SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Dragons entered the wrestleback finals needing three wins to send three wrestlers to the NCAA Division-II National Championships in Kearney, Neb. March 11-12.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling sat just outside of the Top-20 rankings prior to their upset of No. 10 Upper Iowa, highlighted by senior Evan Forde‘s 3-1 overtime win against No. 4 Kyle Pedretti. The Dragons now enter this year’s NCAA Super III Regional Championships with lots of momentum on their side.
The Dragons finished the dual season with an 8-8 record under second year Head Coach Kris Nelson. The Dragons own two wins over Top-15 teams, including an 18-16 win over No. 13 Grand Canyon and also taking down No. 10 Upper Iowa in the dual season finale 25-17.
After swapping wins and losses early on, the Dragons hit their stride when the worked over Minot State (N.D.) 30-9 on Feb. 8, rattling off four wins in a row and two against NSIC opponents Northern State (S.D.) and No. 10 Upper Iowa.
The Dragons as a group have 189 individual wins and have outscored the opposition 798-766. As a team, the Dragons have outscored their opponents 752-655. Part of the Dragons ability to win close matches is their tough ground game. The Dragons have a 30-16 edge on three-point nearfalls and a 46-14 edge in reversals.
What A Difference A Year Makes
Entering the regional tournament last season, the Dragons had little momentum in their favor, winning two of their final eight duals. Just one year later, Coach Nelson’s Dragons are winners of their last four duals to finish of the season.
Junior Corey Ulmer has already matched his 21-win mark he set last season, a career-high for Ulmer. Ulmer has also dropped his losses from 11 prior to regionals last season to just four this year; including two against NCAA Division-I opponents and the current top two NCAA Division-II wrestlers.
Senior Evan Forde is in good position to surpass his 18 wins a season ago, entering regionals with 15 wins thus far. Another potential top seed in the regionals will be Brady Schneeberger, currently ranked No. 3 in the nation. Last season, the 17-17 Schneeberger stunned spectators; becoming the only none No. 1 seed to win the tournament with his initial sixth seed. Since regionals, Schneeberger owns a pair of wins over last year’s NCAA Division-II National Champion, Jay Sherer of Augustana (S.D.).
Largely inactive last season, Tyler Steinwand was asked to fill the shoes of All-American Derek Bomstad this season. Steinwand, a 3-1 record at 149 pounds last year, has been on a hot streak as of late. The junior has a 14-11 record and has won his last six matches in a row.
Tallen Wald has flourished as a captain, posting an 18-10 record at 157 pounds heading into the postseason, a great improvement over his 13-14 finish last season. Wald was ranked No. 7 in the nation on Feb. 3 but since then has dropped out of the rankings despite winning all five matches since that poll was released. Wald is also peaking at the right time for the Dragons, winning five in a row and eight of his last 10 matches.
Another improving wrestler of the Dragons has been sophomore Tyler Kivel. After posting only six wins at 165 pounds last season, Kivel has doubled his wins and cut his losses by more than half. Kivel currently holds a 12-5 record, a far cry from 6-12 in 2009-10. Kivel has been scorching for the Dragons, winning eight of his last nine matches and has provided a reliable option for Coach Nelson at 165 pounds.
A resurgence may be in order for newcomer Trent Sovde, who came to the Dragons from North Dakota State a season ago. Sovde has filled the void left by Jarret Hall last season with a 14-12 record so far. Sovde wrestled well in the open season, going 6-3 with no more than one loss in any tournament.
True freshman Kody Kalkbrenner has already shown that he will be a force in the NSIC for years to come, posting an 8-5 record at 184 pounds. Kalkbrenner put on a clinic at the Dragon Open in December, winning the underclassman division with a 3-0 record and has also won his last two matches.
Sophomore Brian Woelfel will be looking to prove his worth at 197 pounds, a weight class that features four top eight wrestlers in the nation. Woelfel stepped in this year for Jon Swart, who is the Dragons’ current heavyweight. Woelfel enters the regionals with a current record of 7-16.
