SMSU hosts Upper Iowa and Augustana in weekend duals

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (0-3, 0-2 NSIC) hosts Upper Iowa (4-3, 1-0 NSIC) at 7 p.m. on Friday and Augustana (1-1, 0-1 NSIC) at 2 p.m. in Saturday in the PE Gym for two conference duals.

CATCHING UP WITH THE MUSTANGS — The Mustangs hosted the DIII national leader, Augsburg University, on Jan. 12, for a 32-6 non-conference loss. Kegen Fingalsen and Andrew Petersen won the only two bouts of the dual. Fingalsen defeated Josh Verbeten of Augsburg with a 9-5 decision victory and Petersen earned a 5-2 decision victory over Ethan Hofacker.

SMSU also dropped the second conference dual of the season, 22-16, to Northern State on Jan. 10. Four Mustangs earned bout victories as Cortez Arredondo earned the first victory of the night with a 9-1 major decision victory over NSU’s Walker Carr. Kegen Fingalsen kept it rolling with a 5-1 decision victory over Billy Holtan at 165 and Dru Kuchenbaker won over Jake Flakus with a medical forfeit at 5:32. The Mustangs dropped the next two bouts before Andrew Petersen finished the night with a victory over Harrison Townsend in sudden victory. Arredondo is ranked at No. 8 in the last NWCA DII Rankings released on Jan. 11.

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Top Prospect Devin Winston Joins Gopher Wrestling

The Gophers received the national letter of intent from top 182-pound prospect, Devin Winston to officially join the Gopher Wrestling program. Winston is a two-time state finalist who won the state title in 2017.

The senior from Park Hill, Missouri, is currently ranked No.1 at the 182-pound weight class by FloWrestling. Winston finished third at Ironman, beat fellow top prospect Abe Assad at “Who’s #1” and won the Kansas City Stampede.

“Devin has won at every level of wrestling,” assistant coach Trevor Brandvold said. “He’s a competitor that is a nightmare match-up for his opponents because he can level change, scramble, and is a tough rider with incredible length. We will have a lot of quality guys battling it out for our upper weight spots.”

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Vikings and Dragons Square up on Thursday

Match is set for 7 p.m. in the Elmen Center

SIOUX FALLS – Fresh off a dominating win over Dakota Wesleyan in its home-opener last week, the Augustana wrestling team returns to Northern Sun Conference action on Thursday, when the Vikings host MSU Moorhead at 7 p.m., in the Elmen Center.

The Vikings hope to build on their 54-0 win over the Tigers last Wednesday when they won all five matches, and then added five more forfeit victories to even their dual record at 1-1.

The match opened with a 14-11 decision win for Tyler Wagener at 157 lbs. and then at 165 lbs., Jackson Sweeney followed with a 14-3 major decision to stake the Vikings to a 9-0 lead.

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NCAA standings feature multiple ties in second week of release

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March at the respective Division I, II and III Wrestling Championships.

The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 wrestling championships. The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons.

For falls and tech falls to be counted they must come against opponents in the same division (i.e. Division II vs. Division II). Ties in the two categories are broken based on the aggregate time.

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St. Cloud State wrestling returns to NSIC schedule with match vs. Mary

The #1 St. Cloud State University wrestling team (14-0, 2-0 NSIC) will return to its 2018-19 NSIC schedule with a home match against #24 University of Mary (3-1, 1-1 NSIC) on Saturday, Jan. 19. The match in Halenbeck Hall will begin at 2 p.m. and it has been designated as SCSU Wrestling Alumni Day.

The Alumni Day activities will open with a pre-match breakfast at the East Side VFW in St. Cloud, followed by the match at 2 p.m. All SCSU wrestling alumni in attendance will be introduced on the center mat during intermission that day. The fun-filled day will finish with a post-match social at Howie’s Bar and Grill in downtown St. Cloud. For more information on the SCSU Wrestling Alumni Day activities, please call the SCSU wrestling office at 320-308-2996.

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