SMSU places eight, including two champions at Concordia Open

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State had eight place winners, including a pair of individual champions at the Concordia-Moorhead Open in Moorhead, Minn., on Saturday.

In the Gold Division (Upper Classmen), Jacob Begin won the 165 lbs. class with a 4-0 record, while in the Maroon Division (Freshman) Terrance Maier went 3-0 at 174 lbs. to capture the title.

Justin Reinsma (133), Travis Peralta (184), Martin Hagen (197) and Todd Klemz (285) all placed in the top six of the Gold Division with Hagen earning a second place finish.

In the Maroon Division, Beau Buysse (141) and Blaine Miller (157) both placed, with Buysse earning second place.

At 165 lbs., Begin opened with a 13-2 major decision over John Nething from South Dakota State. He then earned a 10-3 victory over Tyrell Martin, wrestling unattached, before picking up a 20-2 win the semifinals over Riley Banach from Northern Iowa. In the finals, Begin scored a 6-2 victory over Jacob Bennett from MSU Moorhead.

At 133 lbs., Justin Reinsma took home fourth place with a 2-2 record. He defeated Dylan Wright of St. Cloud State 5-1 and then earned a 9-3 decision over Daniel Taylor of Jamestown in the quarterfinals. He then lost to eventual champion Ryan Jauch of Northern Iowa 20-4 and to Andy Pokorny of St. Cloud State by fall in the third place match.

At 125 lbs., Justin Stevens, wrestling unattached, finished 0-2.

At the 141 lbs class, Devin Terry finished 1-2, losing in the first round, before defeating Brandon Bigelbach of the University of Minnesota 10-6. He then dropped a 17-4 major decision to Matt Nelson of St. Cloud State. Ethan Hildenbrandt, wrestling unattached, dropped both of his matches.

At 149 lbs., Codie Lane dropped both of his matches.

Travis Peralta, wrestling unattached, earned fourth place at 184 lbs. He defeated Brady Anderson over the University of Mary in the quarterfinals, before losing 10-2 to Ryan Loder of Northern Iowa in the semifinals and Kallen Kleinschmidt from North Dakota State in the third place match.

Micah Larson earned a win by fall in the first round, before losing his two matches to finish 1-2 at 184.

At 197 lbs., Martin Hagen, wrestling unattached, finished 3-1 to take home second place. He opened with a 13-6 win over Blaize Cabell from Northern Iowa, before picking up a 7-4 victory over Josh Conrath of St. Cloud State in the quarterfinals. He then advanced to the finals with a 9-7 win over Mic Berg from St. Cloud State. In the finals, he dropped a 4-1 decision to Luke Munkelwitz from St. Cloud State.

Andrew Rodas finished 1-2 at 197, opening with a 2-0 victory over Brandon Manderschied from MSU Moorhead.

At 285, Todd Klemz earned sixth place honors, finishing with a 1-2 record. After falling 6-3 to Jose Lopez from Dickinson State in the quarterfinals, he earned a win by fall over Derek Carlson from Ridgewater. In the fifth place match, he lost 11-2 to Cody Krumweide from Northern Iowa.

In the Maroon Division (Freshman), at 141 lbs., Beau Buysse earned three straight victories to advance to the finals. In the first round he picked up a 5-2 win over Kirby Kain of Minot State, before picking up a 7-3 win over Chris Halblom from Northern Iowa. In the semifinals, Buysse earned a tight 4-3 victory over Klinton Van Heuelin from Ridgewater, before falling 4-1 in the finals to Brady Johnshoy of St. Cloud State.

At 149 lbs., Josh Anderson, wrestling unattached, lost his first match, then picked up two straight victories, before losing his final match of the day to finish 2-2.

At 157 lbs, Blain Miller defeated Michael Downham from Ridgewater in the quarterfinals, before losing by fall to Marcus Bausmann from Minot State in the semifinals. Miller then captured third place defeating Isaiah Erickson from St. Cloud State.

At 174 lbs., Terrance Maier defeated Elliot Wirkler from Northern State 7-4, before moving into the finals with a 7-1 win over Christian Harrison of Concordia College. He then completed the title run with a 7-6 decision over Sebastian Gardner from Concordia College.

Southwest Minnesota State will open its dual match season on Nov. 30, hosting St. Olaf College.

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