Gophers place 18 at Daktronics Open

From the contingent of 28 Gophers who traveled to Brookings, S.D. to compete in Sunday’s Warren Williamson / Daktronics Open, 18 placed in the event. No. 11 Ethan Lizak led the way for Minnesota, claiming the 125-pound title, while true freshman Mitch McKee (133), No. 10 Jake Short and No. 5 Michael Kroells all finished as runners-up.

Success on the open circuit is something familiar to Lizak, who won three open titles while redshirting last season and has captured four during the past two years. After a bye and a first-period victory due to injury default, Lizak won his quarterfinal match with a second-period pin. A narrow decision (3-2) in the semis led him to a showdown with No. 7 Tim Lambert (Nebraska), a bout Lizak took 3-2 to win the title.

At 133, rookie McKee dominating in his route to the finals, with a pair of falls and a pair of tech falls along the way. In the championship match, McKee fell to No. 7 Seth Gross (South Dakota State) in his first collegiate match against a ranked wrestler.

minnlogoShort looked strong at his new weight, opening up with a quick pin before a pair of decisions to set up a top-ten tilt with No. 9 Tyler Berger (Nebraska) for the championship. After coming out ahead in two narrow decisions earlier, Short came up a point shy against Berger, settling for second after a 3-2 decision.

At one of the most competitive weights in the tournament, Kroells powered to the semifinals with back-to-back falls before scoring the lone point in a 1-0 victory over No. 13 Collin Jensen (Nebraska) to advance to the event’s final contest. A successful rideout by No. 6 Tanner Hall in tiebreakers gave him a 2-1 win over Kroells in the title match.

Two starters from last year’s team – Skyler Petry (125) and No. 15 Nick Wanzek (174) – took third at their respective weights. Petry’s six wins on the day were the most for any Minnesota wrestler, as were his four wins in wrestlebacks.

Another dozen Gophers placed in the event: Sam Brancale (fourth) and Steve Polakowski (sixth) at 133; Gannon Volk (fifth) and Ben Brancale (sixth) at 141; Fredy Stroker (fourth) at 149; Carson Brolsma (fifth) at 157; Brandon Krone (fourth) at 165; Jordon Rothers (sixth) at 174; Chris Pfarr (fourth) at 184; Bobby Steveson (fourth) and Will Balow (fifth) at 197, and; Rylee Streifel (fifth) at heavyweight.

With its first tournament of the season officially in the books, the Gophers will head east next weekend for the Journeymen/Asics Collegiate Classic in Troy, N.Y. Stay tuned to GopherSports.com throughout the week for looks ahead at next weekend’s competition.

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Daktronics Open Results

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Daktronics Open Results for Minnesota:

Open 125 – Ethan Lizak’s place is 1st and has scored 20.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) won by injury default over Todd Small (Iowa Central ) (Inj. 0:23)
Quarterfinal – Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) won by fall over Mikel Perales (Arizona State) (Fall 4:05)
Semifinal – Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) won by decision over Kris Williams (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 3-2)
1st Place Match – Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) won by decision over Tim Lambert (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 3-2)

Open 125 – Skyler Petry’s place is 3rd and has scored 19.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Skyler Petry (Minnesota) won by fall over Matthew Leier (Northern State) (Fall 4:22)
Champ. Round 2 – Skyler Petry (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Jeremiah Colon (Iowa Central ) (TF 15-0)
Quarterfinal – Ben Gillette (South Dakota State) won by decision over Skyler Petry (Minnesota) (Dec 7-3)
Cons. Round 4 – Skyler Petry (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Josh Jensen (University of Mary) (TF 16-1)
Cons. Round 5 – Skyler Petry (Minnesota) won by fall over Justin Portillo (South Dakota State) (Fall 0:51)
Cons. Semi – Skyler Petry (Minnesota) won by decision over Kris Williams (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 7-4)
3rd Place Match – Skyler Petry (Minnesota) won by decision over Joshua Krammer (Arizona State) (Dec 10-3)

