 4
184: CD Johnson (SMSU) won by forfeit
197: Martin Hagen (SMSU) won by forfeit
Hwt: Eric Gruis (DWU) dec. Todd Klemz, 5 – 2

Southwest Minnesota State (4-0-1) 32 Northwestern College (1-4) 20
125: Angelo Quintana (NOR) tech. fall Ed Reno, 18-2, 4:17
133: Justin Reinsma (SMSU) pinned Pedro Ruiz, 2:03
141: Ethan Hildebrant (SMSU) dec. Matt Dowell, 6-1
149: Jerod Flores (NOR) pinned Kyle Anderson, :38
157: Mark Evjen (NOR) pinned Casey Field, 3:36
165: Logan McAlpin (SMSU) pinned Jesse McCann, 1:12
174: Billy Fate (SMSU) tech. fall Aaron Ruskell, 16-0 4:19
184: Luke Evjen (NOR) dec. CD Johnson, 8-4
197: Martin Hagen (SMSU) won by forfeit
Hwt: Brian Rodas (SMSU) pinned Brad Hughes, 2:15

MSU-Moorhead 33 University of Mary 12

BISMARCK, N.D. – MSU-Moorhead entered the top-20 rankings for the first time this season after being unranked in all previous polls this year. The newly ranked Dragons embarked faced off against the University of Mary (N.D.) Marauders before returning to Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Dragons took care of business and left the University of Mary with a 33-12 win.

The dual began at 149 pounds where Tyler Steinwand earned a 7-4 win over Landon DellaSilva. Steinwand opened up the dual with a takedown and DellaSilva followed that up with an escape to give Steinwand a 2-1 lead after the first period. DellaSilva earned three escapes in the second period but Steinwand’s reversal and takedown gave him the points to capture the win.

Trent Sovde backed up a loss at 165 pounds with a win at 174 pounds for the Dragons. Sovde worked over the Marauders’ Kurt Wiedrich in the first two periods en route to a 10-6 win. Sovde gained a pair of takedowns in the first along with a three-point nearfall to lead 7-1 after the first. A takedown in the second would secure the win for Sovde over Wiedrich.

At 197 pounds Brian Woelfel earned a fall at 2:37 of the first period to secure a momentum win for the Dragons. Senior Jon Swart took that momentum and finished off the Marauders with a close 3-2 decision over Austin Woo. The Dragons also had 125-pounder Corey Ulmer, 133-pounder Evan Forde and 157-pounder Tallen Wald all earn forfeit wins for the Dragons.

The No. 20 ranked Dragons 3-4 (1-1 NSIC) take their 33-12 win and will return home Thursday night to face off against the No. 7 ranked Mavericks of Minnesota State Mankato at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.

January 19, 2011 at Bismarck, ND

MSU-Moorhead 33 University of Mary 12
149 – Tyler Steinwand (MSUM) 7-4 decision over Landon DellaSilva (U-Mary)
157-Tallen Wald (MSUM) over OPEN (U-Mary)
165 – Taylor Nagel (U-Mary) 2-1 decision over Tyler Kivel (MSUM)
174 – Trent Sovde (MSUM) 10-6 decision over Kurt Wiedrich (U-Mary)
184 – Brady Anderson (U-Mary) 8-1 decision over Jacob McLean (MSUM)
197 – Brian Woelfel (MSUM) wins by pinfall at 2:37 over Kriss McCleary (U-Mary)
285 – Jon Swart (MSUM) 3-2 decision over Austin Woo (U-Mary)
125 – Cory Ulmer (MSUM) wins by forfeit over OPEN (U-Mary)
133 – Evan Forde (MSUM) wins by forfeit over OPEN (U-Mary)
141 – Tanner Beaman (U-Mary) wins by injury default over Brady Schneeberger (MSUM)