MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team is on the road this week for its lone dual match – but will only have to travel a few blocks as the Dragons will compete at in-city rival Concordia for a nonconference dual on Tuesday. The dual begins at 7 p.m. at Concordia’s Memorial Auditorium.
MSUM enters the dual with an 8-5 mark, while Concordia is 5-5. It is the Dragons’ lone action of the week, as they resume NSIC action on Feb.13 at Augustana.
The two teams met in an exciting dual a year ago at Alex Nemzek Hall as the Cobbers edged the Dragons, 20-18 thanks to a pin in the final match.
Live video for Tuesday’s match.
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The Dragons dropped a pair of NSIC matches to nationally-ranked foes last week, falling to No. 10 Minnesota State, 24-19 and losing to No. 6 Upper Iowa, 28-6. Junior Angel Vega and sophomore Gerad Fugleberg each went 2-0 on the week for the Dragons.
Vega leads the Dragons with a 21-9 mark; his win during the Mankato dual made him the first Dragon wrestler to reach the 20-win mark. Sophomore Philippe Walker is 16-9, while junior Casey Williams is 15-5 for MSUM.
Kris Nelson is in his fourth season as MSUM’s head coach with a record of 23-33 at the school.
Projected lineup for MSUM
125 – Mitch Dunlap (Fr., 6-8 record)
133 – Philippe Walker (So., 16-9)
141—Angel Vega (Jr., 21-9)
149 – Casey Williams (Jr., 15-5)
157 – Jacob Bennett (Sr., 9-7)
165 – Kerron Williams (Sr., 10-7)
174 – Jesse Puncochar (RFr., 13-6)
184 — Matt Lewellen (Jr., 13-9)
197 – Lucas Moderow (RFr., 10-16)
285 – Gerad Fugleberg (So., 15-12)
Concordia, ranked No. 24 in the NWCA Division III poll, is 5-5 in duals this season. In their last dual on Jan. 26, the Cobbers lost at Augsburg, 24-12.
Senior Tom Bouressa leads Concordia with a 15-2 mark at 285 pounds. Senior Josten Coleman (165) is 16-7 at 165 pounds, while freshman Delson Saintal is 15-8.
Clay Nagel is in his ninth season as Concordia’s head coach.