MSUM Opens NSIC Season at Northern, to Host Dragon Open on Sunday

MOORHEAD, Minn.—The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team will travel to Aberdeen, S.D., on Thursday to open the dual and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season against Northern State. The dual begins at 7 p.m.

MSUM will then host the annual Dragon Open at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Nemzek Fieldhouse.

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Minnesota Set For Cliff Keen Las Vegas

The Gophers are prepared to head to their first major tournament of the season at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The event is a star-studded affair with numerous ranked programs as well as some of the best wrestlers in the nation.

Among the schools attending alongside the Gophers include Ohio State, Arizona State, Cornell, Nebraska, Iowa State, and Virginia Tech.

Last season the Gophers placed in sixth with one champion and four total placers. The Buckeyes took the top spot in the tournament.

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College Recruiting: two-time state entrant Simmonds to Augustana University

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Augustana wrestling head coach Jason Reitmeier announced the signing of Nathan Simmonds Tuesday. Simmonds, a senior at Martin County West High School in Truman, Minnesota, will enroll as a freshman at Augustana in the fall of 2020.

“Our coaching staff and athletes are excited to have Nathan join our team next fall,” Reitmeier said. “Nathan is a great athlete who excels in all positions. Nathan has had success in all styles of wrestling and has a passion for the sport. We love his attitude and skillset and look forward to working with him next year.”

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Minimal movement over Thanksgiving Weekend in NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

Manheim, Pennsylvania – With only six duals taking place over the week of Thanksgiving, there were minimal changes in the most recent NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday.

Iowa received all 14 first-place votes to come in as the unanimous No. 1. The rest of the top five teams remained the same. The Hawkeyes (3-0) were impressive in a 32-3 dual win at home against then-No. 6 Wisconsin. Highlighting the dual for Iowa was Austin DeSanto, who defeated top-ranked and 2018 NCAA Division I champion Seth Gross at 133 pounds.

The only other matchup between ranked teams saw Ohio State beat Cornell 23-9 at a sold-out Covelli Center in Columbus. Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 7 this week, while Cornell stayed No. 17. No. 18 North Carolina was the only other ranked team in action. The Tar Heels (3-1) held off a solid Appalachian State squad 18-13 in Chapel Hill. No new teams entered the Top 25 this week.

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