SMSU WRESTLING: SMSU wrestling to compete in first conference duals at St. Cloud State

MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State will open its dual season tonight as the Mustangs travel to face St. Cloud State beginning at 7 p.m.

SMSU finished the 2016-17 season with an 8-13 overall record and a 3-5 NSIC record. The Mustangs faced their first competition of the year as individuals last weekend in the Dakota Wesleyan Open on Saturday.


– Thursday’s duals will be broadcast by the KVSC Sports Stream

– John O. Peterson will call Thursday’s duals for KVSC


– Links to live results from Thursday’s duals will be available on

– Live stats during the 2017-18 season will be compiled on and posted to


– Andrew Petersen finished in second place at 285 in the Dakota Wesleyan Open on Saturday, Nov. 11

– Petersen lost by decision to Lawrence Phillips of St. Cloud State in the first place match at 285, earning 14.00 total team points for the Mustangs with a 3-1 record at the DWU Open

– Cole Hennen finished in fifth place at 197 with a win by medical forfeit over Chandler Knight of Doane College in the fifth place match and a 4-2 record on the day at the DWU Open

– Trent Butcher went 3-2 in the DWU Open at 141

– Cortez Arredondo earned a team-high 14.50 points for SMSU wrestling at 149 and finished the day 5-1 overall

– Robert Shields also wrestled at 149 on Saturday and went 2-2 on the day

– Taylor Curtis went 3-2 and advanced to the fifth consolation round at 125

– Justin Haneke had two pins and finished with a 3-2 record at 157

– Kegen Fingalsen had one pin and finished with a 3-2 record at 165

– Dru Kuchenbaker had two major decisions and one tech fall, finishing with a 3-2 record at 174

– Jack Ryan had two pins and finished with a 3-2 record at 197

– Hennen and Ben Thompson both finished the day with a 4-2 record at 197



– Have won six consecutive league titles dating back to the 2011-12 season under Head Coach, Steve Costanzo

– Costanzo has a 169-28 overall record at SCSU in his 12 seasons at the helm

– Lawrence Phillips has a perfect 10-0 record for SCSU

– Jarred Oftedahl (7-0), Larry Bomstad (5-0), and Brett Velasquez (4-0) also have perfect records so far this season

– The 2016-17 Huskies’ team finished second at the NCAA DII national championships and there are four returning national qualifiers in 2017-18


– SMSU is 13-32-1 all-time in dual matches against St. Cloud State

– St. Cloud State has won 11 straight dating back to the 2006-07 season

– SCSU won last seasons match, 36-3 in Marshall

– The Mustangs last win was a 24-18 victory in 2005-06


– Jesse Nelson is in his 11th season as head coach at Southwest Minnesota State in 2017-18

– Nelson was named the fourth coach in the program history on Aug. 22, 2007

– The 2013-14 NSIC Coach of the Year, Nelson has a career dual record of 74-79-1, including 28-44 in conference matches during his 10 seasons

– During his tenure, Nelson has groomed 19 national qualifiers, including three two-time qualifiers and three three-time qualifiers, along with 11 All-NSIC honorees


– 125: Taylor Curtis

– 133: Brock Buysse

– 141: Trent Butcher

– 149: Cortez Arredondo

– 157: Justin Haneke

– 165: Nick Esping

– 174: Cody Heitman

– 184: Cole Hennen

– 197: Jack Ryan

– 285: Andy Petersen


– 125: Brett Velasquez

– 133: Adam Hedin

– 141: Jarred Oftedahl

– 149: James Pleski

– 157: Larry Bomstad

– 165: Travis Holt

– 174: Kolton Eischens

– 184: Austin Rake

– 197: Vince Dietz

– 285: Lawrence Phillips

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