NCAA WRESTLING: Mustangs overcome Dragons 19-15
MOORHEAD – Trailing 15-10 after the 174-pound bout, Southwest Minnesota State rattled off three straight victories to take a 19-15 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual win over Minnesota State-Moorhead.
Andrew Rodas (184), Micah Larson (197) and Cole Wilson (285) all won by decision in their respective bouts to combine for nine points, erase the Mustangs’ five-point deficit and give SMSU a 19-15 victory.
Rodas captured an 8-6 decision against Matthew Lewellen at 184 before Larson shut out Tyler Schlosser at 197. Wilson secured the Mustangs fate with a 5-2 decision against Gerard Fugleberg.
No. 8-ranked Justin Reinsma picked up his 22nd win of the season and extended his winning streak to seven with an 8-3 decision over Shane Novak at 133 pounds. Ethan Hildebrandt picked up a key decision at 141 to put SMSU up 6-3. Codie Lane was leading his 157-pound bout by a score of 6-5 in the third period, but Daniel Murakami scored a takedown with three seconds left to take the bout by decision, 7-6, and give MSUM a 9-6 lead.
Kyle Begin answered for SMSU with a dominating performance over Shawn Porter. Begin led 13-1 after two periods and scored three 3-point near falls, but couldn’t register the elusive 6-point pin. Begin went on to win 13-4 to give SMSU four points from the major decision.
No. 6 Jacob Begin had his eight-bout winning streak halted by Connor Monk’s pin of Begin at 2:23.
The win was SMSU’s third straight conference win.
SMSU (9-3, 3-0 NSIC) will look to keep the streak going at 2 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. at Upper Iowa.
SMSU 19, MSU-MOORHEAD 15
125: Blake Bosch (MSUM) decision Antonio Meikel, 8-3. 133: Justin Reinsma (SMSU) decision Shane Novak, 8-3. 141: Ethan Hildebrandt (SMSU) decision Isaac Novacek, 8-7 (riding time).149: Garret Hoffner (MSUM) decision Beau Buysse, 5-3.157: Daniel Murakami (MSUM) defeats Codie Lane, 7-6. 165: Kyle Begin (SMSU) major decision Shawn Porter, 13-4. 174: Connor Monk (MSUM) pinned No. 6 Jacob Begin, 2:23. 184: Andrew Rodas (SMSU) decision Matthew Lewellen, 8-6. 197: Micah Larson (SMSU) decision Tyler Schlosser, 3-0. 285: Cole Wilson (SMSU) decision Gerard Fugleberg, 5-2