The biggest turn around belongs to senior Jon Swart. Swart, who struggled cutting weight in 2009-10, has shown that a full offseason dedicated to wrestling can be largely beneficial. Swart took a 3-15 record at 197 and has turned it around into a 15-win season at a loaded weight class.
Swart has taken on three of the top four heavyweights in the nation, barely falling to No. 1 Jacob Kahnke of St. Cloud State and nearly defeating No. 2 Matt Meuleners of Northern State (S.D.). The last time out, Swart took on No. 4 Zach Rosol of Upper Iowa but left early with a medical forfeit.
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Dragons Honors
The Dragons’ Corey Ulmer was named Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 7 after winning the 125-pound championship at the Dragon Open. Ulmer is also a two-time MSUM Male Athlete of the Week. Senior Evan Forde was the last Wrestler of the Week after defeating No. 4 Kyle Pedretti in his last match. Forde is also a two-time MSUM Male Athlete of the Week, along with Brady Schneeberger who earned the honor on Jan. 10.
The 2010 Regionals
The Dragons finished in fifth place at last year’s regional tournament and had five national qualifiers. Corey Ulmer finished in fourth place with a 6-3 win over Matt Garcia of Mary (N.D.), while Derek Bomstad finished in second place at 149 pounds.
Departing seniors Jarret Hall (174 pounds) and Tim Johnson (heavyweight) each finished third to advance to nationals. The biggest day belonged to Brady Schneeberger, the sixth seeded 141-pounder, who pinned Jay Sherer with only 15 seconds left in regulation. Full coverage of last year’s regional tournament can be found here.
The Regionals Have Expanded
This year’s NCAA Super III Regionals will include three more teams battling for the same top four spots. The realignment has paired the eight NSIC teams with Wisconsin-Parkside, Indianapolis and Newman (Kan.).
125 No. 3 Corey Ulmer (21-4) – Super III Regional No. 2
133 Evan Forde (15-12) – Super III Regional No. 5
141 No. 3 Brady Schneeberger (10-9) – Super III Regional No. 1
149 Tyler Steinwand (14-11)
157 Tallen Wald (18-10) – Super III Regional No. 6
165 Tyler Kivel (12-5)
174 Trent Sovde (14-12) – Super III Regional No. 6
184 Kody Kalkbrenner (8-5)
197 Brian Woelfel (7-16)
285 Jon Swart (15-11) – Super III Regional No. 5
Dragons in the Rankings
The Dragons as a team were receiving votes in the last poll that came out on Feb. 16. In the two previous polls the Dragons were ranked No. 20 in the nation. Corey Ulmer and Brady Schneeberger both currently sit third in the nation. Ulmer currently holds the second seed to Upper Iowa’s Trevor Franklin. Brady Schneeberger sits as the current top seed in the Super III Region.
According to the Coaches
The Dragons were picked to finish fifth along with Southwest Minnesota State in the 2010-11 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Dragons received 14 points, 10 behind Upper Iowa picked fourth.
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Head Coach Kris Nelson is in his second season as the leader of the Dragons wrestling program. Nelson joined the Dragons’ Nation in 2009 after serving as an assistant coach for North Dakota State for nine seasons. Nelson is assisted by Josh Kerbaugh and Nate Baker. Kerbaugh became the youngest head coach in the nation in 2002, taking over for five seasons. Baker has been an assistant coach for the past three seasons after becoming the Dragons last national champion in 2006.
2011 Super Regional Three Championships
Augustana College (S.D.) will be hosting the championships this season inside the Elmen Center. The matches are schedule to begin at 10 a.m. on Feb. 27 with the doors opening at 9 a.m. The full championship coverage can be viewed at the following link.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Every season fans are reminded about commitment and perseverance. In collegiate sports, that happens on senior night. And for four seniors on the Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team, it’s their last chance to make an impression on the Dragon Nation.
