Northern State 29 MSU Moorhead 8

Hayes and Baguma Put in Solid Efforts, Wolves Win Dual Over Dragons

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Hunter Hayes and Andre Baguma combined for 11 takedowns as the pair picked up wins for MSUM, but 20th-ranked Northern State defeated the Dragons in dual action, 29-8.

Clayson Mele opened the dual for the Dragons, battling Northern State’s Landen Fischer. Mele scored two takedowns and four escapes, but was unable to collect two takedowns to pull even with Fischer. The sophomore fell in the match 12-8.

Hunter Hayes got MSUM its first victory of the dual at 141 pounds thanks to four takedowns and an escape. Hayes collected over two minutes of riding time to put together a 10-1 major decision victory over Robert Coyle.

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Dragons Slated for Road Duals with 20th-Ranked Wolves and Blue Hawks

MOORHEAD, Minn. — With all of their scheduled home duals behind them, MSU Moorhead wrestling will take to the road for a pair of duals on Thursday and Tuesday. The Dragons will battle 20th-ranked Northern State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and will travel to Dickinson, N.D. on Tuesday, February 7, for an 8 p.m. (CT) dual with the Dickinson State Blue Hawks.

The Dragons dropped their final two home duals of the season after falling 34-6 to fifth-ranked St. Cloud State and 30-9 to Minnesota State. In those duals, MSUM was paced by Clayson Mele, who picked up a 4-3 decision win against St. Cloud State’s Ashton Clark on Friday night. Mele would win by forfeit the following day against the Mavericks.

Heavyweight Andre Baguma broke into the starting lineup last week and would secure a 2-1 decision win against St. Cloud State’s Elijah Novak. The senior would lose a tough 4-1 decision to reigning national champion Darrell Mason the following afternoon. The weekend split moved Baguma’s record to 4-5 on the season. Thomas Carrillo also picked up a stirring overtime win on Saturday over Minnesota State’s Isaiah Mlsna. In the process, Carrillo moved his season record to 12-11.

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Minnesota State 30, MSU Moorhead 9

Minnesota State Topples MSU Moorhead in Road Dual

Moorhead, Minn. – The Mavericks raced to a 20-0 lead Saturday afternoon and never looked back as it downed MSU Moorhead, 30-9 in an NSIC dual.

Freshman Kole Marko opened the dual with a 6-4 win at 165 lb., before junior Mike Smith and senior Brody Nielsen recorded back-to-back major decisions at 174 and 181 pounds, respectively.

At 195 lb., senior Dylan Butts received a forfeit, giving the Mavericks a wide 17-0 lead over the Dragons before senior Darrell Mason picked up a 4-1 decision at 285 pounds.

MSU Moorhead picked up a win by forfeit at 125 before earning a 9-7 sudden victory decision at 133 pounds to cut the Maverick lead to 20-9.

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St. Cloud State 34, MSU Moorhead 6

No. 5 St. Cloud State rolls to 34-6 win in Moorhead; Four bonus point wins key Huskies outburst over MSUM

MOORHEAD, Minn. – No. 5 St. Cloud State Wrestling won eight of 10 matches with a forfeit and four bonus point wins to flatten Minnesota State-Moorhead 34-6 on Friday evening at Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead. After dropping their first bout by decision, the Huskies rattled off eight straight wins to improve to 3-1 in NSIC dual competition.

SCSU won the takedown battle 17-2 and piled up four four-point nearfalls.

The Dragons earned their first win of the match in the first bout at 125 as Ashton Clark dropped a tight 4-3 decision to Clayson Mele. Caleb Meekins made sure the lead wouldn’t last long in his bout at 133, shooting in for a cradle of Thomas Carillo to stick him just 14 seconds in.

Riding the momentum provided by Meekins’ fall, No. 11 Alyeus Craig provided a vintage effort at 141 to earn a 9-1 major decision over Hunter Hayes. Craig scored three takedowns and a reversal, adding the riding time point as he dominated on top.

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Dragons Face Tests Against St. Cloud State and Mankato

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The MSUM wrestling team will close their home dual schedule this weekend as the Dragons welcome fifth-ranked St. Cloud State to Nemzek Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. on Friday. MSUM will then host Minnesota State Mankato at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

MSUM will honor four seniors and a senior student manager on Friday night ahead of the dual with the Huskies. The seniors being honored are as follows: Samuel Grove (197 pounds) – Moorhead, Minn. – Major: MS in Counseling, Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Cody Dravis (165 pounds) – Park Rapids, Minn. – Major: Construction Management
Anthony Castro (174 pounds) – Rupert, Idaho – Major: Communication Studies, Event Planning and Promotion Emphasis; Andre Baguma (Heavyweight) – Fargo, N.D. – Major: Exercise Science, Health & Fitness; and Chloe Lear (Student Manager) – Pipestone, Minn. – Major: Elementary Inclusive Education.

The Dragons are 1-6 in dual competition and are 0-5 in NSIC duals this season. MSUM lost their most recent dual on the road to Minot State last Thursday. Jacob Davis led the Dragons in that dual with a 23-5 technical fall victory over Minot State’s Isaac Ortega. On Sunday, 12 MSUM wrestlers competed at the North Country Open hosted by Saint John’s University. Jonas Anez and Andre Baguma took runner-up honors at the open in their respective weight classes. Gunnar Mogen also picked up three wins in the open, finishing third at 149 pounds.

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