Open 133 – Mitch McKee’s place is 2nd and has scored 21.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Mitch McKee (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Tate Barnhardt (University of Mary) (TF 16-0)
Champ. Round 2 – Mitch McKee (Minnesota) won by fall over Michael Andreano (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (Fall 6:10)
Quarterfinal – Mitch McKee (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Kenny Jones (Northern State) (TF 19-4)
Semifinal – Mitch McKee (Minnesota) won by fall over Ali Naser (Arizona State) (Fall 4:17)
1st Place Match – Seth Gross (South Dakota State) won by decision over Mitch McKee (Minnesota) (Dec 6-2)

Open 133 – Sam Brancale’s place is 4th and has scored 15.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Sam Brancale (Minnesota) won by fall over Hunter Howland (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (Fall 4:50)
Champ. Round 2 – Sam Brancale (Minnesota) won by fall over Wanya Clifton (Iowa Central ) (Fall 2:18)
Quarterfinal – Sam Brancale (Minnesota) won by decision over Curtis Cannon (Iowa Central ) (Dec 7-1)
Semifinal – Seth Gross (South Dakota State) won by tech fall over Sam Brancale (Minnesota) (TF 16-1)
Cons. Semi – Sam Brancale (Minnesota) won by major decision over Zak Hensley (Iowa Central ) (Maj 16-2)
3rd Place Match – Ali Naser (Arizona State) won by fall over Sam Brancale (Minnesota) (Fall 1:12)

Open 133 – Gresh Jones’s place is unknown and has scored 5.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Gresh Jones (Minnesota) won by major decision over Mitch Brinkman (Iowa Central ) (Maj 14-2)
Champ. Round 2 – Gresh Jones (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Bj Hayes (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (TF 17-1)
Quarterfinal – Ali Naser (Arizona State) won by decision over Gresh Jones (Minnesota) (Dec 12-6)
Cons. Round 4 – Gresh Jones (Minnesota) won in sudden victory – 1 over Tate Barnhardt (University of Mary) (SV-1 10-0)
Cons. Round 5 – Zak Hensley (Iowa Central ) won by major decision over Gresh Jones (Minnesota) (Maj 14-2)

Open 133 – Steven Polakowski’s place is 6th and has scored 10.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Steven Polakowski (Minnesota) won by fall over Isaiah Hall (Iowa Central ) (Fall 2:13)
Champ. Round 2 – Steven Polakowski (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Shane Sutera (Unattached) (TF 29-14)
Quarterfinal – Seth Gross (South Dakota State) won by tech fall over Steven Polakowski (Minnesota) (TF 16-0)
Cons. Round 4 – Steven Polakowski (Minnesota) won by decision over Michael Andreano (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (Dec 12-8)
Cons. Round 5 – Steven Polakowski (Minnesota) won by decision over Brian Peska (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 11-6)
Cons. Semi – Ali Naser (Arizona State) won in sudden victory – 1 over Steven Polakowski (Minnesota) (SV-1 7-5)
5th Place Match – Zak Hensley (Iowa Central ) won by decision over Steven Polakowski (Minnesota) (Dec 8-4)

Open 141 – Ben Brancale’s place is 6th and has scored 9.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ben Brancale (Minnesota) won by decision over Michael Prieto (South Dakota State) (Dec 6-3)
Champ. Round 2 – Ben Brancale (Minnesota) won by decision over Brandon Charbonneau (Augustana) (Dec 6-5)
Quarterfinal – Colton McCrystal (Nebraska – Lincoln) won by decision over Ben Brancale (Minnesota) (Dec 11-5)
Cons. Round 4 – Ben Brancale (Minnesota) won by decision over Isaac Andrade (South Dakota State) (Dec 8-5)
Cons. Round 5 – Ben Brancale (Minnesota) won by fall over Kris Lindemann (Iowa Central ) (Fall 4:38)
Cons. Semi – Henry Pohlmeyer (South Dakota State) won by decision over Ben Brancale (Minnesota) (Dec 6-5)
5th Place Match – Gannon Volk (Minnesota) won by decision over Ben Brancale (Minnesota) (Dec 9-3)

