Mustangs add six more signees for 2020-21 season

MARSHALL, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University head wrestling coach Jesse Nelson announced the signing of six student-athletes who will continue their academic and wrestling careers at SMSU.

The six newcomers joining the 2020-21 roster include Nye Becker (Browerville, Minn.), Isaac Dixon (Spirit Lake, Iowa), Miles Fitzgerald (Dunnell, Minn.), Tallin Johnson (St. James, Minn.), Caleb Pesta (Long Prairie, Minn.) and Luke Peterson (Farmington, Minn.).

The six signings join Jace Paplow from Dundee, Minn., who signed with SMSU this past November.

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NWCA Division II Coaches Group Announces 2020 All-America Teams

Manheim, PA – The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced the 2020 Division II All-American teams. Each year the NWCA recognizes the outstanding work of the DII Student-athletes by naming the All-Americans based on their achievements in the national championship, however, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic the championships were canceled.

All-American honors were based on each wrestler’s overall body of work through the super-regional tournaments and up to the national championships.

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2019-20 NSIC Winter All-Academic Teams Announced

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced that 50 wrestlers have earned NSIC All-Academic honors for the 2019-20 winter athletic season; 22 wrestlers were named to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence, while 28 earned NSIC All-Academic Team honors.

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NCAA Update on COVID-19 and the NCAA DII and DIII Wrestling Championships

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and the NCAA COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and NCAA President Mark Emmert’s discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, the decision has been made to conduct upcoming championship events with only essential staff and limited family attendance.

This includes the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the Division III Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday and Saturday.

Both tournaments will be streamed live on ncaa.com.

Mustang’s Ryan receives preliminary round draw

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The NCAA Division II wrestling committee has announced the brackets for the 2020 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D. The two-day championship will be held on March 14-15 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

Southwest Minnesota State University’s 197-pounder, Jackson Ryan, will compete in the preliminary round facing Wade French (23-3) from Chadron State.

Ryan, a native of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., went 3-1 last weekend at the NCAA Super Regional V in his first appearance. Ryan, who earned a medical red-shirt last season after sustaining an injury to his knee.

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Mustangs’ Ryan earns spot at NCAA Championships with third place finish at Super Regional V

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Southwest Minnesota State senior Jackson Ryan won three of four matches to claim third place at 197 pounds and earn a spot at the NCAA Championships during the 10-team NCAA Super Region V Championships inside the Sioux Falls Arena on Saturday.

The top three finishers in each of the 10 weight classes advance to the NCAA Championships on March 13-14 at the Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Ryan won his first bout of the day at 197 pounds earning a 5-0 victory over Augustana’s Daniel Bishop in the quarterfinals. He lost in the championship semifinals by a 12-1 score to No. 1 ranked Nick Baumler from Upper Iowa, but came back with a 4-1 victory over 10th ranked Matt Blome from Minnesota State. Ryan then punched his ticket to nationals with a thrilling 7-5 rematch victory over Bishop to claim third place.

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