Hennen takes first while SMSU places seven at DWO

MITCHELL, S.D. – Southwest Minnesota State’s Cole Hennen took first place going 4-0 at the Dakota Wesleyan Open on Saturday to lead the Mustangs as SMSU places seven total in the second open of the 2019-20 season.

Hennen, who wrestled 184, went 4-0 after opening the first championship round with a win by fall at 1:08, over Jeremiah Glise from Briar Cliff, before earning two wins by decision in the quarter and semifinal bouts against Tanner Stamper-Smith who wrestled unattached, and over Zach Peterson from Augustana. In the first-place match, Hennen earned a win by major decision over Joseph Reimers from Kearney Nebraska to complete his perfect outing at the open.

Seasoned senior Andrew Petersen wrestled heavyweight to earn a second-place finish going 3-1 on the day. Petersen cruised into the first-place match with three wins by decision before suffering a win by fall at 0:57 by Steven Hajas from Augustana.

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Gophers Crown Five Champions at Bison Open

Across the border in Fargo, North Dakota, the Gopher wrestling team battled their way to five individual titles.

The Gophers had 15 individuals reach the semifinals, including having three semifinalists at 157-pounds. By the end, 12 Gophers had placed in the top three.

Across over 55 combined victories on Saturday, 17 came from pins and 35 total were bonus-point victories.

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St. Cloud State opens season with 3-0 record at Northeast Duals

Huskies defeat #1 ranked Pitt-Johnstown 31-6

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team opened its 2019-20 season in top order with a trio of victories at the 2019 Journeymen Northeast Duals, which were held in Troy, N.Y. on Nov. 9.

The Huskies (3-0, 0-0 NSIC) started the day’s action with a big 54-0 win over American International. SCSU then charted a huge 31-6 win over #1 ranked Pitt-Johnstown in the second match of the day at the NE Duals. To finish the action out east, SCSU rolled to a 43-0 win over Johnson-Wales.

St. Cloud State gone undefeated over the past two seasons and currently owns a 51 dual match winning streak dating back to the 2016-17 season.

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Jackrabbits open season in Fargo

The South Dakota State University wrestling team will open the 2019-20 campaign Saturday by competing in the Bison Open.

Competition is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at Scheels Center on the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo, North Dakota. Coverage of the day-long event will be available through TrackWrestling.com (subscription required for video).

More than 20 Jackrabbit wrestlers are expected to compete in the tournament, which also will feature Division I wrestlers from Minnesota and North Dakota State. Rounding out the field are wrestlers from regional NCAA Division II, NAIA, and junior college programs.

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‘A ton of hammers in here’: Augsburg’s new women’s wrestling team kicks off season

When Augsburg University’s women’ wrestling team begins its season on Saturday, it does so with a completely blank slate.

The program is the only varsity collegiate wrestling team for women in Minnesota, and it’s new this year. Saturday’s competition at Waldorf University in Iowa will be the team’s first.

Of the 10 Augsburg wrestlers, most are first-years, including Vayle-rae Baker from Pennsylvania.

“I feel like it’s my art,” Baker said of wrestling. “It’s what I love to do. I get to have my own style, I get to have my own performances when I go out and wrestle. And it’s the bonds that you make, and the connections. It’s like a family.” Listen/continue reading at www.mprnews.org