Mavericks Battle at Reno Tournament of Champions

Reno, Nevada — Minnesota State traveled to the Silver State to compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions. Dubbed as the “toughest tournament in the USA,” MSU finished in 19th-place with many of the nation’s top programs represented at the RTOC.

MSU-Mankato MavericksSophomore Drew Lexvold started 3-0 on the day with a 15-1 major decision over Glen Terrano (Utah Valley), an 8-5 decision over Zach Kechter (Appalachian State) and a pin of Kagan Squire (Ohio) at 4:43. Lexvold’s day came to an end with back-to-back losses to Michael Mangrum (Oregon State) and Avery Garner (Utah Valley).

Freshman Alphonso Vruno opened the tournament with an 19-2 tech fall over Tanner Bidelspach (Campbell) and an 18-5 major decision over Miguel Batlazer (Southern Oregon). Vruno lost back-to-back matches against Brandon Fitfield (Michigan State) 3-2 and Ian Nickell (Cal State Bakersfield) 6-4.

Freshman Thomas Allen (149 lbs) went 2-2 on the day. Allen’s wins came via pins of Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State) at 5:33 and Dalton Kelley (Cal State Bakersfield) at 1:36.

Junior David Demo (125 lbs) went 0-2 on the day at the RTOC. Demo lost to Jerry Huff (Adams State) 8-3 and Kevin Powell (Ohio) 7-4.

Freshman Sawyer Hoffman and Alex Folk both went 0-2 in the 157 lbs weight class. Hoffman fell to Jason Luster (West Virginia) at 1:43 and lost a 6-4 decision to Bobby Ward (Grand Canyon). Folk fell to Chris Castillo (Boise State) at 0:47 and a 9-2 decision over Nico Martinez (Missouri Valley).

Cody Quinn (165 lbs) opened the tournament with a 16-0 tech fall over Connor King (Cal Poly) before dropping his next two matches. Quinn lost a 3-0 decision to Taylor West (Boise State) and was pinned by Seth Thomas (Oregon State) at 1:21.

Senior Nathan Haynes (197 lbs) fell to Taylor Johnson (Southern Oregon) at 4:30 and lost to Marshall Haas (The Citadel) 7-5 in an elimination match to end his day.

Junior Corby Running (285 lbs) lost a 6-1 decision to Peter Angiuano (Grand Canyon) and a 3-1 decision to Brendan TerWee (Stanford) in an elimination match.

Minnesota State will compete on January 12-13 in the NWCA National Duals in Springfield, Ill.


Team Score:
19th Minnesota State 23 points

#David Demo# (125 lbs)
Jerry Huff (Adams State) 8-3 decision over Demo
Kevin Powell (Ohio) 7-4 decision over Demo

#Alphonso Vruno# (133 lbs)
Vruno 18-2 tech fall over Tanner Bidelspach (Campbell)
Vruno 18-5 major decision over Miguel Baltazar (Southern Oregon)
Brandon Fifield (Michigan State) 3-2 decision over Vruno
Brandon Fifield (Michigan State) 3-2 decision over Vruno
Ian Nickell (Cal State Bakersfield) 6-4 decision over Vruno

#Drew Lexvold# (141 lbs)
Lexvold 15-1 major decision over Glen Terrano (Utah Valley)
Lexold 8-5 decision over Zachary Kechter (Appalachian State)
Lexvold pins Kagan Squire (Ohio) at 4:43
Michael Mangrum (Oregon State) 10-1 major decision over Lexvold
Avery Garner (Utah Valley) pins Lexvold at 4:09

#Thomas Allen# (149 lbs)
Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State) pins Allen at 5:33
Allen pins Michael Herrera (Cal State Bakersfield) at 1:09
Allen 6-4 decision over Damien Arredondo (Cal Poly)
Dalton Kelley (Cal State Bakersfield) pins Allen at 1:36

#Sawyer Hoffman# (157 lbs)
Jason Luster (West Virginia) pins Hoffman at 1:43
Bobby Ward (Grand Canyon) 6-4 decision over Hoffman

#Alex Folk# (157 lbs)
Chris Castillo (Boise State) pins Folk at 0:47
Nico Martinez (Missouri Valley) 9-2 decision over Folk

#Cody Quinn# (165 lbs)
Quinn 16-0 tech fall over Connor King (Cal Poly)
Taylor West (Boise State) 3-0 decision over Quinn
Seth Thomas (Oregon State) pins Quinn at 1:21

#Brendan Eichmann# (174 lbs)
Patrick David (NC State) 11-5 decision over Eichmann
Eichmann 8-5 decision over Cody Weishoff (Oregon State)
Eichmann 16-5 decision over Jack Duane (The Citadel)
Eichmann 4-1 decision over Tommy Kimbrell (Stanford)
Austin Morehead (Oregon State) 11-3 major decision over Eichmann

#Nathan Haynes# (197 lbs)
Taylor Johnson (Southern Oregon) pins Haynes at 4:30
Marshall Haas (The Citadel) 7-5 decision over Haynes

#Corby Running# (285 lbs)
Peter Angiuano (Grand Canyon) 6-1 decision over Running
Brendan TerWee (Stanford) 3-1 decision over Running