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Concordia edges MSU Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team suffered their first dual loss of the season on Tuesday night, falling to crosstown rival Concordia 22-18. Sophomore Preston Lehmann and freshman Cole Jones picked up pins for the Dragons.

The Dragons fell to 1-1 in duals while the Cobbers are now 1-0.

"We had a lot of guys not making stuff happen," MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said. "We were timid and not doing what we know how to do. We have to open up and start attacking more. Concordia wrestled more aggressive than we did."

The dual started at 133 pounds, where Concordia's Aaron Dick won a first period fall over MSUM redshirt freshman Aaron Sistrunk.

"That started the momentum in their favor," Nelson said.

The Dragons picked up their first win of the night at 141 pounds when Tommy Walton won a 5-1 decision over Adam Presler.

Concordia would take the next three matches, including a major decision at 157, to build a 15-6 advantage.

MSUM picked up another win at 174 pounds when Adam Blees won a 3-1 decision over Concordia's Jake Johnson. After Concordia's Jonah Lange won a hard-fought match at 184 over Dragon freshman Mitch Kotscheavar by a 5-3 score.

The Dragons picked up their first fall of the night at 197 pounds when Lehmann pinned Ethan Kimber in 4:02. MSUM's Cody Anderson dropped a 8-4 decision at 285 pounds before freshman Cole Jones won a fall in 2:09 over Jake Nohre to close the dual.

"There were some good points tonight," Nelson said. "At 184 we wrestled hard. Preston Lehmann came out and wrestled hard at 197. We were excited to see Cole Jones go out there; he wrestles aggressive all the time."

The Dragons will be back in competition this weekend, when they have wrestlers competing at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open and the Finn Grinaker Open hosted by Concordia. Their next home competition is Dec. 2, when they host the Dragon Open at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

Results:
133: Aaron Dick (CC) pinned Aaron Sistrunk, 1:31
141: Tommy Walton (MSUM) dec. Adam Presler, 5-1
149: Ty Johnson (CC) dec. Zach Scott, 8-3
157: Anthony Struntz (CC) maj. dec. Jonathan Hoffner, 11-3
165: Travis Deegan (CC) dec. Weston Dobler, 7-1
174: Adam Blees (MSUM) dec. Jake Johnson, 3-1
184: Jonah Lange (CC) dec. Mitch Kotschevar, 5-3
197: Preston Lehmann (MSUM) pinned Ethan Kimber, 4:02
285: Bryce Kallenbach (CC) dec. Cody Anderson, 8-4
125: Cole Jones (MSUM) pinned Jake Nohre, 2:09

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