Eight Gophers place at Cobber Open

Bobby Steveson’s won the 197-pound title at the Finn Grinaker (Cobber) Open on Saturday in Moorhead, Minn., leading a group of eight Gophers who placed in the event. In addition to Steveson’s title, Minnesota wrestlers claimed a pair of third- and a pair of fourth-place finishes.

Steveson wasn’t the only Gopher to leave Moorhead with a career-best finish. Fellow true freshman Carson Brolsma placed fifth at 149, putting him on the podium for the first time in his young collegiate career. Another newcomer to the program this season, Ben Brancale, placed fourth at 141, matching his previous career best from the Daktronics Open earlier this winter.

Minnesota GophersNate Rose, who has bumped up from 197 to heavyweight this year, finished third, scoring a pair of falls and a major decision on the day. The third-place finish was his best finish wrestling at his new weight. Rose placed second at 197 in last season’s Cobber Open.

Colin Carr’s third-place finish at 165 was an improvement for him over his finish in last season’s event. Then wrestling at 174, Carr placed fifth in Moorhead a year ago. His third-place performance also marked his highest placement in a tournament so far this season.

Overall, the 10 unattached wrestlers who made the trip from Dinkytown to Moorhead posted a 28-15 (.651) record against the competition.

Finn Grinaker Cobber Open results

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