Dragons Set to Scuffle at NCAA Division II Super Region V

MOORHEAD, Minn. — MSUM wrestling will travel to Aberdeen, S.D., on Saturday, February 25, for the NCAA Division II Super Region V meet. Hosted by Northern State, the meet will determine which wrestlers will make the cut for the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships.

Action is set to begin from Wachs Arena at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Teams competing at the meet will be MSUM, Parkside, UMary, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State, Upper Iowa, Minot State, Northern State, Augustana, and Southwest Minnesota State.

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – February 17, 2023

MANHEIM, Pa.- Heading into the postseason, the Central Oklahoma Bronchos narrowly held onto the top spot in Division II wrestling, in the latest edition of the NWCA Division II Coaches Poll, released Jan. 20 by the Association.

Just two points separate the Bronchos from #2 Lander, with UCO coming in with 82 points and the Bearcats 80. Central Oklahoma has a poll-high nine ranked wrestlers, highlighted by the nation’s top heavyweight in Shawn Streck. St. Cloud State and West Liberty are tied for the third place spot (64 points), with defending National Champion Nebraska-Kearney rounding out the top five with 59 points.

Behind UCO’s nine ranked wrestlers, the Huskies of St. Cloud State have eight ranked individuals, highlighted by 2021 National Champion Abner Romero in the top spot at 174. Lander features seven ranked wrestlers, led by reigning National Champion Zeth Brower at the top of the 141 ranking.

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Dragons End Regular Season with Loss to Seventh-Ranked Rangers

KENOSHA, Wis. — In the final regular season dual of the season, MSU Moorhead wrestling was outpaced by seventh-ranked Parkside. Anthony Castro and Andre Baguma picked up decision wins as the Rangers won the dual 36-6.

Thomas Carrillo would grab two takedowns and four escapes in his 133-pound bout with Joey Roti. Carillo would score a takedown to tie the match at eight with just under 10 seconds remaining. However, Roti would utilize a bonus point to take a 9-8 decision win.

Anthony Castro picked up his second win of the week with a 7-3 decision over Parkside’s Drake Regenhardt. The senior scored two takedowns, an escape and a bonus point thanks to over 90 seconds of riding time.

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MSUM Closes Regular Season at Seventh-Ranked Parkside

MOORHEAD, Minn. — MSU Moorhead wrestling will close the 2022-23 regular season with a trip to Kenosha, Wis., for a dual with the seventh-ranked Parkside Rangers. Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Dragons are coming off a dual loss to Northern State last Thursday before battling Dickinson State on Tuesday evening. In the loss to the Wolves, Hunter Hayes and Andre Baguma picked up major decision wins for MSUM. Baguma had seven takedowns in his 18-8 win over Nathan Schauer, while Hayes managed four takedowns in a 10-1 win over Robert Coyle. Baguma has won three of his last four matches since cracking the starting lineup on January 27 against St. Cloud State. The win for Hayes was his third major decision win of the season.

MSUM defeated Dickinson State 35-9 on Tuesday evening to secure their second win of the season. Seven Dragons picked up wins in the dual, led by pins from Baguma and Anthony Castro. Thomas Carrillo, Hayes and Jonas Anez scored major decision wins in the dual, while Clayson Mele won by technical fall.

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