Open 141 – Gannon Volk’s place is 5th and has scored 11.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Gannon Volk (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Gannon Volk (Minnesota) won by major decision over Isaac Andrade (South Dakota State) (Maj 15-2)
Quarterfinal – Chad Red (Nebraska – Lincoln) won by decision over Gannon Volk (Minnesota) (Dec 13-11)
Cons. Round 4 – Gannon Volk (Minnesota) won by decision over Brandon Charbonneau (Augustana) (Dec 4-0)
Cons. Round 5 – Gannon Volk (Minnesota) won by tech fall over John Fitzgerald (South Dakota State) (TF 18-0)
Cons. Semi – Colton McCrystal (Nebraska – Lincoln) won by decision over Gannon Volk (Minnesota) (Dec 4-1)
5th Place Match – Gannon Volk (Minnesota) won by decision over Ben Brancale (Minnesota) (Dec 9-3)

Open 149 – James Berg’s place is unknown and has scored 6.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – James Berg (Minnesota) won by fall over Jacob Caskey (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (Fall 1:04)
Champ. Round 2 – Alex Kocer (South Dakota State) won by major decision over James Berg (Minnesota) (Maj 12-2)
Cons. Round 2 – James Berg (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – James Berg (Minnesota) won by fall over Matt Bettencourt (Northern State) (Fall 2:47)
Cons. Round 4 – Tyler Stenberg (Northern State) won by major decision over James Berg (Minnesota) (Maj 11-2)

Open 149 – Fredy Stroker’s place is 4th and has scored 10.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Fredy Stroker (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Fredy Stroker (Minnesota) won by decision over Rudy Guillen (University of Mary) (Dec 3-0)
Quarterfinal – Fredy Stroker (Minnesota) won by decision over Tyler Stenberg (Northern State) (Dec 3-3)
Semifinal – Gene `Oliver` Pierce (Arizona State) won by decision over Fredy Stroker (Minnesota) (Dec 4-1)
Cons. Semi – Fredy Stroker (Minnesota) won by decision over Rudy Guillen (University of Mary) (Dec 6-0)
3rd Place Match – Alex Kocer (South Dakota State) won by fall over Fredy Stroker (Minnesota) (Fall 2:56)

Open 149 – Hunter Marko’s place is unknown and has scored 3.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Hunter Marko (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Hunter Marko (Minnesota) won by decision over Caleb Licking (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 2-1)
Quarterfinal – Joshua Maruca (Arizona State) won by decision over Hunter Marko (Minnesota) (Dec 6-0)
Cons. Round 4 – Hunter Marko (Minnesota) won by major decision over Zac Funderburk (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (Maj 11-1)
Cons. Round 5 – Rudy Guillen (University of Mary) won by decision over Hunter Marko (Minnesota) (Dec 3-2)

Open 149 – Dalton Clark’s place is unknown and has scored 5.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Dalton Clark (Minnesota) won by major decision over Matt Bettencourt (Northern State) (Maj 11-2)
Champ. Round 2 – Dalton Clark (Minnesota) won by fall over Zac Funderburk (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (Fall 6:45)
Quarterfinal – Gene `Oliver` Pierce (Arizona State) won by fall over Dalton Clark (Minnesota) (Fall 2:36)
Cons. Round 4 – Dalton Clark (Minnesota) won by decision over Caleb Licking (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 6-4)
Cons. Round 5 – Tyler Stenberg (Northern State) won by fall over Dalton Clark (Minnesota) (Fall 0:49)

Open 157 – Jake Short’s place is 2nd and has scored 16.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jake Short (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Jake Short (Minnesota) won by fall over Blake Perryman (Northern State) (Fall 1:08)
Quarterfinal – Jake Short (Minnesota) won by decision over Griffin Parriott (Purdue) (Dec 4-3)
Semifinal – Jake Short (Minnesota) won in sudden victory – 1 over Joshua Shields (Arizona State) (SV-1 8-6)
1st Place Match – Tyler Berger (Nebraska – Lincoln) won by decision over Jake Short (Minnesota) (Dec 3-2)

Open 157 – Carson Brolsma’s place is 5th and has scored 13.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) won by fall over Brandon Meyer (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (Fall 2:28)
Champ. Round 2 – Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) won by decision over Billy Holtan (Northern State) (Dec 12-5)
Quarterfinal – Colin Holler (South Dakota State) won by decision over Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) (Dec 6-2)
Cons. Round 4 – Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) won by fall over Brett Bye (South Dakota State) (Fall 6:38)
Cons. Round 5 – Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) won by decision over Colten Carlson (South Dakota State) (Dec 9-3)
Cons. Semi – Joshua Shields (Arizona State) won by decision over Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) (Dec 2-2)
5th Place Match – Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) won by decision over Logan Peterson (South Dakota State) (Dec 6-1)

