SDSU has two Quality Hotel Open champions

The South Dakota State wrestling team sent wrestlers to the Quality Hotel Open and won two championships.

Troy Morisette and Trey Hable won championships at the 174- and 184-pound weight classes, respectively. Will James (141), Ben Schwery (165) and Hunter Weddington (184) placed, as well.

SDSU JackrabbitsMorisette opened the day with a 10-1 major decision versus Logan Henning (Augustana) and scored a pin in 3:51 versus Kale Hintz (Concordia) in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Morisette battled Drake Fanslau (Augustana) and won by the narrowest of margins, a 1-0 decision to advance to the finals. In the 174-pound first-place match, Morisette dominated Tanner Sturgeon (Nebraska-Kearney) to the tune of a 15-5 major decision for the Jacks’ first title of the day.

Hable opened his day in the semifinals after a first-round bye and dominated the field for his title. Hable pinned Shawn Walmer (USAFA Prep) in less than one minute to advance to the finals. In the 184-pound first-place match, Hable wasted no time and pinned Matt Atwood (Bethany) in 1:44 for SDSU’s second title at the open.

In addition to Morisette and Hable, three other SDSU wrestlers placed.

Will James rebounded from a first-round, 8-6 loss to finish fourth at 141 pounds. James posted three-straight wins, paired with a medical forfeit, to place. James defeated Klay Kasik (Nebraska-Kearney) by 8-6 decision, Cameron Mettenbrink (Hastings) by pin and avenged his first-round loss to Steven Gutschenritter (Buenva Vista) by 7-0 decision. In the third-place match, James wrestled hard, but was pinned in the third period.

Ben Schwery opened the day with two pins at 165, first versus Jayson Holechek (Midland) and next versus Travis Leiskau (Nebraska-Kearney). In the semifinal, Schwery dropped a 9-4 decision, but rebounded in the wrestleback semifinals with his third pin of the day, once again versus Holechek. In the third-place match, Leiskau avenged his quarterfinal loss and pushed Schwery to fourth by 10-4 decision.

Hunter Weddington, who wrestled in the same weight class as SDSU champion Hable, finished fourth, as well. Weddington dropped the quarterfinal match in tie breaker – 2, but came back with two wins in the consolation bracket to advance to the third-place match. Weddington won by third-period pin versus Tom Baron Von Vietinghoff-Scheel (USAFA Prep) and 4-1 decision versus Shawn Walmer (USAFA Prep). Samuel Tilley (Jamestown) pinned Weddington in the third-place match.

Quality Hotel Open Results

SDSU Wrestler Results:

Quarterfinal – Anthony Livengood (Unattached) won by decision Eric Orozco, 8-1
Cons. Round 3 – Cameron Mennenoh (Buena Vista) won by decision Eric Orozco, 2-0

Champ. Round 1 – Chris Caton (USAFA Prep) won by tech fall Tyler Johnson, 19-3
Cons. Round 1 – Brett LaBudda (Nebraska-Kearney) won by decision Tyler Johnson, 8-7

Champ. Round 1 – Steven Gutschenritter (Buena Vista) won by decision Will James, 8-6
Cons. Round 1 – Will James won by decision Klay Kasik (Nebraska-Kearney), 8-6
Cons. Round 2 – Will James won by medical forfeit Dillon Kifer (Jamestown)
Cons. Round 3 – Will James won by pin Cameron Mettenbrink (Hastings (Neb.)), 0:42
Cons. Semi – Will James won by decision Steven Gutschenritter (Buena Vista), 7-0
3rd Place Match – Blake Fruchtl (Hastings (Neb.)) won by pin Will James, 6:37

Champ. Round 1 – Ben Schwery won by pin Jayson Holechek (Midland), 4:57
Quarterfinal – Ben Schwery won by pin Travis Leiskau (Nebraska-Kearney), 4:11
Semifinal – Patrick Nord (Jamestown) won by decision Ben Schwery, 9-4
Cons. Semi – Ben Schwery won by pin Jayson Holechek (Midland), 1:32
3rd Place Match – Travis Leiskau (Nebraska-Kearney) won by decision Ben Schwery, 10-4

Quarterfinal – Mitchell Rechtzigel (Augustana) won by pin Wesley Grew, 5:56
Cons. Round 2 – Jayson Holechek (Midland) won by decision Wesley Grew, 8-4

Champ. Round 1 – Troy Morisette won by major decision Logan Henning (Augustana), 10-1
Quarterfinal – Troy Morisette won by pin Kale Hintz (Concordia), 3:51
Semifinal – Troy Morisette won by decision Drake Fanslau (Augustana), 1-0
1st Place Match – Troy Morisette won by major decision Tanner Sturgeon (Nebraska-Kearney), 15-5

Quarterfinal – Matt Atwood (Bethany (Kan.)) won in tie breaker – 2 Hunter Weddington, 4-2
Cons. Round 1 – Hunter Weddington won by pin Tom Baron Von Vietinghoff-Scheel (USAFA Prep), 6:48
Cons. Semi – Hunter Weddington won by decision Shawn Walmer (USAFA Prep), 4-1
3rd Place Match – Samuel Tilley (Jamestown) won by pin Hunter Weddington, 2:23

Semifinal – Trey Hable won by pin Shawn Walmer (USAFA Prep), 0:41
1st Place Match – Trey Hable won by pin Matt Atwood (Bethany (Kan.)), 1:44