Gophers Bring Home Four Titles from Wisconsin Open

From the contingent of 16 Minnesota wrestlers who competed unattached in last Saturday’s tournament, 14 placed at their weights, including 10 top-three finishes.

From a group of 16 Gophers who competed unattached in last Saturday’s Wisconsin Open in Kenosha, Wis., 10 came home with top-three finishes, including four titles. Those claiming championships at their weights were Skyler Petry (125), Steve Polakowski (133), Tommy Thorn (141) and Jordon Rothers (174).

After placing second at both the Daktronics Open and the Bison Open, the Wisconsin Open title is the first collegiate championship for Skyler Petry. He wrestled teammate Ethan Lizak in the championship bout and avenged an earlier loss to Lizak at the Luther Open.

Minnesota GophersSteve Polakowski earned his second collegiate title with his victory at 133. Polakowski’s first title came at 125 at the Daktronics Open, where he defeated Petry in the championship match.

For both Tommy Thorn and Jordon Rothers, last weekend’s titles were their second consecutive championship, building on first-place finishes for each at the Finn Grinaker (Cobber) Open two weeks ago. While both have been red-hot recently, Thorn has been particularly strong this season, posting top-three finishes in all five tournaments in which he’s competed.

In addition to the five Gophers mentioned above, Gannon Volk broke through with his first top-three finish this season (third at 141), Brandon Krone followed up a title at the Cobber Open with a third-place finish at 165, Colin Carr had his best finish to-date with a second-place performance at 174, and both Will Balow and Chris Pfarr reached the podium at 184, placing second and third, respectively.

Four other Gophers placed at the event: Dalton Lunde (4th at 184), Tijani Karaborni (5th at 174), Darius Wright (6th at 165) and Luke Destiche (6th at 285).

A full listing of participants and how they placed at the tournament appears below.

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Wisconsin Open results

1st: Skyler Petry
2nd: Ethan Lizak

1st: Steve Polakowski

1st: Tommy Thorn
3rd: Gannon Volk

DNP: Dylan Urbach

3rd: Brandon Krone
6th: Darius Wright

1st: Jordon Rothers
2nd: Colin Carr
5th: Tijani Karaborni

2nd: Will Balow
3rd: Chris Pfarr
4th: Dalton Lunde
DNP: Faris Karaborni

6th: Luke Destiche

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