SMSU WRESTLING: SMSU heads to Northern State for dual today

Independent file photo SMSU’s Ben Thompson fights for control with his St. Cloud State University opponent during their Nov. 29, 2018 match. The Mustangs will be back in action today against Northern State University.

MARSHALL – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (0-1, 0-1 NSIC) travels to Northern State (4-1, 2-1 NSIC) for the first road conference dual of the season today at 7 p.m. in the Wachs Arena.

Catching up with the Mustangs

SMSU returns to action after competing in the Doane University Open on Dec. 8. Justin Haneke placed fourth and Jackson Ryan placed sixth after Haneke (149) and Ryan (197) both went 3-2 on the day. The Mustangs are 0-1 in dual action this season, falling 35-6 to No. 1 St. Cloud State on Nov. 29. Andrew Petersen and Cortez Arredondo earned the only two victories for the Mustangs. Petersen defeated Brady Reigstad in a 5-3 decision and Arredondo earned a 5-3 victory over Taner Trembley. Arredondo is ranked at No. 8 in the NWCA at 157-pounds.


individual leaders

157 Cortez Arredondo 16-4

HWT Andrew Petersen 15-6

197 Jackson Ryan 12-6

165 Kegen Fingalsen 11-8

184 Cole Hennen 10-5

125 Ben Emrich 10-7


probable lineup

125 Willie Meine (4-9)

133 Brock Buysse (5-8)

141 Riley Altenburg (4-8)

149 Justin Haneke (5-5)

157 Cortez Arredondo (16-4)

165 Kegen Fingalsen (11-8)

174 Griffin Osing (9-5)

184 Cole Hennen (10-5)

197 Ben Thompson (7-9)

285 Andrew Petersen (15-6)


Northern State

Northern State is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the NSIC. NSU was set to finish ninth in the NSIC 2018-19 Preseason Wrestling Coaches’ Poll. Last season, NSU sent Blake Perryman to the NCAA National Championships, where Perryman finished third and earned All-American honors. Kenny Jones was named a NSIC Wrestler to Watch. Jones wrestles at 133 pounds and 12-5 last season. Kolton Roth and Caden Moore are ranked No. 6 and No. 10 in the NWCA National Rankings, released on Dec. 31. NSU earned a 21-13 victory over Augustana last Thursday, ending an over two-decade losing streak.

Northern State


SMSU leads the all-time series 28-9-3 over NSU. The Mustangs have won the past eight matches dating back to the 2010-11 season. The Mustangs won the last dual 37-6 at home. SMSU won eight of the ten classes.

Northern State

probable lineup

125 Dayne Morton

133 Kenny Jones

141 No. 6 Kolton Roth

149 No. 10 Caden Moore

157 Walker Carr

165 Billy Holtan OR Tanner Wiese

174 Jake Flakus OR Paxton Mewes

184 Kaden Campbell OR Riley Lura

197 Diego Gallegos

285 Harrison Townsend

Up next

Southwest Minnesota State hosts Augsburg on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a non-conference dual.

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