MARSHALL - In a dual between Mustangs Wednesday night, it was the Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team that proved to be physically superior in a 39-4 victory over Morningside (Iowa) at SMSU's P.E. Gym. SMSU recorded two pins, from Beau Buysse at 149 pounds and Micah Larson at 197 pounds, as well as a technical fall by Ethan Hildebrandt at 141 pounds.
"I thought we wrestled well," SMSU head coach Jesse Nelson said. "I think we went out and controlled all the matches and controlled the pace and the tempo. And I think that's what we talked about with all our guys. Each week we need to get better, we need to wrestle harder and we need to be aggressive, and I thought our guys were all of that tonight."
A forfeit at 125 pounds gave SMSU a quick 6-0 lead, which Justin Reinsma turned into a 9-0 lead after winning by decision, 7-5. Reinsma is currently ranked No. 5 at 133 pounds and with a 9-3 individual record he has established himself as the catalyst for SMSU's 2-0 record early in the season.
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Southwest Minnesota State wrestler Jacob Begin wrestles with Morningside College’s Chad Morehead in the 165-pound match of Wednesday night’s dual at the PE Gym at SMSU. Begin won the match in an 8-0 major decision.
"Justin's just a kid that you know what you're going to get out of him," Nelson said of the junior from Slayton. "He's a competitor and you know he's going to go out and compete for seven minutes every time you step out. You know you're going to get a good effort out of him every time, and I think that really helps the rest of the team set the tone."
Following Reinsma was Ethan Hildebrandt, who bullied Kevin Olson for nearly seven minutes on his way to a 20-5 technical fall.
Ghent native Beau Buysse had a 13-3 lead after five minutes over Morningside's Taylor Phipps. After two near falls in the first two periods, Buysse finished the job and scored the pin at 5 minutes, 38 seconds to increase SMSU's lead to 20-0.
SMSU 39, Morningside 4
125-Travis Borchert (SMSU) won by forfeit
133-Justin Reinsma (SMSU) dec. Nathan Ryan, 7-5
141-Ethan Hildebrandt (SMSU) tech. fall Kevin Olson, 20-5
149- Beau Buysse (SMSU) pinned Taylor Phipps, 5:38
157-Cody Fritz (SMSU) dec. Jordan Langley, 8-7
165-Jacob Begin (SMSU) maj. dec. Chad Morehead, 8-0
174-Kyle Begin (SMSU) dec. Rulin Pederson, 13-6
184-Travis Peralta (SMSU) dec. Brian Block, 9-4
197-Micah Larson (SMSU) pinned Chris Bridgeford, 3:57
285-Tyler Kacmarynski (M) maj. dec. Todd Klemz, 13-0
A two-point take down seconds before time expired by SMSU's Cody Fritz tied his bout with Jordan Langley at seven, allowing Fritz to emerge with an 8-7 decision thanks to a riding time advantage. Jacob Begin followed with an 8-0 major decision to secure the Mustang victory.
Kyle Begin recorded three near falls in the first period, which accounted for seven of his 13 points at 174 pounds. The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference's wrestler of the week last week at 165 pounds gave SMSU a 30-0 lead with his 13-6 decision at 174 pounds.
At 184 pounds, SMSU's Travis Peralta was matched up against the No. 4 wrestler in NAIA in Morningside's Brian Block. Peralta scored three separate two-point takedowns and limited Block to escapes only en route to a 9-4 decision win.
"Travis is a guy that's got a lot of good tools," Nelson said. "He's a grinder, he goes hard and gets after it, and I think he set the tone right away tonight. The other thing is I think he just out-worked and out-hustled that guy."
SMSU's final points of the night came from Micah Larson, who pinned Chris Bridgeford at 3:57. In the 285-pound match, SMSU's clean sheet came to a close as senior Todd Klemz was bested by Tyler Kacmarynski in a 13-0 major decision.
SMSU is back on the mat on Saturday as the Mustangs travel to Forest City, Iowa for the Waldorf Duals.