Upper Iowa 38, MSU Moorhead 4

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Junior Braydon Ortloff opened with a win but No. 20 Upper Iowa won the next nine matches to earn a 38-4 win over No. 25 Minnesota State University Moorhead in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference wrestling Thursday night in Moorhead, Minn.

MSUM fell to 0-2 overall and in the NSIC while Upper Iowa improved to 1-1 overall and in the league.

The dual started at 165 and MSUM junior Braydon Ortloff erased a deficit to score a major decision win over Upper Iowa’s Scott Kellenberger.

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No. 25 Dragon Wrestlers Set to Host No. 20 Upper Iowa This Thursday

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team is back in action on Thursday when it hosts No. 20 Upper Iowa. The dual begins at 7 p.m. at Nemzek Fieldhouse on the MSUM campus.

Fans will not be allowed for Thursday’s dual but the match can be followed here.

Both teams are 0-1 overall and in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

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Southwest Minnesota State 18, MSU-Moorhead 16

SMSU wins final four bouts to earn thrilling season-opening win at MSUM

MOORHEAD Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team opened its dual season on Thursday night earning a thrilling come-from-behind victory over No. 25 MSU Moorhead 18-16 at Alex Nemzek Hall.

SMSU trailed 16-6 after six bouts, but rallied back earning victories in the final four matches to secure the victory and pick up its third straight win over MSUM.

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Dragons Open Season Thursday at Home against SMSU

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team will host Southwest Minnesota State on Thursday night to open the 2020-21 season. No fans will be allowed to attend Thursday’s dual but the match will be streamed live here.

The dual is one of six scheduled for the Dragons this season. All will be Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference duals.

The lineup will be led by junior Cole Jones, who missed 2019-20 with an injury. He was an All-American at 125 pounds in 2018-19. He was 29-10 that season and was All-NSIC First Team selection.

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Jones Ranked 6th at 125 in Preseason National Rankings; Dragon Wrestlers 25th

Minnesota State University Moorhead junior Cole Jones is ranked sixth at 125 pounds in the NCAA Division II Coaches Rankings released Friday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The Dragons are ranked 25th in the preseason poll with three athletes ranked.

Jones was All-American at 125 pounds in 2018-19 but missed the 2019-20 season with an injury. In 2018-19 Jones was 29-10 overall and in his two seasons competing as a Dragon, is 49-23. He’s led the team in wins both years.

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – December 18, 2020

Manheim, PA – Behind four top-ranked wrestlers and another three ranked individuals, the St. Cloud State Huskies sit atop the preseason edition of the NCAA Division II Coaches Rankings, released Friday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Head Coach Steve Costanzo’s Huskies, who ended the 2019-20 season ranked atop the team poll, amassed 108 points, with the #1 wrestlers at 133, 157, 165 and 285 all from St. Cloud State. Nebraska-Kearney is second in the poll, with 90 points behind eight ranked individuals. Central Oklahoma (80), Lindenwood (65) and McKendree (55) round out the top five in the team ranking.

Central Oklahoma features the most ranked wrestlers, with nine Bronchos spread throughout the individual rankings. Heath Gray, the 2020 Division II Wrestler of the Year, opens the season atop the 184 rankings to highlight the UCO group. Heavyweight is the lone weight class that does not feature a Broncho, while Central Oklahoma has a wrestler in the top five at four weights. Nebraska-Kearney’s eight ranked Lopers is second-most, with St. Cloud State and Gannon both landing seven wrestlers in the individual rankings.

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