MSU wrestling nabs third straight dual win

Alex Eisen/MDN Minot State junior Dean Arevalo (right) wrestles against Stephen Emrich from Southwest Minnesota State Saturday afternoon at the MSU Dome. Arevalo came back from six points down to win the 125-pound match, 9-8.

Dean Arevalo set the tone and the Minot State wrestling followed through Saturday afternoon with a 29-12 home victory over Southwest Minnesota State.

The Beavers (5-9, 2-5 NSIC) have now won three duals in a row over the last nine days.

“It really got the team excited and got the momentum going,” MSU head coach Evan Forde said about Arevalo’s 125-pound match. “That’s not easy to fight back from a 6-0 deficit off of just takedowns. He just had to keep attacking.”

Arevalo was twisting and turning on his back in the first period and quickly fell behind 6-0 to Stephen Emrich.

But he wasn’t going to give up or give in.

“I got in on the leg a couple of times, but (Emrich) was kind of funky when I was in on the legs and trying to finish,” Arevalo said. “He got a throw and that put me away a little bit. But I came back. I needed to either to score big or I need a bunch of takedowns. I knew I could take him down.”

Takedown after takedown, Arevalo slowly worked his back into the match and eventually got the winning takedown with 30 seconds left for a 9-8 win.

“That’s just who I am. I’m always going to fight my hardest no matter what the score is,” Arevalo said. “Some days you might feel a little sluggish, but I always give my hardest effort out there. Whether I’m down by six (points) or up by six, I’m going to fight my hardest.”

MSU’s Oscar Nellis followed that up with a tactic 4-0 decision win at 133.

“Oscar Nellis is kind of moving up a weight for us there,” Forde said. “He was a little bit undersized and I thought he just wrestled a smart match.”

A third period pin by Jered Sublet and major decision win by Tanner Crissler had the Beavers leading 16-0. Crissler even gave the MSU supporters a fist pump while on top of his opponent with a few seconds left on the clock.

SMSU got its first points with a pin by Jordan Biehn, but that was answered with a pin by MSU’s Nathan Baca in the next matchup.

A pair of one-point losses for the Beavers at 174 and 184 tighten the dual to 22-12 with two matches left.

Minot native Je-Mario Jones clinched MSU’s victory with a 12-4 major decision win at 197. And Bishop Ryan alum Jordan Will finished things off with a narrow 2-1 win at 285.

“This was a pretty big win for the team,” Arevalo said. “It showed how we compete as a team. I think with half the teams we lost to earlier in the year, if we wrestled like this, we would have beat them. This just showed who Minot State really is.”

The Beavers will look to keep their winning streak going against Augustana at 2 p.m. this afternoon at the Minot State Dome.

Alex Eisen covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.