Open 157 – Larry Early’s place is unknown and has scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Larry Early (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Larry Early (Minnesota) won by decision over Colten Carlson (South Dakota State) (Dec 11-7)
Quarterfinal – Joshua Shields (Arizona State) won by fall over Larry Early (Minnesota) (Fall 2:56)
Cons. Round 4 – Logan Peterson (South Dakota State) won by decision over Larry Early (Minnesota) (Dec 3-1)

Open 165 – Brandon Krone’s place is 4th and has scored 10.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brandon Krone (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Brandon Krone (Minnesota) won by decision over Sean Havlovic (Northern State) (Dec 6-2)
Quarterfinal – Brandon Krone (Minnesota) won by decision over Jaquon Sowell (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 1-0)
Semifinal – Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) won by major decision over Brandon Krone (Minnesota) (Maj 12-1)
Cons. Semi – Brandon Krone (Minnesota) won by decision over Sean Havlovic (Northern State) (Dec 2-0)
3rd Place Match – Luke Zilverberg (South Dakota State) won by decision over Brandon Krone (Minnesota) (Dec 8-2)

Open 165 – Brandon Kingsley’s place is unknown and has scored 4.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Brandon Kingsley (Minnesota) won by fall over Kaleb McPhee (Iowa Central ) (Fall 0:22)
Champ. Round 2 – Brandon Kingsley (Minnesota) won by decision over Dustin Williams (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 5-2)
Quarterfinal – Jacen Peterson (Arizona State) won by fall over Brandon Kingsley (Minnesota) (Fall 4:55)
Cons. Round 4 – Kasey Klapprodt (South Dakota State) won by medical forfeit over Brandon Kingsley (Minnesota) (MFF)

Open 174 – Nick Wanzek’s place is 3rd and has scored 13.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Nick Wanzek (Minnesota) won by fall over Steven Abbott (Northern State) (Fall 3:30)
Quarterfinal – Nick Wanzek (Minnesota) won by decision over Beau Breske (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 4-3)
Semifinal – Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) won by tech fall over Nick Wanzek (Minnesota) (TF 22-5)
Cons. Semi – Nick Wanzek (Minnesota) won by decision over Jordon Rothers (Minnesota) (Dec 5-4)
3rd Place Match – Nick Wanzek (Minnesota) won by decision over Antrez Clagon (Iowa Central ) (Dec 6-2)

Open 174 – Jordon Rothers’s place is 6th and has scored 8.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Jordon Rothers (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Tanner Olson (Northern State) (TF 16-0)
Quarterfinal – Micah Barnes (Nebraska – Lincoln) won by decision over Jordon Rothers (Minnesota) (Dec 5-4)
Cons. Round 2 – Jordon Rothers (Minnesota) won by decision over Steven Abbott (Northern State) (Dec 7-4)
Cons. Round 3 – Jordon Rothers (Minnesota) won by major decision over Colin Carr (Minnesota) (Maj 9-0)
Cons. Semi – Nick Wanzek (Minnesota) won by decision over Jordon Rothers (Minnesota) (Dec 5-4)
5th Place Match – Micah Barnes (Nebraska – Lincoln) won by tech fall over Jordon Rothers (Minnesota) (TF 16-0)

Open 174 – Colin Carr’s place is unknown and has scored 1.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) won by fall over Colin Carr (Minnesota) (Fall 1:31)
Cons. Round 1 – Colin Carr (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Colin Carr (Minnesota) won by decision over Eric Engler (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 7-6)
Cons. Round 3 – Jordon Rothers (Minnesota) won by major decision over Colin Carr (Minnesota) (Maj 9-0)

Open 184 – Faris Karaborni’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Anthony Anderson (Arizona State) won by decision over Faris Karaborni (Minnesota) (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Round 1 – Faris Karaborni (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Conner Small (Arizona State) won by decision over Faris Karaborni (Minnesota) (Dec 10-6)

