BROOKINGS, S.D.–North Dakota State University 184-pounder Hayden Zillmer won his weight class at the Warren Williamson Daktronics Open, while 149 Clay Ream and 165 Tyler McNutt both finished second in their respective divisions to highlight NDSU’s effort in the event hosted Sunday, Nov. 1, in Frost Arena by South Dakota State University.
North Dakota State is scheduled to open the dual season against the University of Virginia at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse. The Cavaliers, members of the ACC, defeated NDSU 20-15 last season.
Zillmer, a senior from Crosby, Minn., placed second in last season’s Daktronics Open but used a pair of pins and two major decisions to fashion a 4-0 record. The returning All-American notched his second pin of the tournament at 3:26 against South Dakota State’s Brady Ayers in the championship match.
Zillmer, who entered the weekend ranked as high as No. 5 nationally, opened the Classic with a pin at 2:23 over Northern State’s David Murphy. Major decisions follow at 14-6 against Iowa Central’s Tyler Hoffman and 16-3 over Augustana’s Aero Amo.
Ream, a sophomore from Wentzville, Mo., won four of five matches in the opening tournament before dropping an 8-7 decision to Nebraska’s Jake Sueflohn in the title showdown. He advanced to the finals on an injury forfeit.
Ream, who advanced to the 2015 NCAA tournament, opened with a 16-1 tech fall over SDSU’s Tayt Broeckholdt, followed with a pin of unattached Devin Tortorice, and a 13-5 major decision against Nebraska’s Justin Arthur.
McNutt, a redshirt freshman from Saint Joseph, Mo., fell short with a hard-fought 1-0 loss to Nebraska’s Dustin Williams in the championship match. McNutt went 3-1 and reached the finals with an 8-4 decision over Nebraska’s Regan Bye, 6-3 win over South Dakota State’s Spencer Derifield, and 5-2 decision over SDSU’s Brett Bye.