MSU-Moorhead 30 Northern State 13

No. 20 Dragons Send Wolves Packing At John Sterner Endowment Dual

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The No. 20 Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons welcome in the Northern State Wolves (S.D.) for the annual John Sterner Endowment Dual. The Dragons worked over the Wolves early on for three pins en route to a 30-13 win.

After a forfeit win for the Dragons at 125 pounds in favor of Graelin Garlington, Senior Evan Forde opened up the dual with a big win over Ian Muirhead. Forde showed that he was in firm control early on with a takedown just 24 seconds into the match.

Forde led 8-6 after the opening period, racking up three more points in the second period with a near fall. In the final period Forde finally got his aggressive offense to pay off, pinning Ian Muirhead at 6:37 to put the Dragons up 12-0.

Tyler Steinwand looked to continue his recent run of success against Beau Voegeli at 149 pounds. Steinwand was forced to rally after Voegeli lead 4-2 after the first period. Steinwand chose down to start the second and reversed Voegeli, taking him down 30 seconds later.

After Voegeli tied the match with an escape, he failed to capitalize any further as Steinwand gained the winning point with 2:33 of riding time for a 7-6 win. The Dragons early success continued at 157 pounds with No. 7 ranked Tallen Wald taking on Ryan Dickonson.

Wald gained control early with a takedown just 15 seconds into the opening period, nearly pinning Dickinson 24 seconds later. Wald finally put away Dickinson with a pin fall at 1:24 of the match, the Dragons second pin fall of the night. The pin by Wald opened up the lead to 21-3.

Tyler Kivel opened up the second half against Neil Sell at 165 pounds. Kivel gained a takedown 24 seconds into the match while Sell responded with an escape. After Kivel kept Sell from scoring in the second, Kivel chose down to start the third, escaping Sell’s hold and taking him down simultaneously. Kivel kept on the pressure, gaining the third pin fall for the Dragons, which gave the Dragons a 27-3 lead.

The Wolves gained a win at 174 pounds with Chad Gibson gaining a win over Trent Sovde. With the match in Gibson’s favor, Sovde made a last second move for a tying takedown but was not awarded the points.

Freshman Kody Kalkbrenner regained the momentum for the Dragons at 184 pounds, taking on Jeb Clay. Kalkbrenner traded takedowns and reversals with Clay in the first period but Kalkbrenner’s escape gave him the one point lead after the first period.

Clay tied the match up in the second matching Kalkbrenner with an escape but gaining a takedown with 19 seconds remaining. Kalkbrenner racked up the points in the third, getting two takedowns and nearly pinning Clay as the match ended, capping his match with a three-point near fall to win by a final of 15-8.

After a Wolves’ win at 197 pounds between Northern State’s Brent Fosheim and Brian Woelfel, the dual reached the final match between the Dragons’ Jon Swart and the No. 2 ranked heavyweight in the nation, Matthew Meuleners.

Meuleners and Swart each exchanged escapes to begin the second and third periods, respectively. Both wrestlers battled for position in the first overtime period but neither gained any points. During the second set of overtime periods, both Meuleners and Swart each swapped escapes. Meuleners gained the decisive takedown to win the match by a final of 4-2.

The Dragons 30-13 win brings their record to 6-8 (2-4 NSIC). The Dragons continue their home stand with a dual against Dickinson State on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. inside Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

MSU-Moorhead 30 Northern State 13
125 Graelin Garlington (MSM) For Forfeit (NS)
133 Evan Forde (MSM) FALL Ian Muirhead (NS) 6:37
141 Benton Crow (NS) DEC Brady Schneeberger (MSM) 4-1
149 Tyler Steinwand (MSM) DEC Beau Voegeli (NS) 7-6
157 Tallen Wald (MSM) FALL Ryan Dickinson (NS) 1:24
165 Tyler Kivel (MSM) FALL Neil Sell (NS) (6:16)
174 Chad Gibson (NS) DEC Trent Sovde (MSM) 3-1
184 Kody Kalkbrenner (MSM) DEC Jeb Clay (NS) 15-8
197 Brent Fosheim (NS) MD Brian Woelfel (MSM) 13-1
285 Matthew Meuleners (NS) DEC Jon Swart (MSM) 4-2

MSU-Mankato 31 Southwest Minnesota State 6

Mankato, Minn. – The No. 8 Minnesota State Mavericks completed the home portion of their schedule on Thursday night as they defeated the visiting Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs 31-6 on Senior Night at Bresnan Arena.

