Mustangs opens dual season hosting St. Cloud State

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team opens its 2016-17 dual season on Thursday night hosting two-time defending NCAA champion and No. 1 ranked St. Cloud State in an NSIC match in the PE Gym starting at 7 p.m. The dual is the first of 22 scheduled this season for the Mustangs and the first of eight NSIC matches.

SCSU leads the all-time series 31-13-1 in a match-up that started during the 1969-70 season. SCSU has won the last 10 meetings, including 41-3 last season. SMSU’s last victory came during the 2005-06 season.

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Jesse Nelson is in his 10th season as head coach at SMSU in 2016-17. Nelson was named the fourth coach in the program history on Aug. 22, 2007. Nelson, the 2013-14 NSIC Coach of the Year, has a dual record of 54-61-1, including 19-37 in conference matches. During his tenure, Nelson has groomed 19 national qualifiers—11 in the last three seasons alone—seven All-NSIC wrestlers, including three two-time NCAA qualifiers and three three-time NCAA qualifiers.

Southwest Minnesota State last competed on Nov. 19 at the Augsburg Open in Minneapolis.

SMSU head coach Jesse Nelson is expected to send out the following line-up for Thursday’s match: (subject to change)
125 Taylor Curtis, 2-4
133 Cameron Henning, 3-4
141 Zach Beaumaster, 2-4
149 Cortez Arredondo, 6-4
157 Alec Engler, 3-4, or Jake Slocum, 2-5
165 Kegen Fingalsen, 7-3
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174 Griffin Osing, 8-3
184 Cole Hennen, 8-2
197 Jack Ryan, 3-4
285 Andrew Petersen, 3-4

Southwest Minnesota State was picked to finish tied for seventh in the NSIC preseason poll. A total of 10 wrestlers from SMSU were ranked in the top nine of their respective weight classes in the preseason poll:
125: Taylor Curtis (4th)
133: Antonio Meikel (8th)
141: Zach Beaumaster (8th)
149: Cortez Arredondo (9th)
157: Jake Slocum (5th)
165: Kegen Fingalsen (3rd)
174: Griffin Osing (5th)
184: Cole Hennen (6th)
197: Ashton Bartlett (7th)
285: Andrew Peterson (8th)

Southwest Minnesota State competes at the Buena Vista (Iowa) Open on Saturday in Storm Lake, Iowa.

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