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SMSU WRESTLING: Mustangs close regular season at Minot State and UMary

Independent file photo SMSU’s Ben Emrich sizes up his opponent during their meet against Upper Iowa University on Jan. 18. The Mustangs will close out the regular season this weekend against the University of Mary and Minot State University.

MARSHALL – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team (1-6, 1-5 NSIC) closes the regular conference season on a road trip to Minot State (3-9, 1-5 NSIC) on Saturday at 2 p.m. and UMary (4-4, 2-4 NSIC) on Sunday at 2 p.m.

SMSU notes

SMSU won its first dual of the season with a 24-16 win over MSU Moorhead last Friday night in the PE Gym. SMSU won six of the ten bouts and even forfeited at 125.

Cole Hennen started the night with a 3-1 decision victory at 197 for his second consecutive conference victory to maintain a 2-4 conference record.

Brock Buysse and Griffin Osing each earned first conference victories this season, Buysse, at 133 with a 2-1 decision win over MSUM’s Seth Hutchison and Osing, at 184, a 5-4 win over MSUM’s Evan Foster.

Justin Haneke and Kegen Fingalsen both earned victories by fall with Haneke earning a win by fall at 4:42 over Dylan Connell at 149 and Fingalsen a win by fall at 4:18 over Justin Dravis.

Cortez Arredondo followed up with a 10-9 decision victory over Braydon Ortloff at 157. The bout finished locked at 9-9 but Arredondo claimed the win after the addition of riding time.

Arredondo moved up to No. 7 in the latest NWCA poll released on Monday.

UMary notes

UMary is 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the conference and was ranked No. 20 in the latest NWCA poll released on Monday. Two Marauders were ranked in the top-12, with Tate Barnhardt (133) ranked No. 3 and Phillip Springsteen (174) ranked No. 8. Barnhart is 8-0 this season and went 2-0 last weekend against other nationally-ranked opponents. Springsteen is a redshirt sophomore with a 10-2 record against DII opponents.

Minot State notes

Minot State is 4-9 overall and 1-5 in the conference, ranking just one spot above SMSU. Minot State earned their first conference victory last Friday with a 25-20 upset victory over No. 25 Northern State. Minot State picked up a 33-12 non-conference victory against Dickinson State on Wednesday night.

UMary series

history

SMSU leads the all-time series 9-3 dating back to the 2006-07 season. SMSU has won four of the last five duals but dropped the meeting last season, 20-19. SMSU is 5-1 in Bismarck.

Minot State

series history

SMSU leads the all-time series 7-1 and has won the last six duals. The series started in the 1970-71 season and played for two consecutive years until starting again in the 2012-13 season. SMSU won the meeting last season 23-17 and is 4-1 at Minot.

Following the final regular season weekend, the NCAA Super Regional will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. in Moorhead, in Alex Nemzek Hall.

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