Zimmer Places Second, Seven Other Mavericks Place in Buena Vista Open

STORM LAKE, Iowa. — At a tough competition-filled Buena Vista Open on Saturday, the Maverick wrestling team fought hard, showing so by having eight wrestlers place in the 21-team tournament.

Among those eight, Chris Zimmer (Jr., 285 lbs. 3-1) (Unattached) stood out, earning three decision victories on the day. After a first-round bye, Zimmer won his first match by an 8-3 decision over Gable Bonner (Buena Vista). In the quarterfinals, Zimmer won by a 9-4 decision over Gabe Rangel (Grand View (Iowa), and then won a close 3-2 decision victory over Aaron Rafalko (Midland (Neb.)). Zimmer fell in the first place match to JJ Everhard (Northern Iowa) by major decision 12-4. Zimmer was the only Maverick on the day to make it to the first place match.

MSU-Mankato MavericksIn the end, the Mavericks had three other wrestlers place in the top four at the tournament. Tanner Mills (R-So., 141 lbs. 4-2), Daniel Close (Fr., 149 lbs. 3-2) (Unattached), and Adam Cooling (Jr., 174 lbs. 3-1) all finished fourth in their brackets. Mills, who’s four victories included one by fall, reached the third place match before falling to Marcelo Sierra (Graceland University) by an 8-2 decision. Close, a freshman who picked up some tough victories on Saturday also made it to the third-place match before losing by decision, 6-4, to Jonathan Melton (Simpson College). Cooling finished with two overtime victories on the day.

Three Mavericks placed fifth on the day, including Andrew McFall (Fr., 125 lbs. 6-1) (Unattached), Paul Selman (Fr., 133 lbs. 6-1), and Alphonso Vruno (Sr., 141 lbs. 6-1). Payton DuPlayee (Jr., 184 lbs. 4-2) finished sixth.

The Mavericks return to action next Saturday, December 12 at the UNI Open in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m.

Buena Vista Open Results

Full List of Mavericks Competing at Buena Vista:
Trevor Schultz (Jr., 125 lbs. 3-2)
Andrew McFall (Fr., 125 lbs. 6-1) (unattached)
Tyler Funk (R-Fr., 133 lbs. 1-1)
Dakota Welsh (R-Fr., 133 lbs. 2-2)
Paul Selman (Fr., 133 lbs. 6-1)
Alphonso Vruno (Sr., 141 lbs. 6-1)
Tanner Mills (R-So., 141 lbs. 4-2)
Daniel Close (Fr., 149 lbs. 3-2) (unattached)
Brent Evans (Fr., 149 lbs. 1-2) (unattached)
Dylan Herman (So., 149 lbs. 3-2)
Brad Maas (Sr., 165 lbs. 0-2)
Adam Cooling (Jr., 174 lbs. 3-1)
Gage Thom (Fr., 174 lbs. 0-2) (unattached)
Payton DuPlayee (Jr., 184 lbs. 4-2)
Darick Vancura (Jr., 197 lbs. 1-2)
Chris Zimmer (Jr., 285 lbs. 3-1) (unattached)
Logan Linderbaum (Fr., 285 lbs. 1-2) (unattached)

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