For second year Head Coach Kris Nelson, who came to the Dragons after a stint as an assistant coach for North Dakota State, the knowledge of these wrestlers came long before he was asked to be the helm of Dragons’ wrestling. Coach Nelson was eager to share his thoughts about his seniors and their impact on Dragons’ wrestling.
After a brutal schedule had not steered the Dragons away from postseason success in 2009-10, Coach Nelson turned his sights on a full season with his new team and a lineup he could call his own.
“I was very comfortable with the senior class I had coming in with Brady Schneeberger as the returning regional champ, Tallen Wald as a 2009 national qualifier and captain, Evan Forde who had a full year of varsity experience under his belt and HWT Jon Swart getting to give 100% to wrestling now that he was done with football,” Nelson said. “I feel all these wrestlers have the ability to be national qualifiers and All-Americans when they are wrestling at their best.”
One thing each senior shares with one another is facing the best wrestlers in the upper midwest year after year. The mental and physical toll each wrestler has paid has meant a great deal to Nelson.
“It is great to see student athletes follow through with the commitment they made to be part of a program,” Nelson said. “Many times juggling academics and athletics gets to be too much and the individual begins to struggle in one area either athletically or academically and these four seniors have done a great job of balancing the two.”
“They are all very dedicated and committed to the sport of wrestling and it is very nice to see them all make it five years. Wrestling can become a real grind both physically and mentally and these four have continued to work hard day in and day out in the room to reach their goals. “
On any given night, each senior has sometimes less than seven minutes to show the fans how hard the hours of practice, weight-lifting and studying of opponents has paid off. While the fans watch intensely, or for Jon Swart‘s mother Cathy Swart very intensely, they see the product while Nelson see’s the end result of what so often goes unnoticed.
“What goes unnoticed is the hard work they put in everyday in the room and also staying on top of their diet plan, well besides Jon,” Nelson said. “These four lead by example and are also helping groom the younger wrestlers for their days when they become the starters. Outside of wrestling these four do a great job of getting the team together for outings and keeping the team comrade close.”
Among some of the unnoticed things fans don’t see is the personal struggles each wrestler faces on and off the mat. Nelson believes a big strength of this team is the support they give each other, especially this senior class.
“The nice thing about having seniors is that more than likely they have been through a similar situation or help deal with a similar situation that someone may be going through,” Nelson said. When asked what the toughest thing to replace about these four seniors, Nelson summed it all up in one word, experience.
“These seniors have all been in their starting position for two to four years and that will be hard to replace,” Nelson said. “Competing is the best way to get better at a sport and find out what your strengths and weaknesses are and all these seniors have wrestled in a lot of tournaments and dual competitions. We will be looking to see which of our younger wrestlers will step up and try and make a name for themselves.”
EVAN FORDE – FARGO, N.D. – 133 POUNDS
As a group there is no denying the impact of these seniors as a whole, but each wrestler in their own right has left his mark on an already historic wrestling program. Evan Forde is probably most known around the program for his leadership style, a style that makes coaching that much easier.
“Evan does a great job of keeping the team relaxed but at the same time is serious when it gets down to match time, Nelson said. “Evan is a very hard worker who is always looking to get better technically and does a great job of coaching and teaching the technique he knows onto the other wrestlers on the team. The team refers to Evan as Grandpa Forde.”
“I do not probably know all the reasons why they call him that, but I am sure some of them have to do with being a senior and having all the experience that he has not only had on the mat but off the mat. Some of the guys kid about how Evan is always giving advice and looking out for their well being. Evan is very easy for the wrestlers to talk with and for us coaches to talk with and he has been real fun to coach for the two years I have been with him.”
For each person who has gotten to know Evan, there are two who know his dad, Lynn. Both are known for making themselves heard, which for Nelson comes as no surprise.
“Doesn’t surprise me at all,” Nelson said. “Looking back on Evan’s career and watching him in high school he was even very vocal then. Evan could same day be a great coach if he decides to go in that direction, but I could see him getting a lot of warnings from the referee if he decides to go that route. Like Father like Son.”