Open 184 – Chris Pfarr’s place is 4th and has scored 12.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Chris Pfarr (Minnesota) won by tech fall over Josh Tapia (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (TF 18-3)
Quarterfinal – Tj Dudley (Nebraska – Lincoln) won by major decision over Chris Pfarr (Minnesota) (Maj 8-0)
Cons. Round 2 – Chris Pfarr (Minnesota) won by decision over Dalton Lunde (Minnesota) (Dec 4-3)
Cons. Round 3 – Chris Pfarr (Minnesota) won by major decision over Conner Small (Arizona State) (Maj 13-5)
Cons. Semi – Chris Pfarr (Minnesota) won by decision over Taylor Venz (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 7-3)
3rd Place Match – Brady Ayers (South Dakota State) won by decision over Chris Pfarr (Minnesota) (Dec 4-2)

Open 184 – Dalton Lunde’s place is unknown and has scored 2.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Aero Amo (Augustana) won by decision over Dalton Lunde (Minnesota) (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Round 1 – Dalton Lunde (Minnesota) won by fall over Riley Lura (Northern State) (Fall 2:39)
Cons. Round 2 – Chris Pfarr (Minnesota) won by decision over Dalton Lunde (Minnesota) (Dec 4-3)

Open 197 – Will Balow’s place is 5th and has scored 10.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Will Balow (Minnesota) won by decision over Clayton Wahlstrom (Augustana) (Dec 9-2)
Quarterfinal – Will Balow (Minnesota) won by decision over Bobby Steveson (Minnesota) (Dec 3-2)
Semifinal – Aaron Studebaker (Nebraska – Lincoln) won by decision over Will Balow (Minnesota) (Dec 3-1)
Cons. Semi – Eric Schultz (Nebraska – Lincoln) won by decision over Will Balow (Minnesota) (Dec 5-3)
5th Place Match – Will Balow (Minnesota) won by medical forfeit over Joe Gomez (Northern State) (MFF)

Open 197 – Bobby Steveson’s place is 4th and has scored 10.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Bobby Steveson (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Will Balow (Minnesota) won by decision over Bobby Steveson (Minnesota) (Dec 3-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Bobby Steveson (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Bobby Steveson (Minnesota) won by fall over Kyle McCoy (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (Fall 1:55)
Cons. Semi – Bobby Steveson (Minnesota) won by decision over Joe Gomez (Northern State) (Dec 7-3)
3rd Place Match – Eric Schultz (Nebraska – Lincoln) won by decision over Bobby Steveson (Minnesota) (Dec 5-3)

Open 285 – Michael Kroells’s place is 2nd and has scored 18.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Michael Kroells (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Michael Kroells (Minnesota) won by fall over Ronnie Requena (Iowa Central ) (Fall 2:30)
Quarterfinal – Michael Kroells (Minnesota) won by fall over David Jensen (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Fall 3:48)
Semifinal – Michael Kroells (Minnesota) won by decision over Collin Jensen (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 1-0)
1st Place Match – Tanner Hall (Arizona State) won in tie breaker – 1 over Michael Kroells (Minnesota) (TB-1 2-1)

Open 285 – Rylee Streifel’s place is 5th and has scored 9.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Rylee Streifel (Minnesota) won by decision over Brian Ervin (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (Dec 5-0)
Champ. Round 2 – Rylee Streifel (Minnesota) won by decision over Patrick Grayson (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 4-1)
Quarterfinal – Denzel Dejournette (Appalachian State) won by decision over Rylee Streifel (Minnesota) (Dec 1-0)
Cons. Round 4 – Rylee Streifel (Minnesota) won by decision over Blake Wolters (South Dakota State) (Dec 5-0)
Cons. Round 5 – Rylee Streifel (Minnesota) won in tie breaker – 1 over Thomas Petersen (Iowa Central ) (TB-1 4-1)
Cons. Semi – Collin Jensen (Nebraska – Lincoln) won by decision over Rylee Streifel (Minnesota) (Dec 7-3)
5th Place Match – Rylee Streifel (Minnesota) won by decision over David Jensen (Nebraska – Lincoln) (Dec 7-0)

Open 285 – Luke Destiche’s place is unknown and has scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Luke Destiche (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Thomas Petersen (Iowa Central ) won by decision over Luke Destiche (Minnesota) (Dec 7-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Luke Destiche (Minnesota) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Dominic Tudor (University of Mary) won by decision over Luke Destiche (Minnesota) (Dec 4-0)

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