NCAA WRESTLING: Mustangs win twice at La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Southwest Minnesota State won two of three duals at the Wisconsin-La Crosse Duals on Saturday.

The Mustangs improved to 2-2 overall in dual contests this season with victories against Waldorf, Iowa, (27-15) and Wisconsin-Eau Claire (33-10). Host Wisconsin-La Crosse defeated SMSU 25-15.

“We were able to win the close matches,” Southwest Minnesota State head coach Jesse Nelson said. “The guys that needed to come through for us did exactly that. We’re a little banged up right now, but we had some of our backup wrestlers, who stepped up to do a great job and helped us get through the duals.”

Missing heavyweight Cole Wilson coming into Saturday, Codie Lane competed against Waldorf, but not during SMSU’s final two duals.

Jon Gorter replaced Wilson at 285 and won two of his three matches. Nelson said Jake Slocum wrestled well after entering the lineup, despite suffering a pair of losses.

The Mustangs received pins from Ethan Hildebrandt (141 pounds) and Jacob Begin (174) to lift Southwest Minnesota State to its first dual win this season – a 27-15 decision against Waldorf, Iowa.

Slayton native Justin Reisma used a 14-8 decision over Raymond McQueen to pull the dual score even at 3-3. Hildebrandt followed with a quick pin of Dillon Spates at 1:08. With a 9-3 lead heading into the 149 pound bout, Waldorf scored nine points from the next two bouts.

The Begin brothers shined bright Saturday with the duo securing six Mustang victories.

“Kyle has been very consistent with 10 pins for us this season. He’s a returning national qualifier who has been consistent, despite being a little banged up,” Nelson said. His brother, Jacob, also looked really good by going 3-0. He wrestled hard and helped us get through the duals.”

Kyle Begin stopped the bleeding for SMSU at 165 with a 5-2 decision over DMonte Aursby. Jacob Begin followed his brother’s performance, one-upping him with a pin of Jacob Baumann at 4:48 to give SMSU an 18-12 lead. Micah Larson earned six points with a win by forfeit before the Mustangs took the bout.

Despite a 25-15 loss to Wisconsin-La Crosse, Kyle Begin secured a pin against Sean Huls in 1:22 and Jacob Begin won a 3-2 decision from Richard Carlson in back-to-back bouts. SMSU’s other win of the dual came when heavyweight Jon Gorter received a forfeit victory.

The Mustangs rebounded with a 33-10 dual win over Wisconsin-Eau Claire as Jacob Begin recorded the only pin for SMSU. Matt Arnold (157), Kyle Begin and Andrew Rodas all contributed major decisions, while Gorter added a decision. Antonio Meikel and Reinsma each won with forfeits.

Southwest Minnesota State travels to Collegeville to wrestle St. John’s in a dual meet 7 p.m. Friday.



At La Crosse, Wis.


125: Bo Bettinson (W) decision Antonio Meikel, 2-1; 133: Justin Reinsma (SMSU) decision Raymond McQueen, 14-8; 141: Ethan Hildebrandt (SMSU) pin Dillon Spates, 1:08; 149: Martin Lopez (W) pin Jake Slocum, 3:39; 157: Bryce Robbins (W) decision Codie Lane, 3-2; 165: Kyle Begin (SMSU) decision DMonte Aursby, 5-2; 174: Jacob Begin (SMSU) pin Jacob Baumann, 4:48; 184: Travis Peralta (SMSU) decision Brock Binversie, 8-5; 197: Micah Larson (SMSU) won by forfeit; 285: Angel Gomez (W) decision Jon Gorter, 6-0.


125: Ryan Weinmann (W-LC) decision Antonio Meikel, 4-3; 133: Dustin Weinmann (W-LC) decision Justin Reinsma, 6-3; 141: Cody See (W-LC) decision Ethan Hildebrandt, 3-0; 149: Dylan Shaffer (W-LC) decision Beau Buysse, 4-2; 157: R.J. Dilcher (W-LC) technical fall Jake Slocum, 16-0; 165: Kyle Begin (SMSU) pin Sean Huls, 1:22; 174: Jacob Begin (SMSU) decision Richard Carlson, 3-2; 184: Eric Twohey (W-LC) won by decision over Travis Peralta, 4-1; 197: Mike Minske (W-LC) technical fall Micah Larson (SMSU), 16-1; 285: Jon Gorter (SMSU) won by forfeit.


125: Antonio Meikel (SMSU) won by forfeit; 133: Justin Reinsma (SMSU) won by forfeit; 141: Nate Behnke (Wisconsin-Eau Claire) major decision Ethan Hildebrandt, 9-0; 149: Ryan Seidler (W-EC) decision Beau Buysse, 7-1; 157: Matt Arnold (SMSU) major decision Matt Koch, 15-3. 165: Kyle Begin (SMSU) major decision Mathew Laugen, 10-2; 174: Jacob Begin (SMSU) pin Josh Cormican, 3:47; 184: Andrew Rodas (SMSU) major decision Jacob Hoffstatter, 8-0; 197: Luke Ortscheid (W-EC) decision Micah Larson, 5-3; 285: Jon Gorter (SMSU) decision Justin Karkula, 6-4.