BRADY SCHNEEBERGER – ELBOW LAKE MINN. – 141 POUNDS
Last year’s NCAA Super-III Regional saw nine of the 10 No. 1 seed’s claim the top spot, while Brady Schneeberger shocked many spectators as the No. 6 seed when he won the 141 pound championship.
“He wrestled hard and never gave up in any of his matches in last years regional tournament,” Nelson said. “He continued to put points on the scoreboard and never stalled or coasted in any of his matches. Brady went into the tournament last year unseeded and showed that seeds do not matter. He knows that whoever steps out on the mat against him he needs to beat in order to be the regional champ, you are going to have to beat a tough guy somewhere along in the tournament and it doesn’t matter to Brady if it is in the first round or in the finals.”
After becoming the champion, pinning the eventual national champion in the finals, Nelson spared no words in backing his champion.
“Brady has the ability to beat anyone in Division II wrestling when he is at his best,” Nelson said. “I have told the wrestlers all season long that the regional and national tournament is what matters most and that the season isn’t measured by the how you start but is by how you finish. Brady proved last year that he is a gamer and I see him doing it again this year!”
Nelson has remarked that keeping Schneeberger out of the lineup when he was less than 100 percent was his most difficult decision, but Nelson still notes it was harder on the Elbow Lake native.
“It has been really hard keeping Brady out of the lineup, not only has it been hard on us as coaches and teammates but it has been a lot harder on Brady,” Nelson said. “Brady is a competitor and is a dangerous wrestler, and wherever he ends up seeded in the regional tournament I have full confidence in him.”
TALLEN WALD – MONTEVIDEO, MINN. – 157 POUNDS
With out a doubt, the one wrestler opponents, fans, coaches, spectators, officials and statisticians all have to keep their eyes on is Tallen Wald. Wald has what some may call a “controlled frenzy” style, a style that has grown on Nelson.
“Tallen is a brawler and I always know that he is going to be very physical when he steps out on the mat,” Nelson said. “Him and I have had a few occasions where we were not seeing eye to eye about being a little too physical on the mat. There have been times where I have told him to cool it but as a coach you want your wrestlers to be intense and have a presence and that is something Tallen definitely has.”
“Tallen is the guy that if you were in trouble you would want him in your corner or on your side. Off the mat Tallen is a pretty laid back guy in the two years I have known him.” It is clear when Tallen speaks, people listen. One reason Tallen is a captain and he is not afraid to call out teammates if they are not working hard and doing their part to make the program better.
Tallen has shown that anything can and will happen. Wald showed last year that when opponents are not allowed to slow up, he can handle anyone, which led him to the national tournament in 2009.
JON SWART – FARGO, N.D. – HEAVYWEIGHT
Of the seniors, the comeback story belongs to Jon Swart. Swart made a name for himself as a four year football standout. While he gained recognition on the field, on the mat he suffered for it, going 3-15 last year at 197 pounds. Nelson knows that this year Swart has shown how perseverance pays off.
“I think having Jon wrestle at 197 last year was a coaching mistake and that heavyweight is a much better weight class for Jon’s style,” Nelson said. “Instead of struggling to maintain his weight this year Jon has been able to concentrate on getting better at technique and concentrate on wrestling. Jon is very athletic and well conditioned and as a wrestler he wins a lot of matches on his conditioning alone.”
Conditioning pays off, especially when fans are treated to Jon’s matches, which on occasion have been known to need more than the standard seven minutes. Nelson has preached to wrestlers to score early and often, while Swart prefers the end. For Nelson, it’s a style that has made him uneasy at times.
“Jon has got most of his takedowns in the 3rd period or in OT this year, which has really provided the crowd with some exciting, matches but drove me nuts,” Nelson said. Swart has taken on the best that Division-II has to offer, going toe to toe with the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked heavyweights in the nation.
