NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Rankings – January 22, 2020

The NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 and Individual Rankings have been released for January 22, 2020.

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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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Southwest Minnesota State 24 MSU Moorhead 15

Mustangs finish 2-0 on weekend with dual victory over Dragons

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (2-3, 2-2 NSIC) finished the weekend 2-0 with a 24-15 victory over MSU Moorhead (0-3, 0-2 NSIC) on Saturday afternoon in Nemzek Hall.

This was the first back-to-back conference victories for the Mustangs since the 2016-17 season when the Mustangs defeated Minot State and UMary.

The Mustangs started the dual off with a 6-0 lead as Justin Sampson (141) earned a victory by fall at 6:32 over MSUM’s Mason Schultz.

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Southwest Minnesota State 18 Northern State 14

SMSU Opens 2019-20 Home Dual Season With First Conference Victory Over NO. 17 NSU

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (1-3, 1-2 NSIC) opened the home season of 2019-20 earning an 18-14 victory over No. 17 Northern State (5-3, 1-2 NSIC) in the PE Gym on Friday night, the first conference victory this season for the Mustangs.

The Wolves were slated at No. 17 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), released on Jan. 1.

SMSU earned six bout victories in the dual and opened back-to-back victories as Hunter Pfantz (125) and Jackson Stauffacher (133) both claimed victories by decision.

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SMSU ready for split weekend hosting NSU and traveling to MSUM

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (0-3, 0-2 NSIC) prepares to host the first conference dual of the 2019-20 season on Friday versus Northern State at 7 p.m. in the PE Gym.

SMSU splits weekend play after hosting Northern State on Friday, the Mustangs travel to Moorhead to face the Dragons of MSU Moorhead on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Nemzek Hall.

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