SMSU WRESTLING: SMSU’s Arredondo advances to NCAA Championships with second place finish at regional

ST. CLOUD – Southwest Minnesota State University 157-pound junior Cortez Arredondo recorded a second place finish at the NCAA Super 3 Region Championships on Saturday and secured a spot at the NCAA Division II Championships next month in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Arredondo, who finished 2-0 during competition on Friday, secured his place at the national championships with a 15-7 major decision semifinal victory over Daniel Close from Minnesota State on Saturday morning.

In the region championship match, Arredondo lost a 10-2 decision to Ryan Strope from McKendree (Ill.)

Three other SMSU wrestlers competed on Saturday and came up just short in qualifying for nationals. Griffin Osing lost 3-0 in the consolation third round at 174 pounds, while Jackson Ryan at 197 pounds won by fall at 5:21 to advance to the fourth round of the consolation bracket. Andrew Petersen also won his first match on Saturday morning with a 9-2 decision at heavyweight.

Both Ryan and Petersen dropped tight 3-2 matches in the consolation fourth round to end their championship run.

Arredondo will compete at the NCAA Championships on March 9-10. He is the first SMSU wrestler to advance to the championships since heavyweight Cole Wilson placed seventh in 2016.

SMSU Results

Wrestle-Backs: Third Round (Saturday)

174 | Lukas Poloncic (Augustana) def. Griffin Osing (SMSU), 3-0, Decision

197 | Jackson Ryan (SMSU) def. Jared McKindley (Lindenwood), Fall, 5:21

285 | Andrew Petersen (SMSU) def. Christian Boyles (McKendree), 9-2, Decision

Championship Semifinal (Saturday)

157 | Cortez Arredondo (SMSU) def. Daniel Close (Minnesota State), 15-7, Major Decision

Wrestle-Backs: Fourth Round (Saturday)

197 | Matt Blome (Minnesota State) def. Jackson Ryan (SMSU), 3-2, Decision

285 | Logan Hopp (Upper Iowa) def. Andrew Petersen (SMSU), 3-2, Decision

Championship Match (Saturday) –

157 | Ryan Strope (McKendree) def. Cortez Arredondo (SMSU), 10-2, Decision

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