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HAVRE, Mont. — The fourth-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team opened up the 2009-10 dual season with a 33-10 victory over 15th-ranked Montana State-Northern Thursday night.

The victory included two falls for SOU and an upset of a returning All-American.

SOU's top-ranked sophomore Mitchell Lofstedt opened up the dual with a pin in 2 minutes, 22 seconds against Montana State-Northern's Chase Dirden at 125 pounds.

Brian Jacob and Kyle Wirkuty followed that with back-to-back major decisions and then Jimmy Eggemeyer and Justin Mills had victories to set up the second SOU fall of the night.

Robby Mannenbach kept the rout on with a pin of Jim Smith in 2:37 at 165.

Austin Vanderford then had the victory of the night for the Raiders, upsetting fourth-ranked and returning All-American Austin Ouellette at 174.

Southern Oregon will battle ranked squads Missouri Valley (second), Great Falls (sixth) and Dickinson State (12th) today in Great Falls.

"We got huge wins from Robby at 165 and Austin upsetting an All-American was huge," said SOU head coach Mike Ritchey. "We will get tested again (today) going against three ranked teams."

SOU 33, Mont. State-Northern 10

125 — Mitchell Lofstedt, SOU, pinned Chase Dirden, 2:22; 133 — Brian Jacob, SOU, major dec. Ryan Shelstad, 12-4; 141 — Kyle Wirkuty, SOU, major dec. Steven Quesada, 14-4; 149 — Jimmy Eggemeyer, SOU, dec. Brandon Leliefield, 10-4; 157 — Justin Mills, SOU, dec. Tay Todd, 6-4.

165 — Robby Mannenbach, SOU, pinned Jim Smith, 2:37; 174 — Austin Vanderford, SOU, dec. Austin Ouellette, 5-4; 184 — Evan Hinebauch, MSUN, pinned Ethan Hinton, 3:29; 197 — Evan Mattingly, MSUN, major dec. John Harrison, 19-8; Hwt — John Bates, SOU, major dec. Jim Eavenson, 14-5.