AMES, Iowa — South Dakota State University wrestlers Logan Peterson and Brady Ayers each turned in fourth-place finishes Sunday during competition at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open.
A sophomore from Lake Lillian, Minnesota, Peterson went 5-2 on the day in placing fourth in the 157-pound weight class. He opened with a fall over Dakota Hernandez of Nebraska-Kearney in the opening round, then posted a 5-3 decision over Seth Stetzel of Northern Iowa to move into the quarterfinals.
After losing by fall to Destin McCauley of Nebraska-Kearney in quarterfinal action, Peterson reeled off three consecutive wins in the consolation rounds to advance to the third-place match. He ended his day with a loss by fall to Raider Lofthouse of Utah Valley.
Ayers, a senior from Waterville, Minnesota, won a pair of narrow decisions in his first two matches at 184 pounds to move into the semifinals. Taylor Venz of Nebraska upended Ayers, 2-0, in their semifinal match, but Ayers rebounded with a 7-4 decision over Ryan Harman of Navy in the consolation round. In the third-place match, Michael Coleman of Navy claimed a 12-3 major decision to give Ayers a 3-2 record on the day.
In other action at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open, freshmen Justin Portillo (125 pounds) and Garrett Jordan (165 pounds) each posted 3-2 records, but did not place in their respective weight classes.
South Dakota State resumes dual action Saturday at Minnesota in a battle of nationally ranked teams. Action is set to begin at 8 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.