Wrestling off to strong start in conference

Angel Vega pins his opponent.

Angel Vega pins his opponent.

The Dragons opened NSIC wrestling this past week against Northern State and St. Cloud State University. The Dragons won the match 30-16, earning bonus points in most of the ten matches.

“We always preach getting bonus points in matches whether through a technical fall or by pin,” Nelson said. “We knew it could be a close match so it’s important to get those points.”

The Dragons won seven of the matches and wrestled tough in each match. The Dragons improved their dual record to 6-2, next they faced the No. 1 ranked team, St. Cloud State University (Minn.).

Wrestling in St. Cloud, Minn., the team went up against a tough opponent. The Dragons lost the dual 34-3 which made their dual record at 6-3.

“We gave a good effort,” Nelson said of the dual. “We scored first in a lot of matches…we didn’t continue to wrestle the full seven minutes which is something we need to do to win matches.”

Philippe Walker earned the lone victory in the match for the Dragons winning in double overtime and was rewarded a point because of riding time.

Overall Nelson said the team is wrestling well and is continuing to work hard.

“If we wrestle hard each time out and continue to improve we should finish the season well,” he said, “Right now we’re pretty healthy and it is important to stay that way for the season.”

The Dragons return home on Jan. 31 to host Minnesota State University Mankato in NSIC action.

BY BREANN LENZMEIER
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