MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team improved to 2-0 Thursday night when it defeated St. Olaf College 22-18 in a nonconference dual match at the Christen Family Wellness Center on the DWU campus.
The Tigers, ranked No. 16 in the NAIA, were down by two, 18-16, with two matches left in the dual. At 197 pounds, Jade Hoisington won a 5-3 decision to put Dakota Wesleyan up by single points, 19-18 , heading into the final match of the night. Eric Gruis and the Oles’ Zach Gibson were tied at 2 after one period, and Gruis went up 3-2 after an escape.
Gruis scored on a takedown late in the third period to go up 5-2, and gave up one point on an escape with 17 seconds left, but held off Gibson for the individual win and a team victory for the Tigers.
St. Olaf – ranked No. 19 in the NCAA Division III – started the match with a pin at 125 pounds, but Richard Rios came out and pinned his opponent in 43 seconds at 133 to tie the score at 6-6. The Oles won decisions at 141 and 149 pounds, but Trever DeVestern (157) won a 16-2 major decision and Kyle Gerlach (165) won by forfeit to put the Tigers up 16-12. St. Olaf won by decision at 184 and 197 pounds to go up 18-16 and set the Tigers up for their close win.
The Tigers are back in action Saturday, Nov. 17, when they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the Augsburg Open. Dakota Wesleyan is back at home Wednesday, Dec. 5, when it hosts Morningside College in its first Great Plains Athletic Conference dual of the year.