MSU-Moorhead 25, Southwest Minnesota State 15

MARSHALL, Minn. — Pins from sophomore Blake Bosch and junior Chris Bascon sparked the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team to a 25-15 win over Southwest Minnesota State in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual Saturday in Marshall, Minn.

MSUM improved to 6-5 overall and 2-4 in the NSIC with the win while SMSU fell to 8-9 overall and 3-5 in the NSIC.

“We wrestled a good dual,” MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said.

Novak got the Dragons on the board early, beating Landyn VanOverbeke by a 14-4 major decision at 125 pounds.

Moments later, Bosch picked up his second pin of the week with a victory by fall over SMSU’s Jordan Biehn in 1:10 to give the Dragons a 10-0 lead.

“Novak and Bosch got us started off great this afternoon with both recording bonus points for us,” Nelson said.

SMSU won the next two matches — by decision at 141 and major decision at 149 — to climb within 10-7.

Sophomore Garret Hoffner had a solid 5-3 win over SMSU’s Patrick Kelley at 157, and sophomore Dan Murakami earned a 3-1 win over Colton Vekved at 165 to push the Dragon lead back to 16-7.

“Garret Hoffner and Dan Murakami both won hard-fought matches,” Nelson said.

The Mustangs won by technical fall at 174 to cut the lead to 16-12, but the Dragons responded strong with wins by senior Shawn Porter and Bascon.

Porter took a 6-3 win over Brody Goens at 184 to give the Dragons a 19-12 lead, and moments later Bascon pinned Tristan Ezell in 6:28 to give the Dragons an insurmountable 25-12 lead.

“Shawn Porter and Chris Bascon sealed the dual for us,” Nelson said. “They were very tough in the top position.”

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At 285, sophomore Nader Abdullatif battled tough for the Dragons against nationally-ranked Cole Wilson before falling 3-0 to make the final score of the dual 25-15.

Southwest Minnesota State will travel to Concordia-Moorhead next week for its final dual before the postseason.

MSUM is back in action on Feb. 20 at Mary. The dual begins at 7 p.m. in Bismarck, N.D. The Dragons’ home finale is Feb.21 against Northern State.

MSU-Moorhead 25, Southwest Minnesota State 15
125-Shane Novak (MSUM) maj. dec. Landyn VanOverbeke, 14-4
133-Blake Bosch (MSUM) pinned Jordan Biehn, 1:10
141-Trent Butcher (SMSU) dec. Philippe Walker, 12-5
149-John Weeding (SMSU) maj. dec. Austin Leibel, 11-3
157-Garret Hoffner (MSUM) dec. Patrick Kelley, 5-3
165-Dan Murakami (MSUM) dec. Colton Vekved, 3-1
174-Jacob Begin (SMSU) tech. fall Michael Joseph, 17-2
184-Shawn Porter (MSUM) dec, Brody Goens, 6-3
197-Chris Bascon (MSUM) pinned Tristan Ezell, 6:28
285-Cole Wilson (SMSU) dec. Nader Abdullatif, 3-0

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