MSU Moorhead earns win over Mary

1/24/2013
Minnesota State University Moorhead Sports Information

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Wins in six weight classes helped the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team team earn a 23-13 win over Mary in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference dual Wednesday night in Bismarck, N.D.
Casey Williams

MSUM improved to 7-3 overall and 2-1 in the NSIC, while Mary fell to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in league duals.

Sophomore Gerad Fugleberg got a pin for MSUM, while sophomore Philippe Walker and junior Casey Williams both won by major decision.

The Dragons won by decision at three other classes to earn the dual win.

"I thought we were a little flat," MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said. "We're going to get back and pick up the intensity a little bit. We weren't getting after it the way I wanted. Some people looked good, but overall it wasn't our best night."

MSUM got off to a good start at 125 pounds thanks to freshman Mitch Dunlap, who earned a 7-3 win over Mary's Jordan Eckholm.

"Mitch Dunlap did a good job getting us a win there," Nelson said.

Sophomore Philippe Walker improved his record to 15-7 with a 12-0 major decision win over Mary's Hunter Menendez to push the Dragon lead to 7-0.

"Walker went out and wrestled well," Nelson said. "He got us bonus points in a match we were hoping to get bonus points."

Mary's Trevor Johnson, ranked No. 2 in the nation at 141 pounds, beat MSUM's Angel Vega by major decision (13-3) to bring the Marauders within 7-4 in the dual.

The Dragons pushed the lead back to seven points, however, as junior Casey Williams beat Mary's Landon Della Silva 13-3 to earn the major decision victory.

"He did a great job," Nelson said. "He gave up the first takedown; after that he got an escape and continued to wrestle hard."

Mary won the next two matches at 157 and 165 by 3-2 scores to cut the Dragon lead to 11-10. However, redshirt freshman Jesse Puncochar got the Dragons back on track at 174 pounds with a hard-fought 7-6 win over Mary's Riley Nagel.

"It was a scrambling match with a lot of reversals," Nelson said. "Jesse ended up getting the win for us."

Mary won again at 184 to close the gap to 14-13 in the dual. However, the Dragons regained the momentum for good at 197, thanks to junior Matt Lewellen, who claimed a 7-3 win over Mary's Kriss McCleary.

"Matt Lewellen wrestled tough," Nelson said. "He was physical and wrestled the full seven minutes. He's getting back to wrestling the way he was at the beginning of the year."

Fugleberg then clinched the match in style for MSUM with a pin over Mary's Levi Roemmich.

"Gerad Fugleberg got the first takedown and put the guy in a near-side cradle and got the pin," Nelson said. "That was a good win for Gerad."

MSUM is back in action Thursday at Minot State.

"It'll be a good opportunity to go out and do the things they know how to do and get after it," Nelson said.

Results:
125-Mitch Dunlap (MSUM) dec. Jordan Eckholm (Mary), 7-3
133-Philippe Walker (MSUM) maj. dec. Hunter Menendez (Mary), 12-0
141-Trevor Johnson (Mary) maj. dec. Angel Vega (MSUM), 15-2
149-Casey Williams (MSUM) maj. dec. Landon Della Silva (Mary), 13-3
157-Jordan Engelhardt (Mary) dec. Marianno Portillo (MSUM), 3-2
165-Brock Krumm (Mary) dec. Kerron Williams (MSUM), 3-2
174-Jesse Puncochar (MSUM) dec. Riley Nagel (Mary), 7-6
184-Brady Anderson (Mary) dec. Lucas Moderow (MSUM), 9-3
197-Matt Lewellen (MSUM) dec. Kriss McCleary (Mary), 7-3
285-Gerad Fugleberg (MSUM) pinned Levi Roemmich (Mary), 1:21

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