Dragon’s Novak and Joseph Win Titles at Jimmie Open

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Freshman Shane Novak and junior Michael Joseph each won their respective weight classes to lead the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team at the Jimmie Open, which was held on Saturday in Jamestown, N.D.

No team scores were kept at the meet.

MSU-Moorhead DragonsNovak, competing unattached at 125 pounds, went 3-0 on the day. He opened with a pin of Phillip Johnson (unattached) in 1:41, and followed with a 6-4 win over Hunter Menendez of Mary. In the finals, he pinned Dickinson State’s Deshun Haynes in 3:56. Novak is now 5-5 on the year.

Joseph, who leads the Dragons with a 16-6 mark so far, went 4-0 on the day to claim the title at 174 pounds. He beat Mary’s John Devito, 6-3 to open the tournament and then beat Vaughn Monreal-Berner of Southwest Minnesota State by technical fall (21-4). He then topped Tyler Brown of Dickinson State in the semifinals, 5-3 and then beat Tiger Paasch of Minot State by injury default in the championship.

Senior Matt Lewellen (14-6) continued his strong start to the season with a runner-up finish at 184 pounds. He opened with a 6-2 win over Lane Oversen and then won by pin in the second round. He beat Andrew Rodas of SMSU, 8-5 before falling to Travis Peralta of SMSU, 7-6 in the finals.

Junior Connor Monk (4-6) placed fourth at 174 pounds after going 3-2 on the day. He opened with a pin of SMSU’s Ashton Bartlett in 1:39, and then beat unattached wrestler Michael Nord by technical fall in 17-0. Monk lost to Paasch, 12-5 in the semifinals and then won by disqualification in the consolation semifinals. Monk was pinned by Dickinson State’s Brown in the third-place match.

Freshmen Tyler Schlosser (197 pounds) and Kyle Johnson (competing unattached at 285) each went 3-2 at their respective weight classes and placed fifth.

Next action for MSUM is the Dragon Open, which will be held Dec. 7 at Nezmek Fieldhouse in Moorhead. More than a dozen teams are expected to compete at the event, which is the first home action for the Dragons.

Jimmie Open results

Jimmie Open Results for MSU-Moorhead:
125 – Shane Novak (3-0, 1st place, competing unattached)
Quarterfinal – Shane Novak (MSU-Moorhead) won by fall over Phillip Johnson (Unattached) (Fall 1:41)
Semifinal – Shane Novak (MSU-Moorhead) won by decision over Hunter Menendez (Mary) (Dec 6-4)
Championship – Shane Novak (MSU-Moorhead) won by fall over Deshun Haynes (Dickinson State) (Fall 3:56)

157 – Dan Murakami (1-2, no place)
First round – Daniel Murakami (MSU-Moorhead) won by decision over Jake Paul (Unattached) (Dec 2-0)
Quarterfinal – Grant Nehring (Unattached) won by decision over Daniel Murakami (MSU-Moorhead) (Dec 6-3)
Consolation round – Matt Meyer (Ridgewater) won by decision over Daniel Murakami (MSU-Moorhead) (Dec 12-6)

174 – Connor Monk (3-2, 4th place)
Champ. Round 1 – Connor Monk (MSU-Moorhead) won by fall over Ashton Bartlett (Southwest Minnesota ) (Fall 1:39)
Quarterfinal – Connor Monk (MSU-Moorhead) won by tech fall over Michael Nord (Unattached) (TF 17-0)
Semifinal – Tiger Paasch (Minot State University) won by decision over Connor Monk (MSU-Moorhead) (Dec 12-5)
Cons. Semi – Conneo Monk (MSU-Moorhead) won by disqualification over Jaykob Miller (Jamestown College, ND) (DQ)
3rd Place Match – Tyler Brown (Dickinson State) won by fall over Conner Monk (MSU-Moorhead) (Fall 1:46)

174 – Michael Joseph (4-0, 1st place)
Champ. Round 1 – Michael Joseph (MSU-Moorhead) won by decision over John Devito (Mary) (Dec 6-3)
Quarterfinal – Michael Joseph (MSU-Moorhead) won by tech fall over Vaughn Monreal-Berner (Southwest Minnesota ) (TF 21-4)
Semifinal – Michael Joseph (MSU-Moorhead) won by decision over Tyler Brown (Dickinson State) (Dec 5-3)
1st Place Match – Michael Joseph (MSU-Moorhead) won by injury default over Tiger Paasch (Minot State University) (Inj. 3:57)

184 – Matt Lewellen (3-1, 2nd place)
Champ. Round 1 – Matthew Lewellen (MSU-Moorhead) won by decision over Lane Oversen (Dickinson State) (Dec 6-2)
Quarterfinal – Matthew Lewellen (MSU-Moorhead) won by fall over Christopher Bascon (unattached) (Fall 2:20)
Semifinal – Matthew Lewellen (MSU-Moorhead) won by decision over Andrew Rodas (Southwest Minnesota ) (Dec 8-5)
1st Place Match – Travis Peralta (Southwest Minnesota ) won by decision over Matthew Lewellen (MSU-Moorhead) (Dec 7-6)

184 – Jorge Munoz-Pederson (0-2, no place, competed unattached)
Quarterfinal – William Dean (Southwest Minnesota ) won by tech fall over Jorge Munoz-Pederson (MSU-Moorhead) (TF 25-10)
Cons. Round 2 – Lane Oversen (Dickinson State) won by fall over Jorge Munoz-Pederson (MSU-Moorhead) (Fall 4:18)

197 – Tyler Schlosser (3-2, 5th place)
Champ. Round 1 – Tyler Schlosser (MSU-Moorhead) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Tyler Schlosser (MSU-Moorhead) won by decision over Mitchell Eull (Minot State University) (Dec 12-5)
Semifinal – Micah Larson (Southwest Minnesota ) won by major decision over Tyler Schlosser (MSU-Moorhead) (Maj 9-1)
Cons. Semi – Eugene Martin (Southwest Minnesota ) won by decision over Tyler Schlosser (MSU-Moorhead) (Dec 3-2)
5th Place Match – Tyler Schlosser (MSU-Moorhead) won by fall over Tom Devito (Mary) (Fall 4:59)

285 – Kyle Johnson (3-2, 5th place, competed unattached)
Champ. Round 1 – Kyle Johnson (MSU-Moorhead) won by decision over Tanner Grant (Itasca) (Dec 3-2)
Quarterfinal – Kyle Johnson (MSU-Moorhead) won by fall over Matt McCullough (Unattached) (Fall 3:31)
Semifinal – Brian Klevis (Dickinson State) won by fall over Kyle Johnson (MSU-Moorhead) (Fall 2:28)
Cons. Semi – Zane Petersen (Ridgewater) won by fall over Kyle Johnson (MSU-Moorhead) (Fall 1:38)
5th Place Match – Kyle Johnson (MSU-Moorhead) won by medical forfeit over Cole Wilson (Southwest Minnesota ) (MFF)