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Top-ranked St. Cloud State blanks Dragon wrestlers

MOORHEAD—The Minnesota State Moorhead wrestling team lost to conference rival and No. 1-ranked St. Cloud State 45-0 Thursday night at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

The Dragons are now 1-7 and 0-5 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference while St. Cloud State is now 16-0 overall and 5-0 in the league.

The dual started at 125 pounds, where Dragon freshman Cole Jones battled No. 5 Brett Velasquez, but Velasquez was able to pull out an 8-5 decision. Dragon junior Weston Dobler nearly won his match at 165 pounds, but a late takedown by St. Cloud's Devin Fitzpatrick sealed a 3-2 victory.

125: Velasquez (SCSU) dec. Jones 8-5. 133: Hall (SCSU) maj. dec. Hutchison 14-4. 141: Oftedahl (SCSU) pinned Scott 2:11. 149: Pleski (SCSU) tech. Fall Byklum 24-8, 5:36. 157: Stolarzyk (SCSU) maj. dec. Freeman 16-2. 165: Fitzpatrick (SCSU) dec. Dobler 3-2. 174: Eischens (SCSU) tech. fall Blees 18-3, 5:59. 184: Nelson (SCSU) dec. Kotschevar 10-4. 197: Dietz (SCSU) pinned Lehmann 1:59. 285: Phillips (SCSU) pinned Magnuson 1:05.

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