SMSU heads to Aberdeen for Super Regional V Tournament

MARSHALL Minn.- The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team will compete at the NCAA Super Regional V Tournament this Saturday starting at 12 p.m. inside Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, S.D.

The NCAA Super Regional Tournament V features all 10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference teams. The top two finishers at each weight class, along with five wild card positions, will qualify for the NCAA Championships. The wild cards will be voted on Saturday night by the 10 head coaches. The NCAA Championships will be held at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Mo., starting on Friday, March 12, and running through Saturday, March 13.

The Super Regional V tournament will have three teams that as of Feb. 19, ranked in the Top 25 according to the NWCA Rankings. St. Cloud State, the 2019 NCAA Champions enter tournament ranked No. 3 in the country, behind Nebraska-Kearney and Lindenwood. Minnesota State is ranked No. 11, UW-Parkside is ranked No. 13, while Upper Iowa is ranked No. 21. UMary, Northern State, Augustana, Minot State, SMSU and MSU Moorhead all received votes for the national poll.

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – February 19, 2021

Manheim, PA – There is a new #1 in the NCAA Division II wrestling world heading into Super Regionals, with Nebraska-Kearney jumping from #3 to the #1 spot in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II Rankings, released Friday morning by the Association.

The Lopers moved to the top spot with 92 total points behind nine ranked wrestlers, with the only weight class not featuring a Nebraska-Kearney wrestler being heavyweight. Matt Malcom leads the ranked Lopers, sitting atop the 165 weight class. The nine ranked UNK wrestlers are also most by any team in the poll, with #4 Gannon also putting nine wrestlers in the individual rankings.

Lindenwood moved into the #2 spot with 78 total points, with previous top-ranked St. Cloud State in the three-spot with 73 points. Gannon (65 points) and McKendree (64 points) held their rankings at #4 and #5, respectively, while Central Oklahoma, Ashland, West Liberty, Adams State and Mercyhurst round out the top 10.

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Southwest Minnesota State 17, Minot State 20

SMSU falls short against Minot State in a close 20-17 defeat

MINOT N.D.- Southwest Minnesota State (1-4, 1-4 NSIC) battled against Minot State (1-5, 1-4 NSIC) in its final NSIC dual for the 2020-21 regular season. Minot State secured the victory by earning a fall at 285 to put the Beavers ahead 20-17 in the final match of the night.

The dual started at 125 with Ben Emrich losing a 10-1 major decision against Oscar Nellis. SMSU would answer right back a major decision of its own at 133 with Jackson Stauffacher winning 24-11, tying the team score at four.

At 141, MSU’s Lincoln Stormer would earn a 12-7 decision over Justin Sampson, Luke Peterson, however, would earn a clutch 16-4 major decision at 149 for SMSU giving them the lead 8-7.

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SMSU takes on Minot State in the final NSIC dual of the season

MARSHALL Minn.- The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (1-3, 1-3 NSIC) will return to action for the final week of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference duals on Thursday, Feb. 11, going up against Minot State (0-5, 0-4 NSIC) at 7 p.m. in the MSU Dome in Minot, N.D.

SERIES HISTORY: SMSU holds an 8-2 advantage over the Minot State in a series that started in 1970. The Mustangs won last year’s match-up against the Beavers 22-15 and have won seven of the last eight matches. The two losses SMSU has against MSU have been on the road, including the last match in Minot on Feb. 9, 2019.

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NWCA NCAA DII Rankings – February 5, 2021

Manheim, PA – St. Cloud State remains atop the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II Coaches Rankings, in the newest edition of the poll released Friday by the Association.

The Huskies tallied 100 total points behind seven wrestlers ranked in the #12 in their respective weight classes, with three of those student-athletes sitting at #1 individually. Nebraska-Kearney retained the #2 spot with a poll-high nine ranked individuals.

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Southwest Minnesota State 16, Northern State 18

SMSU falls against Northern State in close 18-16 defeat

MARSHALL Minn.- The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (1-3, 1-3 NSIC) competed in its last Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home dual of the 2020-21 season, suffering an 18-16 loss against Northern State (4-0, 4-0 NSIC) in the PE Gym Thursday night.

With SMSU being allowed to have fans back on campus, the Mustangs celebrated “Senior Night” honoring the team’s lone senior, Jackson Ryan. He would earn his 77th career victory in Thursday night’s dual with a 4-2 decision taking his overall record to 77-50 and making him a perfect 4-0 on the season.

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SMSU to host NSU in its final home dual

MARSHALL Minn.- The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (1-2, 1-2 NSIC) will return to action Thursday night in its last home dual, facing Northern State (3-0, 3-0 NSIC), the “extra” matches beginning at 6 p.m. with the official NSIC matches starting at 7 p.m. in the PE Gym.

SMSU leads the all-time series at 29-10-3, in a series started in the 1979-80. SMSU is 4-1 in the last five matches with the Wolves last victory coming in the 2018-19 season.

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Augustana 29 Southwest Minnesota State 12

Vikings Win Big at SMSU

MARSHALL, Minn. — The Augustana wrestling team moved to 2-2 on the season Thursday night with a convincing 29-12 dual victory over Southwest Minnesota State. The Vikings defeated the Mustangs in seven of the 10 matches.

After a forfeit in the 125 pound bout, senior Brandon Carroll wasted no time in evening up the dual score with a pin over his opponent halfway through the second period of the 133 pound match. Tied 6-6, sophomore Jack Huffman took the mat at 141 pounds and delivered a 7-2 victory in which he recorded three takedowns and a riding time point.

With Augustana up 9-6, sophomore and No. 9-ranked, Hunter Burnett suited up in the 149 pound bout and delivered a monster performance. Burnett recorded six takedowns, eight points from near-falls, an escape and a stall warning point for a 22-4 tech fall and 14-6 Viking lead.

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