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No. 4 Raiders open with victory over No. 15 Montana State-Northern

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

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 2:22 pin of Montana State-Northern's Chase Dirden at 125 pounds.

Brian Jacob and Kyle Wirkuty followed that up 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.

Robert 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.

After dropping matches at 184 and 197, senior John Bates wrapped up the match for the Raiders with a 14-5 major decision victory at Heavyweight.

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

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

SOU 33, Montana State-Northern 10

125 - Mitchell Lofstedt (SOU) fall 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 - Robert Mannenbach (SOU) fall Jim Smith 2:37

174 - Austin Vanderford (SOU) dec. Austin Ouellette 5-4

184 - Evan Hinebauch (MSUN) fall Ethan Hinton 3:29

197 - Evan Mattingly (MSUN) major dec. John Harrison 19-8

Hwt - John Bates (SOU) major dec. Jim Eavenson 14-5