Lowman and North lead Vikings at Holiday Inn Open

KEARNEY, Neb. – Augustana’s Michael Lowman went undefeated to take the heaveyweight title and TJ North continued his hot start tot he season by placing third in the elite division of the Holiday Inn Open hosted by Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday. Drake Fanslau placed fifth as the only other Viking to place in the top six.

Augustana VikingsLowman rebounded from his rough start to the season at the Augustana Triangular by winning the 285-pound amateur division title. Lowman advanced to the final after pinning his second-round opponent and tallying a pair of close decisions.

In the championship bout, Lowman pinned his opponent in 1:27 for his first title. Lowman was the only Viking to finish the day undefeated, notching a 4-0 record.

At 125 pounds, North moved into the third round of the elite division with a pin in 2:08 then advanced to the semifinals with a 5-2 decision. Nebraska’s Shawn Nagel upended North in the semis, by way of a 5-3 decision.

In the wrestle-back, North used two one-point decisions, including a win over Colorado State’s Eric Hughes, to earn third place. North’s record on the year improves to 11-3 with his 4-1 performance at the Holiday Inn Open.

Fanslau lost his first bout before reeling off wins in six of his next seven bouts to take fifth at 174 pounds in the amateur division. Fanslau lost to the eventual third-place finisher Brady Ayers in the opening round.

The redshirt freshman Fanslau pinned his first two opponents in the wrestle-back then won two major decisions before facing fellow Viking Logan Henning. Fanslau edged Henning 2-1 but lost 5-1 to Ayers for the second time. To take fifth-place honors, Fanslau pinned his opponent in 1:51.

The Vikings are idle next weekend before opening a busy weekend at a Northwestern-hosted triangular with Dakota Wesleyan on Dec. 5 in Orange City, Iowa. Augustana then heads to the MSU Moorhead Dragon Open on Saturday, Dec. 7 before squaring off with South Dakota State at the Sanford Pentagon on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

UN-Kearney Holiday Inn Open results

Augustana Results:
125 Pounds
TJ North: 4-1, 3rd
Javier Vieyra: 3-2
133 Pounds
Brandon Chesnut: 1-2
Blake Jans: 3-2
141 Pounds
Brandon Charbonneau: 1-2
Deven Donais: 1-2
149 Pounds
Shawn Hatlestad: 2-2
Zach Friederich: 0-2
157 Pounds
Mitch Rechtzigel: 1-2
165 Pounds
Parker Swanson: 1-2
174 Pounds
Drake Fanslau: 6-2, 5th
Logan Henning: 4-2
184 Pounds
Sean Derry: 1-1
285 Pounds
Michael Lowman: 4-0, 1st