Augustana 39, Southwest Minnesota State 6

No. 10 Augustana Wrestling Defeats No. 25 SMSU in Afternoon Dual

SIOUX FALLS, S.D–Augustana wrestling defeated Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday at the Elmen Center. The Vikings earned 39 team points in the dual, holding No. 25 SMSU to six team points. AU, ranked No. 10 in the nation, moves to 4-3 overall and 4-0 in NSIC action.

No. 5 Jaxson Rohman, competing at 125 pounds, picked up the first victory of the dual with an 18-5 major decision win. Rohman recorded seven takedowns and earned three penalty points in the win.

At 133 pounds, Jack Huffman recorded a fall at 1:52 to log the second victory of the dual for Augustana. The quick victory pushes Huffman, who is nationally ranked at No. 7, to an overall record of 11-1.

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SMSU vs. Upper Iowa on Friday canceled

MARSHALL, Minn. – Officials from Southwest Minnesota State University and the Upper Iowa announced today that the SMSU versus Upper Iowa wrestling match scheduled for this Friday in Marshall has been canceled due to COVID-19 testing protocols.

SMSU, 0-1 overall, will next be in action on Saturday, Jan. 15, traveling to Augustana in Sioux Falls, S.D., with the match scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

Mustangs cancel trip to National Duals

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling program will not be traveling to Louisville, Ky., for the National Duals on Thursday and Friday due to COVID-19 testing protocols.

SMSU, 0-1 overall, will next be in action on Friday, Jan. 14, welcoming Upper Iowa to the PE Gym for its home opener at 7 p.m.

NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – December 31, 2021

MANHEIM, PA – The University of Central Oklahoma held onto the top spot in NCAA Division II Wrestling to close out the 2021 calendar year, as announced in the NWCA Division II Coaches Poll released Friday, Dec. 31.

The #1 Bronchos widened their lead on the rest of the field, topping #2 St. Cloud State by 18 points, with UCO amassing 104 total points behind seven ranked wrestlers- including three #1s. The three-time defending National Champion Huskies took the two-spot with 86 points, with McKendree (70), West Liberty (67), and Nebraska-Kearney (62) rounding out D2’s top five.

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Northern State 24, Southwest Minnesota State 19

Mustangs battle to the end, fall to Northern State

ABERDEEN, S.D.- The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (0-1, 0-1 NSIC) competed in its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home dual of the 2021-22 season, suffering a 24-19 loss against Northern State (2-1, 1-1 NSIC) in Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, S.D., on Friday night.

The dual opened at 125 pounds, with Ben Emrich taking on Landon Fischer. Fischer was in the driver seat through this entire match earning a 5-2 decision. Hunter Pfantz would get the Mustangs on the board at 133, trailing 6-0 before marching back to tie the match at 6-6 before picking up a riding point to win 7-6. Luke Peterson would battle at 141, falling by decision 7-4.

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Mustangs open dual season at Northern State

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team hits the mat for their first dual of the season on Friday, traveling to Aberdeen, S.D., to take on Northern State at 7 p.m.

MUSTANGS IN THE RANKINGS: A pair of Mustangs find themselves ranked inside the top 16 of the InterMat Wrestling DII National Rankings, updated Dec. 8 … After another 3-0 day to finish first at the Auggie Open on Nov. 20, Jackson Stauffacher jumped up one spot to No. 15 at 125 pounds … Caden Steffen stayed steady at the fourth spot at 184 pounds following a 3-0 weekend … Steffen is also ranked sixth in the NWCA Coaches poll, released Dec. 3.

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Nine Mustangs place as open season wraps up in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team closed its open schedule with nine place winners and a pair of first-place finishers at the Dragon Open in Moorhead, Minn., hosted by MSU Moorhead.

For the second consecutive open, Jackson Stauffacher would go 3-0 and place first at 125 pounds. He won a pair of matches by fall in the first round, defeating Julian Perez of North Dakota State in 1:47 in the quarterfinals and capping off his day defeating Landen Fischer of Northern State in 1:49 in the first-place match. He is now 6-0 to start the season, including a pair of first-place finishes.

Caden Steffen returned to the mat with an undefeated day at 184, finishing first after winning by tech fall in the quarterfinals, a 6-1 decision in the semifinals, and a 12-1 major decision in the finals. Steffen moves his record to 8-1, with his lone loss coming by injury default.

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