Three Dragons Place at California Collegiate Open

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team had three individuals place in the top four during the California Collegiate Open which was held on Saturday in San Francisco, Calif.

Sophomore Blake Bosch, ranked eighth in the nation at 133 pounds, placed second in that class on Saturday while sophomore Garret Hoffner (157) and senior Michael Joseph (174) each placed fourth in their respective class.

MSU-Moorhead DragonsNo team scores were kept at the meet, which featured several Division I programs.

Bosch had a bye in the first round at 125 and then beat Trent Smith of Cal Baptist, 6-3. In the semifinals, the sophomore topped Southern Oregon’s Devin Poppen, 6-2 before falling in the finals to Division I wrestler Joey Palmer of Oregon State, 11-3.

Hoffner also had a first-round bye and then beat unattached wrestler Tim Navarrette, 7-4 in the quarterfinals at 157. Hoffner lost a tough 4-2 decision to Cal Poly’s Joe Granger in the semifinals. He came back with a 9-4 win over Cal Baptist’s Sergio Enloe before falling to Spencer Hill of Bakersfield, 6-5 in the third-place match.

Joseph finished the day 4-2. He opened with decision wins over Reed Tennyson of Southern Oregon (4-1) and Gabe Fuentes of San Francisco (5-1) to advance to the semifinals. Joseph fell to Sohrab Movahedi (Cal Poly), 7-5 before rebounding with back-to-back wins over Jesus Ambriz of Cal State-Bakersfield (5-3) and Calvin Nicholls of San Francisco State by fall (4:37) and then topped Cody Jones of Southern Oregon (3-1) before losing to Stanford’s Dylan Morris (7-1).

Several Dragons went 2-2 on the day but did not place: sophomore Shane Novak (125), sophomore Austin Leibel (133), sophomore Isaac Novacek (149), sophomore Dan Murakami (165) and Shawn Porter (184).

MSUM resumes dual meet action on Thursday at No. 2-ranked St. Cloud State.

California Collegiate Open results

MSUM results
125-Shane Novak (2-2), no place
–pinned by Sergio Mendez (Bakersfield), 1:56.
–dec. Kyle Anderson (Bakersfield), 10-3
–pinned Ty Young (Simpson), 2:30
–lost to Sean Nickell (Bakersfield), 8-6

133-Blake Bosch (2-1), 2nd place
–first-round bye
–dec. Trent Smith (Cal Baptist), 6-3
–dec. Devin Poppen (Southern Oregon), 6-2
–lost to Joey Palmer (Oregon State), 11-3, finals
Austin Leibel (2-2), no place
–first-round bye
–lost to Devin Poppen (Southern Oregon), 11-4
–pinned Jonas Norman (Simpson), 1:12
–dec. Trent Smith (Cal Baptist), 6-4
–lost to Jordan Gurrola (SFSU), 4-0

141-Philippe Walker (2-2), no place
–pinned Jordan Bryan (Stanford), 4:49
–maj. dec. James Claitor (Cal Poly) 13-3)
–lost to Peter Cunningham (Cal Baptist), 6-2
–lost to Steele Escobedo (Menlo), 17-4

149-Isaac Novacek (2-2). No place
–dec. Scottie Stockman (Southern Oregon), 12-5
–pinned by Taylor Hall (Cal Baptist), 2:39
–pinned Kenji Yamashita (Simon Fraser), 6:12
–lost to AJ Fierro (Cal State Bakersfield), injury default

157-Garret Hoffner (2-2), 4th place
–first round bye
–dec. Tim Navarrette (unattached), 7-4
–lost to Joe Granger (Cal Poly), 4-2
–dec. Sergio Enloe (Cal Baptist), 9-4
–lost to Spencer Hill (Bakersfield), 6-5

165-Dan Murakami (2-2), no place
–dec. Garrett Urrutia (Southern Oregon), 3-1 (OT)
–dec. Bryan Battiso (Cal State Bakersfield), 3-2
–lost to Holden Packard (Boise State). 7-3
–lost to Kennen Lanteri (Oregon State), 7-5

174-Michael Joseph (4-2), 4th place
–dec. Reed Tennyson (Southern Oregon), 4-1
–dec. Gabe Fuentes (San Francisco State), 5-1
–lost to Sohrab Movahedi (Cal Poly), 7-5 (OT)
–dec. Jesus Ambriz (Bakersfield), 5-3
–dec. Jones (Southern Oregon), 3-1
–lost to Dylan Morris (Stanford), 7-1

184-Shawn Porter (2-2), no place
–first round bye
–dec. Nathan Morris (Stanford), 5-3
–pinned by Jacob Abrams (Southern Oregon), 4:49
–dec. Mike Urban (MSUM), 2-1
–lost to Johnny Beltran (Cal Poly), 8-7
Mike Urban (0-2), no place
–first-round bye
–lost to Jake Waste (Bakersfield), 10-3
–lost to Shawn Porter (MSUM), 2-1

197-Chris Bascon (1-2), no place
–pinned by Jeremiah Gerl (Cal Baptist), 2:24
–def. David Irish (Cal Baptist), injury default
–pinned by Fleming (Stanford), 1:15

285-Nader Abdullatif (1-2), no place
–first round bye
–pinned Tanner Blank (San Francisco State), 3:37
–lost to Encarnarcion-Strand (Bakersfield), 10-0
–lost to Steven Wood (Bakersfield), 6-5

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