Senior Andy Forstner’s (No. 4, 125-lbs) final home match wasn’t a long one as he jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a takedown at the :30 mark before pinning Travis Borchert four seconds later (:34) to earn his second win by fall of the season and give the Mavericks an early 6-0 lead.
Fellow senior Ben Becker (No. 6, 174-lbs) also made the most of his final home match earning a 12-2 major decision win over Zach Coates. Despite leading just 2-0 after the first period, Becker would record four takedowns in the matches final two periods and earn 3:35 of riding time en route to victory.
Junior Aaron Norgren (No. 6, 184-lbs) earned a win by sudden victory over CD Johnson giving him four consecutive wins. Norgren earned a two-point takedown with just eight seconds remaining in sudden victory for a 6-4 win.
Breaking his two-match losing streak was the No. 7 ranked junior Pat Mahan. Mahan would go on to earn two three-point near-falls and two two-point near-falls before defeating Martin Hagen by a 15-0 technical fall at the 5:28 mark.
Four other wrestlers would go on to earn wins for the Mavericks as sophomore Robby Fisher (141-lbs) won a 4-2 decision, sophomore Jesse Westphal(149-lbs) won a 2-1 decision, junior John Makabe (157-lbs) won an 8-5 decision, and freshman Brendan Eichmann (165-lbs) won a 19-9 major decision.
With the win the Mavericks improve to 9-4 overall and 5-1 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action. The loss drops the Mustangs to 5-4-1 overall and 1-4 in the NSIC.
The Mavericks will close out their regular season next week as they travel to St. Cloud State to take on the No. 3 ranked Huskies. The dual is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm on Thursday, Feb. 17.

MSU-Mankato 31 Southwest Minnesota State 6
125: #4 Forstner (MSU) fall Borchert :34
133: Reinsma (SMS) dec Norgren 8-3
141: Fisher (MSU) dec Hildebrandt 4-2
149: Westphal (MSU) dec Carter 2-1
157: Makabe (MSU) dec Field 8-5
165: Eichmann (MSU) md Fate 19-9
174: #6 Becker (MSU) md Coates 12-2
184: #6 Norgren (MSU) dec Johnson 6-4 sv
197: #7 Mahan (MSU) tf Hagen 15-0 5:28
Hwt: Rodas (SMS) dec Haynes 9-5

Batsukh Named Wrestler of the Week Release

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s University senior Minga Batsukh (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.) was named the Wrestler of the Week on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Minga BatsukhThe two-time defending national champion at 141 pounds and a three-time national qualifier, Batsukh won the 149-pound weight class with four technical falls and a major decision at last weekend’s North Country Open. He collected a total of 50 takedowns in his five matches, including a school-record in his 35-19 win in the opening round. The 17 takedowns broke the old record of 15 set by Scot Doboszenski during the 1992-93 season.

He moved up one spot to No. 3 in the national rankings after defeating then-No. 3 Tony Valek from Augsburg two weeks ago. Batsukh’s only loss this season was to No. 2 Blaine Woszczak of Ithaca (N.Y.).

The Johnnies finish their regular season at the Wisconsin-Eau Claire Invitational this Saturday, Feb. 12.

Jacks return home to face rival Bison

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The South Dakota State wrestling team returns to Frost Arena for the final homestand of the season as the team hosts North Dakota State Friday at 7 p.m. in Western Wrestling Conference action.

