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MSUM downs Northern State

ABERDEEN, S.D. -- The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team won eight of 10 weight classes on its way to a 32-8 win over Northern State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action Thursday night in Aberdeen, S.D.

MSUM improved to 6-6 overall and 1-4 in the NSIC with the win, while Northern State fell to 0-5 overall and 4-11 in the NSIC.

The Dragons scored bonus points at four weight classes -- 125, 133, 157 and 184 -- which proved pivotal in building a lead in the match. Although the Dragons won by forfeit at 285 as well, the dual was already clinched before that matchup.

Freshman Jared Goldsmith got the Dragons off to a good start at 125, earning an 11-3 major decision over Northern State's Ben Cauffman.

The MSUM lead grew to 9-0 after junior Blake Bosch, ranked No. 2 at 133 pounds, dominated Carson Henry for a 17-1 technical fall. Bosch has won 17 matches in a row and is 25-5 on the year.

Redshirt freshman Kristian Vazquez made it three in a row for MSUM in the lower weights with a 7-4 win over Matt Bettencourt at 141, giving MSUM a 12-0 lead.

Northern got on the board with a major decision win at 149 to cut the lead to 12-4. The Dragons won the next four matches to put the dual out of reach.

Junior Garret Hoffner got MSUM bonus points at 157 with an 11-3 major decision win over Blake Perryman. Freshman Adam Blees followed with a 9-3 win over Grant Steen at 165 for MSUM, and freshman Brayden Kuntz earned an 8-5 win over Ayden Garcia at 174 for the Dragons.

Freshman Austin May had an impressive showing at 184 for the Dragons, picking up a 17-5 win over David Murphy to push the lead to 26-4 and clinch the dual win for MSUM.

The Wolves won by major decision at 197 and the Dragons won by forfeit at 285 to conclude the dual.

MSUM hosts the University of Mary on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Nemzek Fieldhouse.

Results:
125-Jared Goldsmith (MSUM) maj. dec. Ben Cauffman, 11-3
133-Blake Bosch (MSUM) tech. fall Carson Henry, 17-1
141-Kristian Vazquez (MSUM) dec. Matt Bettencourt, 7-4
149-Tyler Stenberg (NSU) maj. dec. Isaac Novacek, 15-4
157-Garret Hoffner (MSUM) maj. dec. Blake Perryman, 11-3
165-Adam Blees (MSUM) dec. Grant Steen, 9-3
174-Brayden Kuntz (MSUM) dec. Ayden Garcia, 8-5
184-Austin May (MSUM) maj. dec. David Murphy, 17-5
197-Joe Gomez (N) maj. dec. Mike Urban, 10-1
285-Nader Abdullatif (MSUM) won by forfeit

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