For these wrestlers, Senior Night is more than hearing their name called or handing flowers to parents, it’s a chance to show once more what they are made of. For Coach Nelson, it’s a chance to recognize one final time his appreciation for all they have done.
“These four seniors have been great to coach and I hope they finish off their careers feeling good about everything they accomplished,” Nelson said. “I hope they have been working their hardest and can look back on their senior season and not have any regrets and wish they would have set more goals or been more dedicated.”
“Something I always tell the freshmen is that college goes by pretty quick and you need to take advantage of every opportunity you are given. Most people are done with sports after high school and not given the opportunity to compete in college if you are one of the lucky ones who have been given that opportunity you need to take advantage of it and do the best job you can. I hope these seniors feel that they did the best job they could do and the only person that knows that for sure is themselves.”
“I believe these seniors will always be supporters of the program and hope to continue seeing them in the future at duals, regional tournaments and national tournaments. The sport isn’t always about winning and losing but making memories, creating relationships with families, teammates, fans and opposing wrestlers that will last a lifetime. If you can win and do this then you will really have fun!”
MSUM Dragons Upset No. 10 Peacocks!
Forde, Dragons Upset No. 10 Peacocks On Senior Night
MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Dragons dual season came to a close Thursday night when they took on the No. 10 ranked Upper Iowa Peacocks at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The Dragons honored seniors Evan Forde, Brady Schneeberger, Tallen Wald and Jon Swart before the dual. The Dragons rallied late and upset the No. 10 Peacocks in the season finale 25-17.
The dual started out at 157 pounds with senior Tallen Wald taking on Winston Robbins. Wald scored a pair of takedowns in the first against Robbins who countered with one escape. Robbins added one more escape in the second period but Wald put the match out of reach with a reversal just 27 seconds from the final buzzer, winning 6-2.
Tyler Kivel kept things going for the Dragons, matching up against the Peacocks’ Bryce Lumzy. Lumzy scored a takedown just 10 seconds into the match but Kivel reversed Lumzy’s attack two minutes later to end the first tied 2-2. Lumzy scored an escaped but was called for a potentially dangerous hold, awarding a tying point to Kivel.
With the match deadlocked at three a piece, Kivel scored an escape to take a 4-3 lead with only 1:27 remaining. With only four seconds left, Kivel put away the match for good, earning a takedown to give him a 6-3 lead. The Peacocks went on a run from there, rattling off wins from 174 pounds up till heavyweight, but forfeited at 125 pounds to lead the Dragons 18-12.
Senior Evan Forde tangled with No. 4 Kyle Pedretti at 133 pounds with the Dragons needing a win to climb closer to the Peacocks. Forde and Pedretti each earned escapes and were dead-locked at 133 pounds with less than one minute remaining. Neither wrestler gained a decisive point and went into sudden victory overtime. In overtime, Forde gained a takedown 30 seconds into the first overtime to upset Pedretti to win 3-1.
With the Dragons in need of a win, they turned to another senior, Brady Schneeberger met up with with Steven Baker at 141 pounds. With Schneeberger leading 13-7, Baker was unable to continue, giving Schneeberger the medical forfeit win. The win pushed the Dragons ahead 21-17 with one match remaining.
With the dual on the line, the night came down to 149 pounds and the Dragons’ Tyler Steinwand and the Peacocks’ Colby Kriegel. Steinwand gave the Dragons a strong chance after the first period, gaining an escape and a pair of takedowns.
After Steinwand escaped in the second, he took down Kriegel with 32 seconds remaining to give himself an 8-3 lead after two. Steinwand put the match away with a pair of takedowns in the third to win by a 13-4 major decision. The Dragons upset the No. 10 Upper Iowa Peacocks by a final of 25-17. SeniorJon Swart left the heavyweight match and lost by a medical forfeit decision.
The Dragons finish 8-8 on the season and 3-4 in the NSIC. The Dragons home stand on the season finishes at 5-2.
