Maverick Grapplers Stay Unbeaten in Conference
Sioux Falls, S.D. — No. 13 Minnesota State took to the road for their first conference dual away from Taylor Center and came away with a 21-19 win over No. 19 Augustana. Early pins by Alphonso Vruno and Drew Lexvold# at 133-lbs and 141-lbs helped spark the Mavericks as they defeated their second ranked opponent in as many duals.
After David Demo lost a 5-3 decision as 125-lbs, Vruno pinned Jeremiah Peterson at 4:57. Lexvold came right back with a pin of Brandon Charbonneau at 1:02 – the sophomore’s second consecutive pin in NSIC action.
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Following an MSU forfeit at 149-lbs and Sawyer Hoffman dropping an 8-2 decision to Shawn Hatlestad at 157-lbs to square the dual up 12-12, MSU would rattle off three straight decisions as Cody Quinn (165 lbs), Brendan Eichmann (174 lbs) and Aaron Norgren (184 lbs) would all triumph to take a 21-12 lead.
MSU would go on to drop the last two matches of the night, escaping with a 21-19 win.
Augustana returns to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action next Saturday and Sunday taking on northern State and Minot State on the road.
#13 MSU-Mankato 21, #19 Augustana 19
125: TJ North (AUG) over David Demo 5-3
133: Alphonso Vruno (MSU) pins Jeremiah Peterson 4:57
141: Drew Lexvold (MSU) pins Brandon Charbonneau 1:02
149: Nate Herda (AUG) won by forfeit
157: Shawn Hatlestad (AUG) over Sawyer Hoffman 8-2
165: Cody Quinn (MSU) over Parker Swanson 5-0
174: Brendan Eichmann (MSU) over Tim Weber 9-3
184: Aaron Norgren (MSU) over Sean Derry 4-1
197: Jayd Docken (AUG) major over Nathan Haynes 11-2
Hwt: Brian Schultz (AUG) over Corby Running 7-3