Dragons down Wolves in NSIC Opener, 27-16
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A pin by junior Gerad Fugleberg clinched a 27-16 dual win for the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team over Northern State in action Saturday in Aberdeen, S.D.
MSUM improved to 4-4 overall and 1-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with the victory, while Northern State fell to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the NSIC.
“I thought it was an improvement on how we looked at the Grand Canyon Duals,” MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said. “There’s still a lot of things we have to work on. Our conditioning needs to get better and we need to wrestle for the full seven minutes.”
The Dragons capitalized on forfeits at 125 and 174 to win their NSIC opener.
A forfeit win at 125 gave the Dragons a 6-0 lead. Northern came back to win at 133, as Cody Voegeli edged MSUM’s Shane Novak, 2-0 in overtime.
Redshirt freshman Isaac Novacek delivered a 12-5 win over Northern’s Ian Muirhead at 141 pounds for MSUM.
“Novacek wrestled tough. He looked real good good on his feet,” Nelson said.
Freshman Garret Hoffner battled through illness to give MSUM a key 3-2 win over Bean Voegeli at 149 pounds to push MSUM’s lead to 12-3.
Northern State battled back for a major decision win at 157 and then at pin at 165 to take a 13-12 lead in the dual.
A forfeit at 174 helped MSUM regain the lead at 18-13. Senior Matt Lewellen, also battling illness, earned a 6-1 win over Anthony Navarro to help MSUM push the lead to 21-13.
“Hoffner and Lewellen were battling illness and they came through for us tonight,” Nelson said.
The Wolves kept their hopes alive with an 8-3 win at 197 pounds, but Fugleberg, who was slowed earlier in the year by injury, clinched the win for MSUM with a pin of Anthony Reurink in 1:09 to give the Dragons the 27-16 win.
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“It was nice to see him step up and get it done for the team and get that win for us,” Nelson said.
MSUM hits the road next week for a pair of duals against NSIC foes, starting Thursday at Minnesota State, Mankato.
MSU-Moorhead 27, Northern State 16
125-Blake Bosch (MSUM) won by forfeit
133-Cody Voegeli (N) dec. Shane Novak, 2-0
141-Isaac Novacek (MSUM) dec. Ian Muirhead, 12-5
149-Garret Hoffner (MSUM) dec. Beau Voegeli, 3-2
157-Sean Havlovic (N) maj. dec. Connor MacGregor, 13-3
165-Blake Lundgren (N) pinned Shawn Porter, 3:00
174-Michael Joseph (MSUM) won by forfeit
184-Matt Lewellen (MSUM) dec. Anthony Navarro, 6-1
197-Joe Gomez (N) dec. Tyler Schlosser, 8-3
285-Gerad Fugleberg (MSUM) pinned Anthony Reurink, 1:09