MSU wrestling teams compete at home duals
It’ll be a busy weekend at the MSU Dome as the Minot State wrestling teams are back in action at home hosting some of the very best in the nation.
Friday night the Minot State men’s team hosts 10th-ranked Upper Iowa in an NSIC dual starting at 7 p.m., then Saturday the Dome will be a buzz with action as the Minot State women’s team hosts a tri-dual featuring No. 5-ranked Augsburg (Minn.), Jamestown, and the host Beavers, while the Beaver men host 7th-ranked Wisconsin-Parkside at 4 p.m. in another NSIC dual.
Saturday’s women’s tri-dual gets underway at noon with Augsburg competing against Jamestown, then the host Beavers (1-9 duals) get involved at 1 p.m. as they go head-to-head with the fifth-ranked Auggies, then Minot State wraps up the tri-dual against in-state rival Jamestown at 2 p.m.
The fifth-ranked Auggies (5-2), an NCAA Division III school in most sports but who compete in a single NCAA women’s wrestling division, will present a huge challenge for the Beavers as their lineup features five nationally-ranked wrestlers.
Leading the way is 155-pounder Marlynne Deede who is No. 1 in her weight class with a 19-1 record this season, and Nina Makem, who is ranked No. 2 at 136 pounds and holds an 18-3 record.
Ranked No. 3 at 143 pounds for the Auggies is Katie Lange with a 17-6 record, Ashley Lekas is ranked No. 4 at 170 pounds and holds a 12-2 record, and rounding out the ranked wrestlers is Gabby Skidmore who is 7th at 123 pounds with a 20-8 mark.
As for the Jimmies (2-2), who are the first team receiving votes and just outside the current NAIA Top 20, they’re 2-0 in head-to-head duals this season with Minot State, winning 33-11 in Minot in November, then 38-11 in Jamestown in December.
For the Beavers, 155-pounder Nina Sandoval and 171-pounder Aurora Anderson each are 2-0 head-to-head in their scoring matches against Jamestown.
Sandoval has led the way all season for the first-year Beavers program as she is 17-9 overall with 11 wins by pins.
Jazmin Gorder (123) and Annika Gotlieb (130) have also been extremely successful in their first collegiate season for Minot State as Gorder is 10-10 with 6 wins by pin, and Gotlieb is 8-12 with 5 wins by pins this season.
In the men’s duals, the Beavers (6-6 overall, 1-3 NSIC) face off against two Top-10 foes starting off with Upper Iowa (8-2, 4-0), which features four nationally-ranked wrestlers.
Chase Luensman and Tate Murty lead the way as Luensman is No. 2 at 165 pounds and holds a 21-1 record this season while Murty is No. 4 at 141 pounds and is 21-4 on the season.
Also ranked nationally is Dalton Hahn, who is No. 8 at 197 pounds with a 7-5 record, and heavyweight Zach Ryg who is ranked No. 10 and is 15-6 this season.
Ryg sits right behind Minot State’s lone nationally-ranked grappler in sophomore heavyweight Jake Swirple who is one of the Beaver leaders. Swirple is ranked No. 9 nationally at 285 pounds with a 10-2 record this season.
Also a standout this season for Minot State is 123-pounder Oscar Nellis who picked up two wins at home last weekend in the Beavers duals and improved to 11-2 on the season.
Junior-college transfer James Davis at 133 pounds also has been strong for the Beavers with a 7-3 record as he just missed an upset win over Mary’s 3rd-ranked Reece Barnhardt last weekend, while Ethan Wonser (10-8 record at 141), Nathan Baca (9-4 record at 157), and Brendan Barnes (14-6 record at 165) have been solid contributors for Minot State, as well.
Saturday, the Beavers wrap up the weekend of wrestling action hosting the seventh-ranked Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers (6-0, 4-0) who feature six nationally-ranked wrestlers, including No. 1-ranked Shane Gantz at 165 pounds. Gantz is a perfect 23-0 this season.
Joining him in the national rankings is Shane Corrigan, who is No. 5 at 125 pounds with a 22-6 record, Jalen Spuhler, who is No. 6 at 149 pounds with a 22-6 record, Reece Worachek, who is No. 9 at 184 pounds with a 21-4 record, Cayden Henshel, who is No. 10 at 141 pounds with a 17-3 record, and Ben Durocher, who is No. 12 at 157 pounds with a 13-4 record.
The weekend matches with be the final home matches for the Minot State women and the next to last home duals for the Minot State men who will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, Feb. 11, when the Beavers host St. Cloud State.