MSU-Moorhead 25, Upper Iowa 17
125: Corey Ulmer (MSU) Forfeit (UI)
133: Evan Forde (MSU) DEC Kyle Pedretti (UI) 3 – 1
141: Brady Schneeberger (MSU) med forfeit Steven Baker (UI)
149: Tyler Steinwand (MSU) MD Colby Kriegel (UI) 13 – 4
157: Tallen Wald (MSU) DEC Winston Robbins (UI) 6 – 2
165: Tyler Kivel (MSU) DEC Bryce Lumzy (UI) 6 – 3
174: Mark Mueller (UI) DEC Trent Sovde (MSU) 10 – 4
184: Mitch Schultz (UI) TF5 Jacob Mclean (MSU) 15 – 0 (5:00)
197: Carl Broghammer (UI) MD Brian Woelfel (MSU) 9 – 0
285: Zach Rosol (UI) med forfeit Jon Swart (MSU)
Upper Iowa -1 pt unsportsman like at 133
MOORHEAD, Minn. – During the 2009 offseason, the Dragons new era under new head coach Kris Nelson began with a few other new faces, including an unpolished transfer from neighboring NCAA Division-I North Dakota State Brady Schneeberger. By the end of the 2009-10 season, the Dragons had a true champion who has one more step to take in his collegiate career.
Brady came to the Bison after posting 184 career wins at West Central Area High School, including a Class A championship in 2006. As a freshman, Schneeberger posted 12 wins but only competed in five matches as a sophomore. Looking to prove himself Brady jumped the Red River, joining former assistant coach Nelson as new members of the Dragons.
Schneeberger posted an even 17-17 record, including winning eight of his first 10 matches. After hitting a rut following his first Dragon Open as a member of MSUM, Schneeberger caught fire in February, topping it all off with a classic confrontation with then No. 1 ranked Jay Sherer from Augustana.
Schneeberger, given the sixth seed in the regionals, became the only wrestler not given the top seed to become the regional champion by pinning Sherer with 15 seconds remaining in regulation. At the time, it was proof that where someone is at the beginning means nothing in the end.
“Last year was an up and down year for me but heading into the regionals I knew I could match up with everyone,” Schneeberger said. ”I never counted myself out even though a lot of people did.“ The season ended at nationals as Brady came up short, but watching how it all ended fueled the drive with in the regional champion for his last season.
“After watching Jay [Sherer] head to nationals and become national champion after I just beat him really hurt, Schneeberger said. “After that I knew that if he could do it, there is no reason why I can’t make it to the top myself.” Schneeberger once again beat the odds this season, by defeating Jay Sherer once again on the national champions’ home mat.
While knowing he had control of each outcome match in and match out, sitting on the sidelines following an injury sustained at a dual at Mary University was a tougher sight to bear.
“It was really tough on me,” Schneeberger said. “Up until that point I was feeling really good and felt like I was starting to peak then that had to happen. It was really hard to sit on the sidelines and watch all those close duals, knowing I could have been that guy that could’ve made the difference.”
With the region now expanding to 11 teams, the road only got tougher for Schneeberger. The long awaited respect for Schneeberger was shown after he broke into the national rankings, where he currently sits at No. 3 in the nation. Schneeberger is out to prove he belongs as one of the NCAA’s elite. Part of that means going through a gauntlet schedule.
“When you get to nationals you’re wrestling the best every single match,” Schneeberger said. “If you have a weak schedule you’re not going to be prepared for that. I won’t be doubting myself because I’ve gone up against some of the toughest wrestlers in the country.” Part of Brady’s dedication is attributed to his parents, Dean and Gail Schneeberger.
“They’ve been making it to just about every match since I started back in second grade,” Schneeberger said. “Now I’m in my fifth year of college wrestling and they are still right there. I don’t know what they are going to do after this is all over.”
Schneeberger has lead his teammates by a quiet example, but when the post season arrives, his last order of business will be capturing that national championship and once again, silencing his critics.
MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team finishes the dual season with an NSIC showdown against No. 10 Upper Iowa Peacocks on Thursday. The Dragons will showcase their annual Senior Night to honor seniors Evan Forde, Brady Schneeberger, Tallen Wald and Jon Swart.
The Dragons are currently on a three-dual winning streak, which includes wins over Minot State (N.D.), Northern State (S.D.) and Dickinson State (N.D.). The Dragons currently reside one spot outside the top-20 rankings despite winning three of the last four duals since the previous polls were released on Feb. 3.
The Dragons are lead by two ranked wrestlers, Corey Ulmer who leads the Dragons with 20 wins, one short of his win total from last season. Ulmer currently is ranked third in the nation at 125 pounds, one spot behind his opponent Thursday night, Trevor Franklin. Also ranked No. 3 is senior Brady Schneeberger at 141 pounds.
Schneeberger became ranked No. 6 in the nation after defeating Augustana’s (S.D.) Jay Sherer, last year’s NCAA Division-II National Champion, for the second straight time on Jan. 15. Since then Schneeberger has moved up three spots and is 1-1 since returning to the mat on Feb. 10 after missing three weeks of action.
After getting thwarted by Minnesota State Mankato, the Peacocks have gone 2-2, including losses in their last two duals against Augustana and St. Cloud State. The Peacocks currently hold a 5-5 record (3-3 NSIC) on the season but are 1-2 away from Fayette, Iowa.
Almost all of the Peacocks upper weights currently hold a national ranking with Mark Meuller (174 pounds), Mitch Schultz (184 pounds) and Carl Broghammer (197 pounds) all sitting at the last ranking, No. 8 in the nation. In all, six Peacocks have a spot in the national rankings, including heavyweight Zach Rosol (No. 4) and 133-pounder Kyle Pedretti (No. 4).
The dual’s biggest match up puts Upper Iowa’s Trevor Franklin (No. 2) against the Dragons’ Corey Ulmer (No. 3) at 125 pounds. Franklin and Ulmer met at the Brute-Adidas Auggie Open at the University of Augsburg back on Nov. 20 in a match that came down to the wire. Ulmer will look to avenge his four-point championship loss and match his win total from 2009-10.
Seniors Evan Forde (Fargo, N.D.), Brady Schneeberger (Elbow Lake, Minn.), Tallen Wald (Montevideo, Minn.) and Jon Swart (Fargo, N.D.) will be honored Thursday night prior to the dual. Forde and Wald were both named team captains coming into this season with Wald returning as one of the national qualifiers from 2009. The four seniors have totalled 55 wins as a group so far this season, all with .500 records or better in the NSIC.
The dual is set to begin at 7 p.m. inside Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The Dragons will send a starter from each weight class to the NCAA Division-II Super III Regionals on Feb. 27 in Sioux Falls, S.D. on the campus of Augustana College.
Dragons Finish Off Bluehawks 22-13
MOORHEAD, Minn. – The No. 20 ranked Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons wrestling team finished their non-conference schedule with a dual against the No. 14 NAIA Dickinson State Bluehawks at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse on Monday. The Dragons’ strong start held its own as the Bluehawks ran out of time, falling to the Dragons by a final of 22-13.
No. 3 ranked 125-pounder Corey Ulmer started off the dual with a rematch against the Bluehawks’ Sergio Martinez. Ulmer got on the offense early with a takedown a minute into the dual. Ulmer escaped right away in the second and returned with a takedown midway through the second period.
Ulmer matched Martinez’ takedowns with a pair of escapes and finished with 2:48 of riding time for an 8-4 decision to give the Dragons a 3-0 lead. Redshirt Senior Evan Forde kept the momentum going strong for the Dragons, taking on Kevin Hansen at 133 pounds.
