SMSU announces signing class for 2019-20

MARSHALL, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University head wrestling coach Jesse Nelson announced today the addition of 10 student-athletes for the 2019-20 season.

Signing letters of intent to continue their academic and wrestling career at SMSU include Jacob Backlund from Jordan, Minn., Lucas Hodges from Cottonwood, Minn., Sean Howk from New Ulm, Minn., Wyatt Kramer from Holland, Ind., Dillon McEachran from Faribault, Minn., Carter Marx from Planview, Minn., Tyler Soltau from Zumbrota, Minn., Jackson Stauffacher from Belle Plaine, Minn., and Elijah Sterner from Cottonwood, Minn.

Kramer officially signed in February and will also play football at SMSU. Nelson also announced that German Fitzgerald from Milwaukee, Wis., will join the wrestling team after spending one season as a member of the SMSU football program.

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Three Mustang seniors named to NWCA All-Academic team

MANHEIM, Pa. – A total of three Southwest Minnesota State University senior wrestling student-athletes have been named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic team for the 2018-19 season.

SMSU’s honorees include seniors Cortez Arredondo from West St. Paul, Minn., Zach Beaumaster from Big Lake, Minn., and Griffin Osing from Blakesburg, Iowa.

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SMSU wrestlers honored with Academic All-NSIC

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has announced the 2018-19 Winter All-Academic team with five Southwest Minnesota State University wrestlers being recognized.

To be eligible for the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence, a student-athlete must have a 3.60 cumulative GPA or higher, while NSIC All-Academic Team members must have a 3.20 cumulative GPA or higher.

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Osing and Arredondo close chapter at NCAA DII NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships

INDIANAPOLIS – Southwest Minnesote State’s seniors Cortez Arredondo and Griffin Osing closed their careers on Friday afternoon at the 2019 NCAA DII Championships at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio., hosted by Ashland University and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

Osing, a 184-pound senior from Blakesburg, Iowa, and a 2014 graduate of Albia High School, earned a 6-5 decision victory in the first round over Pittsburg-Johnstown’s Brock Biddle. He then fell by decision 4-1 in the quarterfinal and fell 4-1 Jeff Reimel from Kutztown.

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