Aaron Pickrel leads the Jackrabbits with a 2-1 WWC record and a 24-8 overall record. Pickrel notched four-straight wins at the North Country Open last week to win the 125-pound weight division. Pickrel is 5-0 in falls with the quickest in one minute three seconds. He will not compete Friday against NDSU due to injury. 

This week’s Competition

North Dakota State Bison – North Dakota State enters the weekend 7-4 overall and 1-3 in the WWC. The Bison dropped a dual against Air Force 22-19 and no. 25 Wyoming 35-3 in their last conference action.

Trent Sprenkle, ranked no. 19 by Intermat and no. 22 by the NCAA owns a 26-7 record, including 3-1 in the WWC. Sprenkle lost his first conference bout to no. 18 Michael Martinez of Wyoming Jan. 30, but he won seven of his last eight matches. The sophomore lost only two of 11 dual matches on the season so far.

Vince Salminen, ranked no. 18 by Intermat and the NCAA, is 31-5 on the season and 4-0 in the WWC. The 157-pounder was the lone Bison to tally a win against no. 25 Wyoming in NDSU’s last conference matchup. The senior has won seven of his last eight bouts and has only three dual losses.

The Jacks are 19-34-1 against the Bison all time.

Jacks by numbers – The 11 grapplers on the probable lineup for the matchup against NDSU own 59 wins on the season with 126 bout losses.

As a team, the Jacks won 35 matches by fall with the two quickest falls in 32 seconds (Joe Brewster) and 34 seconds (Cord Willers).

David Michaud and Dustin Walraven claim the most wins by fall, both with a 6-0 falls record. Aaron Pickrel follows with a 5-0 falls record.

The Jacks have 68 wins by decision, 20 wins by major decision and six wins by technical fall.

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Jackrabbit Insider on FOX and FSN –  “Jackrabbit Insider” airs at 10:30 p.m. Sundays on KTTW FOX 7.  The show can also be seen on FOX Sports North Tuesdays at 6 p.m. CT. FOX College Sports Central will air the program Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. “Jackrabbit Insider” is also available through the Jackrabbit Extra video on-demand service at

Hosted by Tyler Merrium, “Jackrabbit Insider” is a weekly half-hour program that provides Jackrabbit fans with a behind-the-scenes look at South Dakota State University Athletics.

Last week – Aaron Pickrel and Dustin Walraven tallied top finishes for the South Dakota State wrestling team Saturday in the North Country Open, hosted by Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.

No. one seed Pickrel went 4-0 at the tournament to win the 125-pound weight class. He defeated his opponents 52-12, including two wins by decision, one major decision and a technical fall.

No. two seed Walraven went 4-1 in the 149-pound division to place second. Walraven won his first match by fall in 51 seconds against Alex Stepanek of Concordia Nebraska. He went on to win his next match by medical forfeit. He defeated the no. seven seed by technical fall 28-7 in 5:12 before beating the no. three seed by fall 4:47. He dropped the championship match to no. one seed Myanganbayar Batsukh of St. John’s 20-4. 

Next Up – The Jacks wrap up the regular season when they host Utah Valley Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in Frost Arena.

NCAA announces 2011 Division I Wrestling Championships are sold out

NCAA announces 2011 Division I Wrestling Championships are sold out

February 9, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — The Division I Wrestling Committee, Rider University and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference have announced that tickets for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are sold out.

“The committee is absolutely thrilled to see the wrestling championships sold out for the second year in a row,” said Derek van der Merwe, chair of the Division I Wrestling Committee and senior associate director of athletics at Central Michigan University. “This championship event continues to grow and it is great to see how the city of Philadelphia and the college wrestling community have enhanced this.”

The three-day event, taking place March 17-19 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., officially sold out of all-session tickets, and because of this no single session tickets will be available for the championships.

The NCAA Fan Festival, a free event for all fans, will be open March 17-19 from 1-7 p.m. each day at Lincoln Financial Field. Events include USA Wrestling National Team practices, the “Family Ties” National Wrestling Hall of Fame presentation and display, the NWCA Coaches Clinic and the annual Semifinals Preview Show. Additionally, there will be daily autograph sessions, a trivia contest, the WIN Magazine Memorabilia Show and a “Taste of Philadelphia” food, beverage and lounge area.

