2018-19 Season In Review: Dragon Wrestling

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team wrapped up the 2018-19 season with two individuals qualifying for the national tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the 10th season under head coach Kris Nelson.

The Dragons finished the season with a 2-10 overall record and a 1-4 conference record with wins over Minot State and Northern State. The Dragons nearly knocked off two ranked teams late in the season, losing to No. 19 Upper Iowa 18-15 and No. 10 Minnesota State 18-16.

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Jones earns All-American honors

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestler Cole Jones is an All-American. The sophomore earned those honors with a seventh-place finish at 125 pounds at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships which concluded on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jones finished the year with a 29-10 record.

“He had a great year,” MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said. “He didn’t reach his ultimate goal of being a national champ but that’s something we feel he can do in the future. He put together a great year, finished third in the region. We know he’s right there.”

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Jones Advances to Saturday, Magnuson Eliminated

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Minnesota State University Moorhead sophomore Cole Jones advanced to the second day of competition at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, ensuring himself All-American honors. Jones went 2-1 during Friday’s opening competition, which is taking place in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jones (28-8) opened the day with win over Marcus Povlick of McKendree 7-4 thanks to a late takedown in the third period. He followed with a tough match against Nebraska-Kearney’s Josh Portillo in the quarterfinals, falling 14-9.

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Jones and Magnuson Ready for NCAA D2 Wrestling Championships

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota State University Moorhead sophomores Cole Jones and Jordan Magnuson will compete at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships which begin on Friday in Cleveland, Ohio. Both wrestlers are making their first trip to nationals.

Jones (26-8) will compete at 125 pounds. He will face the winner of the pigtail match between Gannon’s Jacob Dunlap (18-8) and McKendree’s Marcus Povlick (3-1). Jones has been ranked as high as fifth in the nation this season at 125 pounds.

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