Four SMSU wrestlers punch tickets to NCAA tournament

EDMOND, Okla. – Four Southwest Minnesota State wrestlers punched their NCAA tournament qualifying ticket on day two of the NCAA Central Super Regional hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma. The top five wrestlers at each weight class qualify for the tournament that will be held March 14-15, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kyle Begin became the first wrestler to qualify for the NCAA tournament by winning his first three bouts at the Super Regional. Begin fell in the championship bout to (3) Chris Watson (UCO). Begin won the 174 pound crown last year at the Super Region 3 tournament. Justin Reinsma also qualified at 133 pounds with five wins and two losses to place fourth. It marks the third straight season Reinsma has qualified for the NCAA tournament. Jacob Begin (174) was the third Mustang to qualify as he earned a third place finish by defeated (7) Connor Monk (MSUM) by technical fall-5 at 4:54 15-0. Begin qualified for the NCAA tournament last year at 165 pounds. Cole Wilson avenged an earlier season loss to (3) Logan Hopp (UIU) with a 4-0 decision in the consolation semifinals. The win qualified the 285-pounder for  his first NCAA tournament as he went on to place fourth.

Travis Peralta, a national qualifier at 184 last season, went 1-2 and was eliminated on the first day. Peralta, the No. 7 seed, was eliminated by Matthew Lewellen (MSUM) in the consolation second round after winning his first bout and falling in the championship second round.

Antonio Meikel (125), Ethan Hildebrandt (141), Beau Buysse (149), Codie Lane (157), Peralta (184), and Micah Larson (197) were eliminated at their respective weight classes.

The top five wrestlers in each weight bracket advanced to the NCAA tournament in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 14-15.

See below for individual results or visit the tournament page to see the individual brackets and team standings.

Pigtail Results (Friday, Feb. 28)
133: (5) Justin Reinsma (SMSU) won by decision 8-4 over (17) Kris Workman (Newman)

First Round Results (Friday, Feb. 28)
125: (7) Blake Bosch (MSUM) won by major decision 9-0 over (10) Antonio Meikel (SMSU)
133: (5) Justin Reinsma (SMSU) won by decision 6-3 over (12) Shane Novak (MSUM)
141: (1) Joshua Myers (OBU) won by fall at 4:38 over (16) Ethan Hildebrandt
149: (6) Jay Hildreth (SCSU) won by major decision 12-2 over (11) Beau Buysse (SMSU)
157: (3) Clint Poser (SCSU) won by major decision 9-0 over (14) Codie Lane (SMSU)
165: (1) Kyle Begin (SMSU) won by decision 8-2 over (16) Devon Fenstermaker (TSU)
174: (3) Jacob Begin (SMSU) won by major decision 14-3 over (14) Anthony Navarro (NSU)
184: (7) Travis Peralta (SMSU) won by decision 5-1 over (10) Josh Ploof (UCM)
197: (8) Micah Larson (SMSU) won by decision 6-0 over (9) Justin Rentschler (TSU)
285: (10) Michael Lowman (AUGIE) won by decision 5-2 over (7) Cole Wilson (SMSU)

Championship Bracket
Quarterfinals (Friday, Feb. 28):
133: (4) Daniel DeShazer (UNK) won by sudden victory 5-3 over (5) Justin Reinsma (SMSU)
165: (1) Kyle Begin (SMSU) won by major decision 11-3 over (8) Luke Roth (LIND)
174: (6) Josh Rodriguez (FHSU) won by sudden victory 1 3-1 over (3) Jacob Begin (SMSU)
184: (2) John McArdle (LIND) won by decision 9-4 over (7) Travis Peralta (SMSU)
197: (1) Romero Cotton (UNK) won by fall over (8) Micah Larson (SMSU) at 4:34

Semifinals (Saturday, March 1):
165: (1) Kyle Begin (SMSU) won by decision 9-4 over. (5) Ty Loethen (UCM)

Championship (Saturday, March 1):
165: (3) Chris Watson (UCO) won by decision 8-3 over (1) Kyle Begin (SMSU)


Wrestle-Backs:
First Round (Friday, Feb. 28):
125: (10) Antonio Meikel (SMSU) won by fall at 2:27 over (15) Antonio Patterson (Minot State)
141: (8) Dustin Reed (UCO) won by major decision 12-4 over (16) Ethan Hildebrandt (SMSU); Hildebrandt eliminated
149: (14) Isaac Novacek (MSUM) won by major decision 16-7 over (11) Beau Buysse (SMSU); Buysse eliminated
157: (17) Brennan Johnson (UCM) won by decision 5-3 over (14) Codie Lane (SMSU); Lane eliminated
285: (7) Cole Wilson (SMSU) won by decision 3-1 over(15) Jonah Westbury (U-MARY)

Second Round (Friday, Feb. 28):
125: Bout 176: (8) Josh Breece (UCO) won by fall at :52 over (10) Antonio Meikel (SMSU); Meikel eliminated
133: (5) Justin Reinsma (SMSU) won by fall at 4:04 over (11) Symon Seaton (FHSU)
174: (3) Jacob Begin (SMSU) won by fall at 2:34 over (13) Chase Wrisinger (TSU)
184: (15) Matthew Lewellen (MSUM) won by decision 3-2 over (7) Travis Peralta (SMSU); Peralta eliminated
197:(8) Micah Larson (SMSU) won by decision 11-6 over (10) O’Dell Lee (OBU)
285: (7) Cole Wilson (SMSU) won by fall at 2:44 over (16) Gerad Fugleberg (MSUM)

Quarterfinals (Saturday, March 1):
133: (5) Justin Reinsma (SMSU) won by decision 14-9 over (8) Morgan Engbrecht (AUGIE)
174: (3) Jacob Begin (SMSU) won by fall at 4:15 over (16) Parker Swanson (AUGIE)
197: (5) Joe Gomez (NSU) won by fall at 5:48 over. (8) Micah Larson (SMSU); Larson eliminated
285: (7) Cole Wilson (SMSU) won by fall at 6:52 over (5) Cody Dauphin (UCO)

Semifinals (Saturday, March 1):
133: (5) Justin Reinsma (SMSU) won by fall at 4:48 over (6) Matt Paulus (UIU)
174: (3) Jacob Begin (SMSU) won by decision 8-6 (5) Clayton Jennissen (SCSU)
285: (7) Cole Wilson (SMSU) won by decision 4-0 over (3) Logan Hopp (UIU)

Third Place (Saturday, March 1):
133: (3) Casy Rowell (UCO) won by decision 8-1 over (5) Justin Reinsma (SMSU)
174: (3) Jacob Begin (SMSU) won by technical fall-5 15-0 at 4:54 over (7) Connor Monk (MSUM)
285: (1) Austin Goergen (SCSU) won by major decision 10-0 over (7) Cole Wilson (SMSU)


SMSU Individual Records at Regional:
125: Antonio Meikel 1-2 (eliminated)
133: Justin Reinsma 5-2* | 4th place
141: Ethan Hildebrandt 0-2 (eliminated)
149: Beau Buysse 0-2 (eliminated)
157: Codie Lane 0-2 (eliminated)
165: Kyle Begin 3-1* | 2nd place
174: Jacob Begin 5-1* | 3rd place

184: Travis Peralta 1-2 (eliminated)
197: Micah Larson 2-2 (eliminated)
285: Cole Wilson 4-2* | 4th place

*Claimed NCAA Nationals berth in Cleveland, Ohio, March 14-15.

 

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