Tickets for the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., go on sale Thursday, March 17. To purchase tickets or for more information on the wrestling championships, log on to

Dragons Host Wolves In Annual John Sterner Endowment Dual

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team remains No. 20 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association poll for the NCAA Division-II wrestling standings. Tallen Wald joins Brady Schneeberger and Corey Ulmer in the individual national rankings for the Dragons.

No. 3 Corey Ulmer (19-4) moves up three spots in the latest polls, in large part to his 8-0 win over then-No. 2 Andy Forstner of Minnesota State Mankato on Jan. 20. Ulmer is currently on a 7-match winning streak since his one-point loss to No. 1 ranked Russell Weakley of North Carolina-Pembroke. Heading into the dual versus Northern State, Ulmer is 7-2 against the NSIC.

Brady Schneeberger remains No. 3 despite being inactive since the dual at the University of Mary (N.D.). Schneeberger has posted a 9-8 record this season, 3-2 in conference action, including a 2-2 record against U-Mary’s Todd Beaman with one loss being a medical default.

Schneeberger became the NSIC’s top 141-pounder when he upset Augustana’s Jay Sherer at last year’s NCAA Division-II Super III Regionals in Aberdeen, S.D. Schneeberger beat Sherer a second straight time at Augustana by a final of 5-2 and is a game day decision against Northern State (S.D.).

Also joining the national rankings is redshirt senior Tallen Wald at 157 pounds. Dating back to the national duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Wald has posted a 7-4 record and holds a 15-10 record overall. In the NSIC, Wald is 5-2 with his only losses coming to the top two wrestlers in conference, No. 2 John Sundgren of St. Cloud State and No. 3 Marcus Edgington of Augustana.


The Northern State Wolves are unranked but do bring in two ranked wrestlers, including No. 4 Cale Cornemann at 184 pounds and No. 2 ranked heavyweight Matt Meuleners.

The Wolves are currently on a six dual losing streak after getting shutout at the hands of No. 3 St. Cloud State. Prior to that the Wolves fell by only two points to NAIA No. 12 Dickinson State (N.D.).

The closest match in the dual against St. Cloud State was a battle of the top two heavyweights in the nation at the D-II level. No. 2 Matt Meuleners battled Jake Kahnke, the nation’s top heavyweight, in the final matchup. Kahnke came away with a narrow 5-4 win, leading to the Huskies shutout.

The Wolves’ last win came on Jan. 12 against Northwestern University (Iowa) 47-3. The Wolves are 0-4 against NSIC opponents so far this season. The Wolves were picked to finish seventh in the NSIC in the preseason coaches’ poll.


The Dragons lead the all-time series with the Wolves 18-9. In their last meeting, the Wolves snuck out a win over the Dragons 19-16. The Dragons fired ahead of the Wolves, winning four of the first five matches, but the Dragons stumbled from there as the Wolves came back to take the win. Corey UlmerEvan FordeTyler Steinwand and Tallen Wald all earned victories in the dual.

In last year’s dual, Jon Swart and Matt Meuleners both met at 197 pounds and meet up again at heavyweight. Schneeberger and Crow may meet up once again along with Tyler Steinwand potentially dueling once more with Beau Voegeli. The Dragons starters went 2-2 against Wolves’ wrestlers at the Bison Open on Nov. 13.

John Sterner coached the Dragons from 1988 until 2003. During his 15 years as Dragons wrestling head coach, the Dragons went 137-92-1 overall. This past April, Coach Sterner was inducted into the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Admission is seven dollars, all of which goes into the fund benefiting Dragons’ wrestling scholarships.

The dual is set to begin at 7 p.m. inside Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The Dragons wrestling team will host their Overtime Period at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Moorhead following the conclusion of the dual.