MOORHEAD, Minn. — It was a busy Saturday for the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team, as the Dragons had wrestlers compete at two events. Senior Blake Bosch and sophomore Jared Goldsmith both placed in the top four at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open in Kearney, Neb., while several Dragons placed at the Finn Grinaker Open hosted by Concordia College.
“Overall we had a good team effort today,” MSUM head coach Kris Nelson said. “The open tournaments give us an opportunity to see what we need to work on and develop more as a staff. We look to improve on our feet with more leg shots on our opponents and continue to work on getting better at the bottom position.”
Bosch, who is now 9-1 on the season, was third in the Elite Division at 133 pounds at the UNK Holiday Inn Classic. He pinned Jared Johnshoy in 3:26 in the opening round and then pinned Michael Andreano of Briar Cliff in 2:59. In the semifinals Bosch lost a tough 5-4 decision to Brian Peska of Nebraska to drop into the consolation bracket. Bosch beat Tate Bernhardt of Mary, 15-1 and then pinned Taylor Summers of Chadron State, 2:36 in the third-place match.
Goldsmith also fared well at the event, taking fourth in the Amateur Division at 125 pounds, going 6-2 on the day. He pinned Kelvys Gonzalez to open the day and then followed with wins over Tim Romero (10-5) and Fabian Guerrero (5-3). Goldsmith lost to Marcelin Lopez of Midland, 7-4, but came back with three wins in the consolation bracket. He lost to unattached wrestler Wesley Dawkins, 12-2 in the third-place match.
Finn Grinaker Open
Several Dragons placed on the day. In the Gold Division, freshman Aaron Sistrunk, competing unattached, was second at 133 pounds, while sophomore Dylan Connell was fourth at 149.
Sistrunk was second at 133 pounds. He beat Devon Berry of St. Cloud State by technical fall, 18-0 in the opening round and then pinned Shane Williams Jr. of Minot State in 4:33. In the finals Sistrunk was pinned by Cam Sykora of North Dakota State.
“He wrestled very tough today and was very good in the top position,” Nelson said.
Connell pinned Brandon Aragon of Jamestown in 1:14 in the opening round, and then beat Cody Haugen of Minot State, 7-5 in the second. He lost to Kyle Gliva of NDSU, 4-1 in the semis. He came back with a 4-1 win over Brett Stolarzyk of St. Cloud State in the consolation bracket. Connell lost a tough 2-1 decision to Mary’s Rudy Guillen in the third-place match.
“Dylan Connell wrestled very physical throughout the day and has improved since his first showing at the Bison Open,” Nelson said.
Freshman Seth Hutchison, competing unattached at 133, was fifth with a 2-2 record. He beat Shane Williams Jr. of Minot State by technical fall in the fifth-place match 17-0
Sophomore Cody Anderson was fifth at 197 with a 4-2 record. He beat Jacob Briggs of Concordia in the fifth-place match by medical forfeit.
Sophomore Jonathan Hoffner was sixth at 165 pounds with a 2-3 record while senior Isaac Novacek was sixth at 157 pounds.
Redshirt freshman Logan Rhode was second at 174 pounds. He was pinned by Joseph Grove of Concordia but beat unattached teammate Mitchell Kotschevar, 5-3 and pinned Northland’s Michael Lambert, 4:18 to finish the day at 2-1. Kotschevar finished third.
Freshman Trent Milless, competing unattached, was fourth at 141 with a 2-2 record. He edged Wyatt Becker of NDSU, 7-6 and topped Antonio Ruiz of Jamestown, 4-2 for his two wins.
Freshman Austin Skillings, competing unattached, was fourth at 157 with a 2-2 record. He had a pin of Jason Laramore of Minot State in the opening round. Redshirt freshman Erik Loepp was fifth at 157 pounds. He beat unattached teammate Nick Kaml, 7-6 in the fifth-place match to finish the day at 2-2.
Redshirt freshman Derek Helgoe was fourth at 165. He opened with a pin of Jamestown’s Rafael Vega in 4:08 but lost in the semifinals. He came back to beat Alex Giese of Northland CTC 7-5 before being pinned by Jamestown’s Kade Thompson in the third-place match.
Freshman Nick Erbes was sixth at 149.
MSUM hosts Northland Community and Technical College on Tuesday at 7 p.m.