NCAA WRESTLING: Mustangs uspet No. 6-rated Fort Hays State

KEARNEY, Neb. – Southwest Minnesota State upset No. 6 Fort Hays State 22-20 on Saturday at the Midwest Duals hosted by Nebraska-Kearney. SMSU defeated Newman University 37-6, but fell to No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney 31-6 earlier in the day. SMSU closed Saturday’s action with a 30-15 win over Bethany (Kan.).

Justin Reinsma notched his 100th win of his career in SMSU’s 31-6 loss to UNK. Reinsma went 4-0 on the day and has now won six straight.

In SMSU’s 37-6 win over Newman, SMSU took eight of 10 bouts highlighted by back-to-back pins from Ethan Hildebrandt (141) and Beau Buysse (149). Micah Larson also recorded a pin in his 197-pound bout.

Justin Reinsma (133) and Kyle Begin (165) were the only Mustangs to record victories in SMSU’s 31-6 loss to No. 4 UNK. Reinsma’s 4-3 decision over Ryan Bauer gave the Slayton native his 100th career win. He joins just seven other wrestlers in SMSU history to reach the 100 win plateau.

With Reinsma’s win total now at 102, it’s an example of the type of wrestler he’s been for the team over the past four seasons.

“He has been the backbone for our program,” SMSU coach Jesse Nelson said. “He’s a three-time All-American and and three-time Academic All-American. He has given the younger wrestlers a great example to look up to.”

Reinsma would equalize the score at four after Antonio Meikel dropped a 9-0 major decision to open SMSU’s dual with No. 6 Fort Hays State. SMSU tied the bout at seven after the 149-pound bout and at 13 after the 165-pound bout. SMSU and FHSU traded pins at 157 and 165 Mitchell Mears (FHSU) pinned Codie Lane (SMSU), while Kyle Begin (SMSU) pinned Bradley Little (FHSU). Jacob Begin gave SMSU its first lead of the dual as he defeated Josh Rodriquez by an 8-4 decision. The lead would not last long as FHSU took a 20-16 lead as Andrew Rodas suffered a 16-8 major decision loss to Jon Inman and Micah Larson fell 9-2 to Zack Grimes. FHSU forfeited the 285-pound bout to give SMSU six points and a 22-20 win.

“It was a great team effort,” Nelson said. “We won the matches were supposed to and were able to steal some points in the matches we weren’t supposed to. I think we proved that we can compete with anybody in the country if we keep progressing.”

In SMSU’s dual versus Bethany College, Reinsma won his fourth bout of the day and sixth straight when he pinned Ty Koltemann at 2:12 to even the score at six. Hildebrandt made it back-to-back pins as he recorded a pin of his own at 2:24 over Colt Rogers. SMSU dropped consecutive decisions at 149 and 157, but Kyle Begin gave SMSU its third pin of the dual at 7:21 in the overtime period. Jacob Begin extended SMSU’s lead to 24-12 with a pin of Matt Atwood at 4:22. Rodas and Wilson each won their bouts at 184 and 285, respectively to give SMSU a 30-15 win.


125: Antonio Meikel (SMSU) decision Dustin Reed, 5-2. 133: Justin Reinsma (SMSU) major decision Kris Workman, 10-0. 141: Ethan Hildenbrandt (SMSU) pinned Wyatt Wade, 3:58. 149: Beau Buysse (SMSU) pinned Zach Duwe, 5:30. 157: Colton Duhr (N) decision Codie Lane, 6-1. 165: Kyle Begin (SMSU) won by forfeit. 174: Juan Ortiz (N) decision Billy Dean, 8-2. 184: Andrew Rodas (SMSU) decision Micheal Kubik, 11-4. 197: Micah Larson (SMSU) pinned Steven Cooklsey, 1:13. 285: Cole Wilson (SMSU) decision Lorenzo Serna, 5-2.


125: Connor Bolling (N-K) decision Antonio Meikel, 6-4. 133: Justin Reinsma (SMSU) decision Ryan Bauer, 4-3. 141: Brock Coutu (N-K) pinned Cody Reed, 3:30. 149: Tyler Anderson (N-K) major decision Beau Buysse, 9-3. 157: Colton Johnson (N-K) decision Codie Lane, 7-0. 165: Kyle Begin (SMSU) decision Brock Smith, 10-7. 174: Patrick Martinez (N-K) technical fall Jacob Begin, 21-4, 2:41. 184: Mark Fiala (N-K) decision Andrew Rodas, 7-4. 197: Romero Cotton (N-K) major decision Micah Larson, 13-5. 285: Kelsey Empting (N-K) decision Cole Wilson, 3-0.


125: Adam Ludwin (FHSU) major decision Antonio Meikel, 9-0. 133: Justin Reinsma (SMSU) major decision Symon Seaton, 11-1. 141: C.J. Napier (FHSU) decision Ethan Hildenbrandt, 3-1. 149: Beau Buysse (SMSU) decision Matt Ziegler, 6-0. 157: Mitchell Means (FHSU) pinned Codie Lane, 0:55. 165: Kyle Begin (SMSU) pinned Bradley Little, 5:30. 174: Jacob Begin (SMSU) decision Josh Rodriguez, 8-4. 184: Jon Inman (FHSU) major decision Andrew Rodas, 16-8. 197: Zack Grimes (FHSU) decision Micah Larson, 9-2. 285: Cole Wilson (SMSU) won by forfeit.


125: Quinton Harrison (B) pinned Antonio Meikel, 6:55. 133: Justin Reinsma (SMSU) pinned Ty Kolterman, 2:12. 141: Ethan Hildenbrandt (SMSU) pinned Colt Rogers, 2:24. 149: Colby Crank (B) decision Beau Buysse, 11-5. 157: Jonathan Blackwell (B) dec. Codie Lane, 8-4. 165: Kyle Begin (SMSU) pinned Jordon Ward, 7:21, OT. 174: Jacob Begin (SMSU) pinned Matt Atwood, 4:22. 184: Andrew Rodas (SMSU) decision Spencer Wilson, 8-4. 197: Taylor Baird (B) decision John Gorter, 3-1. 285: Cole Wilson (SMSU) decision Zach Anderson, 3-1.