SMSU travels to Buena Vista Open this Saturday

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team prepares to travel to the Buena Vista Open this Saturday in Storm Lake, Iowa, to compete in the fourth open of the season.

SMSU head coach Jesse Nelson is expecting 18 wrestlers to compete during the open which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

The Mustangs (0-1, 0-1 NSIC) opened the conference season on Nov. 20 to face defending national champions, St. Cloud State.

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Mustangs ready for Augsburg Open on Saturday

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team returns to the mat this Saturday competing at the Augsburg University Auggie-Adidas Invite at Si Melby Hall in Minneapolis.

SMSU head coach Jesse Nelson is expecting 16 wrestlers to compete during the open which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

The Mustangs (0-1, 0-1 NSIC) opened the conference season on Nov. 20 to face defending national champions, St. Cloud State.

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St. Cloud State 42, Southwest Minnesota State 0

St. Cloud State wrestling rolls to 42-0 victory over SMSU

The #2 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team (4-0, 1-0 NSIC) opened its 2019 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season with a big 42-0 victory over Southwest Minnesota State University on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in St. Cloud, Minn. at Halenbeck Hall.

Before a large Military Appreciation/Youth Night crowd, the Huskies dominated the match from start to finish as SCSU charted three falls on the night along with three major decisions to earn the league shutout.

The evening opened with a 16-3 major decision victory at 141-pounds by SCSU’s #11 Garrett Aldrich over SMSU’s Justin Sampson. In the second match of the night, #2 James Pleski posted a 5-2 decision win over Robert Shields of SMSU at 149-pounds.

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SMSU opens conference season at St. Cloud State

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team will open the dual conference season traveling to St. Cloud State (3-0) on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. start time in Halenbeck Hall.

Wednesday’s dual against St. Cloud is the dual opener for SMSU while SCSU has earned three dual victories over non-conference opponents at the 2019 Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. on Nov. 9.

SMSU NOTES: SMSU competed in two opens prior to the conference opener in which SMSU placed four at the RCTC Yellowjacket Open and Cole Hennen led the way at the Dakota Wesleyan Open, placing first and was one of seven SMSU wrestlers to place.

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Hennen takes first while SMSU places seven at DWO

MITCHELL, S.D. – Southwest Minnesota State’s Cole Hennen took first place going 4-0 at the Dakota Wesleyan Open on Saturday to lead the Mustangs as SMSU places seven total in the second open of the 2019-20 season.

Hennen, who wrestled 184, went 4-0 after opening the first championship round with a win by fall at 1:08, over Jeremiah Glise from Briar Cliff, before earning two wins by decision in the quarter and semifinal bouts against Tanner Stamper-Smith who wrestled unattached, and over Zach Peterson from Augustana. In the first-place match, Hennen earned a win by major decision over Joseph Reimers from Kearney Nebraska to complete his perfect outing at the open.

Seasoned senior Andrew Petersen wrestled heavyweight to earn a second-place finish going 3-1 on the day. Petersen cruised into the first-place match with three wins by decision before suffering a win by fall at 0:57 by Steven Hajas from Augustana.

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