JACKSON, Minn. – The Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team wrestled three dual meets against three solid teams Friday afternoon in Jackson, Minn. The Tigers faced NCAA Division I Air Force Academy, NCAA Division II Augustana College and Great Plains Athletic Conference rival Northwestern College.
Dakota Wesleyan started the afternoon against the Air Force Academy. The Air Force beat the Tigers 46-0. The Air Force Academy won three pins and one technical fall. Richard Rios and Eric Gruis both came within three points of their opponents before giving up 5-2 decisions at 133 pounds and heavyweight, respectively.
In its second match of the day, Dakota Wesleyan fell 44-6 to Augustana. The Vikings, ranked No. 14 in the NCAA Division II, picked up four pins, one technical fall and one forfeit. Gruis picked up the Tigers’ only win of the dual when he won by forfeit.
DWU picked up a win in its third and final match of the day against Northwestern. Zach Nelson started the dual by winning a forfeit at 125 pounds, and Rios won a 10-1 major decision at 133 pounds. The Red Raiders won by pin at 141 pounds, but Dusty Paulsen pinned his opponent at 149 pounds and Trever DeVestern won an 11-0 major decision at 157 pounds to put the Tigers up 20-6.
Northwestern won an 8-3 decision at 165 pounds, but Tyler Sarringar and Kyle Hoisington both won by decision to extend the Tigers’ lead. Sarringar won a 6-2 decision at 174 pounds and Hoisington won a 7-6 decision at 184 pounds. Northwestern picked up one last win, a decision at 197 pounds, and Gruis ended the dual with a win by forfeit at heavyweight.
Dakota Wesleyan is off until Saturday, Jan. 5, when it travels to Fremont, Neb., for the Viking-Warrior Open.