Bronchos hold top spot in DII Men’s Coaches Poll heading into postseason

MANHEIM, Pa. – Heading into the 2024 postseason, the Central Oklahoma Bronchos are still the top team in NCAA Division II men’s wrestling, according to the latest edition of the National Wrestling Coaches Association DII Men’s poll, released Monday afternoon.

UCO topped the poll with 87 total points behind a poll-high eight ranked wrestlers. The Bronchos, along with #2 Lander, also feature a poll-high two top-ranked wrestlers in defending National Champions Dalton Abney at 197 and Shawn Streck at 285. Lander comes in at #2 with 80 total points and seven ranked wrestlers, highlighted by James Joplin (125) and David Hunsberger (165) at #1 in their respective weight classes.

Augustana made the jump from #14 to #3 in this edition of the poll, amassing 67 total points behind seven ranked individuals. St. Cloud State is in the four-spot with 57 points, with UW-Parkside and McKendree tied in the fifth spot with 48 team points each.

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Northern State 25, Southwest Minnesota State 14

Mustangs honor seniors, but fall to Wolves

MARSHALL, MINN. – The 25th-ranked Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs fell to the 18th-ranked Northern State University Wolves on Friday evening by a score of 25-14. This loss brings the Mustangs to 3-7 overall and 1-7 in the NSIC, while the Wolves move to 8-12 and 3-5 in the NSIC.

Carlo Arreola started off the meet strong for the Mustangs, after a slow first three periods, the 125 lbs match headed to overtime. In overtime, Arreola was able to secure a takedown in the first overtime period to win by 4-1 sudden victory.

Northern State picked up victories at 133 by tech, at 141 by major decision, and at 149 by decision.

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Mustangs set to host Wolves for senior night

MARSHALL, Minn. – The 25th-ranked Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team (3-6, 1-6 NSIC) will host the 18th-ranked Northern State University Wolves (7-12, 2-5 NSIC) on Friday night inside the PE gym. The dual is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

MUSTANGS IN THE RANKINGS
The Mustangs dropped one spot and are now ranked No. 25 in the NWCA rankings released on Jan. 22. SMSU dropped out of the top 25 in the latest Open Mat Top 25 team tournament rankings.

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Minnesota State 30, Southwest Minnesota State 15

Mavericks Lock Down the Mustangs in Taylor Center

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State kept Southwest Minnesota State reigned in during tonight’s dual, keeping their NSIC dual win streak alive with a 30-15 win at Taylor Center.

SMSU was the first on the board with a tech fall win at 125 pounds, putting the team score at 5-0 SMSU.

Freshman Andrew Weiss, at 133 pounds, kicked off the Maverick effort with a fall in the second period at 3:09 against SMSU’s Chase Anderson. Weiss scored a takedown and 2-point nearfall in the first, followed by another takedown in the third before catching Anderson for a pin. Trayton Anderson, 141-pound junior, also won by fall in the second period. After dominating the first period with a takedown and two 4-point nearfalls, Anderson chose top to start the second period, getting Hunter Pfantz, of SMSU, on his back at 3:09.

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Mustangs ready to square off with Mavericks

MARSHALL, Minn. – The 25th ranked Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team (3-5, 1-5 NSIC) will travel to Mankato to face off with the Minnesota State University Mavericks (4-3, 1-3 NSIC) on Saturday, with the dual scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

MUSTANGS IN THE RANKINGS
The Mustangs dropped one spot and are now ranked No. 25 in the NWCA rankings released on Jan. 22. SMSU dropped two spots in the latest Open Mat rankings, released on Jan. 31, moving down to No. 25 in the Team Tournament rankings.

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