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DWU’s Mito Mendivil, left wrestles Midland’s Chauncey Ziemann, right, during a 141-pound match at the DWU triangular Thursday at the Christen Wellness Center in Mitchell. (Aaron Saunders/Republic )

Just one match stood between the Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team and a sweep of the DWU triangular Thursday at the Christen Family Wellness Center.

The match was a 133-pound contest between Concordia’s Emilio Rivera and Wesleyan’s Richard Rios. Coming into the final match of the evening, DWU held an 18-16 lead. But it was Concordia who would have the final say, as Rivera defeated Rios by decision to give Concordia a 19-18 win over Wesleyan.

“It was just a barn burner of a dual,” DWU wrestling coach Matt Sedivy said. “We had Richard Rios in the final match. He didn’t end up winning, but I have as much trust as I have in anyone else. I am disappointed for the guys but I am not disappointed in the guys. They wrestled hard today.”

The Tiger loss was their first of the season in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Wesleyan (8-6, 4-1 GPAC) beat Midland University 25-12 in the team’s first dual of the evening.

The win over Midland was the first time in school history the Tigers have defeated the Warriors in conference play.

“We knew these were going to be tough duals today,” Sedivy said. “We knew it was going to take something special to win.”

Leading the way for Wesleyan Thursday was Trever DeVestern and Tyler Sarringar. Each wrestler won both of their matches. Sarringar pinned Conor Hovey of Midland and Kale Hintz of Concordia. DeVestern earned a major-decision victory over Aaron Hovey of Midland, before pinning Tommy Bailey of Concordia.

“Both of those guys did a good job,” Sedivy said. “We knew going in that they had an opportunity to get bonus points. They put the pressure on to get the bonus points and I couldn’t say enough about their effort. They put us in position to win today.”

The Tigers hit the mat again at the Briar Cliff Open Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa.