Meyer earns title as six Huskies place at Don Parker Open

Tyson Meyer wins 184-pound division as six Huskies earn placements in Eau Claire

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – No. 5 St. Cloud State Wrestling placed six wrestlers and saw Tyson Meyer earn a title at the highly-competitive Don Parker Open hosted by UW-Eau Claire. Most Huskies competed unattached at the Open as redshirting wrestlers enjoyed an opportunity to compete while key reserves stayed fresh with matches ahead of the final stretch of March.

Tyson Meyer enjoyed a strong performance at 184 pounds, going 4-0 to win the title with a fall of Logan Hennen in the quarterfinal. Robby Horsman gave SCSU a second top-three finish at 133, going 3-1 with a fall of North Dakota State’s Julian Perez in the quarterfinal on his way to third place.

Isaac Grams placed sixth at 197, going 2-2 with a fall and a major decision. Nolan Throne took sixth at 149 with a 3-2 performance. Luke Studer went 3-2 at 149 to take seventh with one major decision, while Wyatt Abele added a 3-2 day at 157 to place seventh with a fall and a major decision.

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Augustana 25, Minnesota State 10

Minnesota State Drops Dual to No. 14 Augustana

Sioux Falls, S.D. – Fourteenth-ranked Augustana picked up five victories via decision as it downed Minnesota State, 25-10, Saturday evening in NSIC wrestling action.

Minnesota State freshman Kole Marko opened the night with an 8-3 decision at 165. Augustana answered with a pair of decisions and a major decision before senior 285-pounder Darrell Mason closed the team gap with a decision win of 5-1, cutting the Augustana lead to 10-6.

Dropping back down to the lower weights, the Vikings received a forfeit at 125 pounds and then followed it up with back-to-back decision wins.

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North Dakota State 23, Northern Colorado 15

Bison Close Strong for Win at Northern Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. – The No. 13/16 North Dakota State Bison overcame an early deficit with a strong second-half performance to defeat Northern Colorado 23-15 Saturday night at the Bank of Colorado Arena.

After #16 Stevo Poulin picked up a tech fall to defeat Carlos Negrete Jr. in the opening match at 125, McGwire Midkiff scored the first points of the evening for the Bison with a 4-1 win over Jace Koelzer at 133 pounds. Midkiff scored a takedown in the first and rode Koelzer for the entire second period to take control. He would add his escape and riding time point in the third for the victory.

The Bears would add another bonus point victory as #1 Andrew Alirez defeated #31 Dylan Droegemueller at 141 pounds with a major decision, 13-5.

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Myles Wins Consolation Title in Return to the Mat for SJU

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – A familiar face and a new one placed for Saint John’s wrestling at Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Don Parker Open on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Sophomore D.J. Myles (Dayton, Minn./Champlin Park) won the consolation title with a 4-1 record at 197 pounds – his first competitive matches since Dec. 3 due to injury – to lead SJU. His lone loss, which came in the second round, was to a Division I wrestler. Myles bounced back with three straight wins: a forfeit, pin and major decision.

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Rogotzke wins at Don Parker Open

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Roman Rogotzke claimed the 197-pound title and Cody Donnelly placed third in the same weight class to lead a group of South Dakota State wrestlers Saturday at the Don Parker Open.

A redshirt freshman from Stillwater, Minnesota, Rogotzke posted a 3-0 record on the day, culminating with a 12-7 victory over Kolby Franklin of Iowa in the championship match. After receiving an opening-round bye, Rogotzke pinned D.J. Myles of St. John’s (Minn.) in the first period of his first match of the day, then followed with an 11-5 decision over Minnesota State’s Josh Piechowski.

Donnelly, a redshirt freshman from Philip, tallied a 2-1 record, with his only blemish a 6-4 setback at the hands of Franklin in the semifinals. Donnelly was dominant in his first two matches, turning in an 18-3 technical fall against Luther’s Jacob Steenhoek, followed by a first-period fall over Wisconsin’s Michael Tal-Shahar.

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A memorable day in Pine Island: Panthers host largest girls-only wrestling meet in state history

More than 260 girls competed at the second annual girls-only tournament in Pine Island on Saturday — one not many will forget anytime soon.

PINE ISLAND — In what had already been a remarkable past few months for the sport of girls wrestling in Minnesota, Saturday may have been the icing on the cake.

Female wrestlers from as far north as Bemidji and as far west as Ortonville came to Pine Island High School for the second Pine Island Girls Wrestling Tournament to compete and make history.

According to tournament organizer and Pine Island wrestling board member Jason Elsmore, with more than 260 wrestlers and more than 60 schools represented, the event is the largest girls-only wrestling invitational in state history. Continue reading at →