Augustana 27 Southwest Minnesota State 10

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Augustana wrestling team rattled off its sixth-consecutive dual victory Friday night in the Elmen Center. The Vikings defeated the Mustangs of Southwest Minnesota State 27-10 and moved to 6-2 on the season, 6-0 against Division II competition and 3-0 in NSIC duals.

Redshirt freshman Kolby Kost started the night with a come-from-behind victory at 184 pounds. Kost was down 6-2 late in the third period, before recording two takedowns and logging four near-fall points. Kost went on to win the bout 10-6 and put the Vikings up 3-0.

Redshirt freshman Steven Hajas recorded the next win for the Vikings at 285 pounds in a 6-2 decision to even the match score at 6-6. Redshirt freshman and No. 9 ranked Jack Huffman recorded a comeback win of his own at 133 pounds. Huffman trailed 4-3 late in the third period, before taking a shot and nearly pinning his opponent. Huffman was awarded a takedown and four near-fall points in his fourth-straight individual win and Augustana trailed just 10-9.

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Tickets on sale now for the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships

Tickets are on sale now for the 2020 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday, March 13 & 14, 2020, at NCAA.com/tickets. The championships are co-hosted by Augustana University and the Sioux Falls Sports Authority.

Single-session and all-session tickets are available, with affordable options for all ages. Fans interested in premium seating options should contact the KELOLAND Box Office located in the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Discounted tickets are also available to groups purchasing at least 10 tickets.

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SMSU prepares for busy weekend facing NSIC and nonconference opponents

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (2-3, 2-2 NSIC) is set to compete in a busy weekend with a conference dual at Augustana on Friday at 7 p.m. and traveling to non-conference duals in York, Neb., on Saturday.

SMSU travels to Augustana for a 7 p.m. conference dual on Friday before a weekend competing at the North Country Open beginning at 9 a.m. in Collegeville, Minn., and traveling to York, Neb., for a split dual facing Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and York College (Neb.) at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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#17 Mavericks to wrestle rescheduled SMSU dual on Jan. 30

MANKATO, Minn. – The No. 17 Minnesota State wrestling team is scheduled to travel to Marshall, Minn., to face the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs for an NSIC dual on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m.

The conference dual, which will take place inside the PE Gym, was previously scheduled for Jan. 18, but inclement weather postponed the dual.

The Mavericks hold a 4-1 record and will be traveling to North Dakota for a pair of duals this weekend. Friday’s dual against University of Mary (2-4, 0-1 NSIC) is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., while Saturday’s dual with Minot State (4-3, 1-1 NSIC) is set to begin at 2:00 p.m.

SMSU welcomes No. 15 MSU in Saturday dual

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (2-3, 2-2 NSIC), coming off the first 2-0 weekend since the 2016-17 season, is set to host No. 15 Minnesota State (4-1, 0-0 NSIC) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the PE Gym.

SMSU earned an 18-14 victory over No. 17 Northern State last Friday in the PE Gym before traveling to Moorhead, Minn., to pick up a 24-15 victory over MSU Moorhead.

SMSU hosts Minnesota State on Saturday and those not competing in the dual will be traveling to the Minnesota West Open in Worthington, Minn., beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

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SMSU Announces Early Signing

MARSHALL, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University head wrestling coach Jesse Nelson announced on Monday that Jace Paplow from Dundee, Minn., has signed a letter of intent to continue his academic and wrestling career at SMSU.

Paplow, a senior 174-pounder at Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School, has acquired many accolades in his high school career. As a junior in 2018-19, he was the Section 3A champion, placed third at the state tournament and was named to the 2019 Minnesota State Academic All-State Wrestling third team.

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