Forde gained a pair of takedowns along with a two-point near fall midway through the opening period. With time running out in the second, Forde took down Hansen once again to give himself an 8-1 lead. Forde put away Hansen for good in the third with a pair of takedowns. Forde’s last takedown proved to be crucial as he gained a pin fall with only 12 seconds remaining for a pin fall win, putting the Dragons up 9-0.
Tyler Steinwand regained control of the dual for the Dragons at 149 pounds, facing off against Jordan Ewen. Steinwand opened up the match trading a trio of takedowns with Ewen’s escapes to give himself a 6-3 lead heading into the final period. In the third Steinwand gained two more points with an escape and a penalty point to secure an 8-3 decision, putting the Dragons lead up to eight at 12-4.
No. 7 ranked 157-pounder Tallen Wald opened up the Dragons lead further when he took on Brad Steele, the Bluehawks normal 149-pounder. Wald started the match with a takedown 37 seconds into the period, gaining a two-point near fall with 43 seconds remaining.
In the second period, Wald reversed Steele and gained a two-point near fall, giving him an 8-0 lead. In the third, Wald secured the major decision, taking down Steele for the last time en route to an 11-1 win.
Tyler Kivel kept things going for the Dragons, taking on Nick Zumwalt at 165 pounds. Kivel countered Zumwalt’s takedown with an escape in both the first and second periods. In the third, Kivel fell behind 3-2 after Zumwalt escaped to begin the period. With time running out on Kivel, the 165-pounder took down Zumwalt and nearly pinned him, gaining a near fall to win by a final of 6-3.
In the 197-pound match, Brian Woelfel met with George Hargrove with the Dragons up 19-10. Hargrove took down Woelfel to begin the match but Woelfel countered with a takedown in the first period, posting a second escape in the second to tie up Hargove 2-2 entering the third.
With the match coming to an end and Woelfel trailing 3-2 following a Hargrove escape, Hargove was penalized for fleeing, sending the match into sudden victory overtime with the dual on the line. In the second overtime period, both wrestlers gained escapes to be even up at 4-4. In the third overtime, Hargrove brought the Bluehawks with in range of the Dragons with a late takedown to bring cut the Dragons’ lead to 19-13.
With the Bluehawks needing a pin fall to tie the Dragons, senior heavyweight Jon Swart took on Cody Jamgaard. Jamgaard opened up the match with a takedown 52 seconds into the match while Swart escaped eight seconds later to cut Jamgaard’s lead in half 2-1.
After a scoreless second period, Swart chose the down position looking to even up the score. Swart escaped 15 seconds into the third with the score tied 2-2. Midway through the third, Swart jumped ahead with a pair of takedowns that secured the win by a final of 6-3. The decision gave the Dragons a 22-13 win to close out their non-conference schedule.
The Dragons move up to 7-8 while improving their home record to 4-2. The Dragons finish up with their conference schedule on Thursday night when they take on the Upper Iowa Peacocks at 7 p.m. inside Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The dual with be the Dragons’ senior night where they will honor senior’sEvan Forde (133 pounds), Brady Schneeberger (141 pounds), Tallen Wald (157 pounds) and Jon Swart (heavyweight).
February 14, 2011
MSU-Moorhead 22 Dickinson State 13
125: Corey Ulmer (MSU) DEC Sergio Martinez (DS) 8-4
133: Evan Forde (MSU) FALL Kevin Hansen (DS) 6:68
141: Adam Orton (DS) MD Connor MacGregor (MSU) 13-3
149: Tyler Steinwand (MSU) DEC Jordan Ewen (DS) 8-3
157: Tallen Wald (MSU) MD Brad Steele (DS) 11-1
165: Tyler Kivel (MSU) DEC Nick Zumwalt (DS) 6-3
174: Brady Burgess (DS) DEC Trent Sovde (MSU) 5-2
184: Steven Urquizo (DS) DEC Jacob Mclean (MSU) 9-3
197: George Hargrove (DS) DEC Brian Woelfel (MSU) 6-4
285: Jon Swart (MSU) DEC Cody Jamgaard (DS) 6-3