Wrestling team has strong showing at Bison open
MSUM wrestling competed as a team on Saturday at the Bison open in Fargo and had a number of wrestlers place in the tournament.
Leading the way for the Dragons were seniors, Angel Vega and Matt Lewellen; they both placed third.
At the 125-pound weight class, true freshman Steve Novak went 0-2, while true freshman Blake Bosch went 1-2. Bosch’s win came against Novak in the second consolation round, winning by decision 6-2.
At the 133-pound weight class, freshman Tyler Tensen went 2-2, earning victories over Mitchell Dunlap of Northland Community and Technical College and Jacob Knudsvig of Minot State.
At the 141-pound weight class, sophomore Mario Tuccitto went 0-2 while senior Angel Vega went 4-1 to earn third place. Vega, who is using his redshirt year, will compete in open tournaments for the Dragons. Vega earned two pins on the day and finished with a fall over Justin LaVelle of NDSU.
At the 149-pound weight class, senior Connor MacGregor went 2-2, MacGregor earned a tech fall over Nathaniel Rykerd of NDSU, winning the match 15-0. MacGregor also defeated Kyle Leet of SDSU, winning by decision 12-4.
At the 157-pound weight class, redshirt freshman Dan Murakemi went 0-2 for the Dragons on the day.
At the 165-pound weight class, junior Shawn Porter went 0-2 in the tournament.
At the 174-pound weight class, junior Michael Joseph went 4-2 on the day and took home fifth place for the Dragons. Joseph defeated Blake Lundgren of Northern State 15-5 to claim fifth. Also competing at 174-pounds for the Dragons was junior Conner Monk. Monk went 1-1 on the day. Freshman Dylan Bowen wrestled in the tournament and went 0-2.
Senior Matt Lewellen competed at the 184-pound weight class, earned third place for the tournament and went 4-1 on the day. Lewellen won three of his four matches by decision and finished with a 7-6 decision over Ben Schwery of SDSU. Freshman Jorge Munoz-Pederson went 0-2 for the Dragons on the day.
At the 197-pound weight class, junior Chris Bascon went 1-2, earning a decision in his victory over Mitchell Eull of Minot State.
In the heavyweight class, freshman Kyle Johnson went 1-2 in his matches for the day.
The Dragons travel to Jamestown on Thursday to face the Jimmies in the team’s first dual match of the season.
The Dragons will take part in the Cobber open on Saturday and will take to the mat for the first time at MSUM on Dec. 7 when they host the Dragon open.
The team won’t wrestle their first conference dual until January when the team travels to Aberdeen, S.D., to wrestle Northern State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.
BY BREANN LENZMEIER