Storm Lake, Iowa — Minnesota State saw five wrestlers finish first in their brackets at the Buena Vista Open Saturday in Iowa.
The Mavericks had nine wrestlers in the finals at the tournament. Three weight classes would feature an all Minnesota State final.
At 141 pounds, Louie Sanders (So., 141) and Tanner Mills (So., 141) both began their tournaments undefeated, with identical 3-0 records, and met each other in the finals. The Minnesota State wrestlers needed more than seven minutes to decide the match, with Sanders winning in the tiebreaker round by a score of 2-1. Mills finished second, improving his overall record to 10-4.
The Mavericks saw three wrestlers place at 157 pounds. Daniel Close (Jr., 157 lbs.) and Dylan Herman (Sr., 157 lbs.) met for the second time this season in open tournaments in the finals of the weight class. Close edged Herman by a 7-4 decision, which saw the Minnesota State wrestlers finish in first and second place. Logan Saltou (So., 157 lbs.) went 2-2 Saturday, good for a fourth-place finish at the tournament.
Zach Johnston (So., 174 lbs.) and Trevor Turriff (Fr., 174 lbs.) (Unattached) also were pitted against one another in the finals of the 174-pound bracket. Johnston got the better of his Maverick teammate, winning by a 9-7 decision. Turiff finished in second with a 3-1 record.
Kyle Rathman (Fr., 149 lbs.) coming off of his first dual meet appearance for the Mavericks on Thursday night, finished first in the 149-pound bracket. Rathman won all four of his matches in Iowa by decision results, including a 7-4 decision of NSIC opponent Keaten Schorr of Augustana in the finals. Corey Abernathy (Sr., 184 lbs.) was also 4-0 with a first-place finish at 184 pounds. Abernathy started and ended his day with bonus point victories. Abernathy won by fall in 4:56 in his opening match, and defeated Daniel Bishop (Augustana) by an 18-2 tech fall to claim the top spot.
Five additional Mavericks placed at the Buena Vista Open including Seth Elwood (Jr. 165 lbs.) second, Chaydon O’Fallon (Sr., 197 lbs.) third, Matthew Blome (So., 197 lbs.) fifth, Logan Linderbaum (So., 285 lbs.) fifth, and Don Boone (Fr., 157 lbs.) (Unattached) fourth.
The Mavericks will next travel to face the Minot State Beavers in NSIC dual meet action on December 9th in Minot, North Dakota.
Maverick records at Buena Vista Open:
Corey Abernathy (Sr., 184 lbs.) 4-0
Matthew Blome (So., 197 lbs.) 3-1
Don Boone (Fr., 157 lbs.) (Unattached) 2-1
Neil Clement (Rf., 157 lbs.) 1-2
Daniel Close (Jr., 157 lbs.) 4-0
Seth Elwood (Jr. 165 lbs.) 3-1
Anthony Heng (Rf., 125 lbs.) 1-2
Dylan Herman (Sr., 157 lbs.) 3-1
Zach Johnston (So., 174 lbs.) 4-0
Etienne Kinney (Rf., 157 lbs.) 1-2
Logan Linderbaum (So., 285 lbs.) 3-1
Tanner Mills (Sr., 141 lbs.) 3-1
Kolbe O’Brien (Fr., 133 lbs.) (Unattached) 1-2
Chaydon O’Fallon (Sr., 197 lbs.) 3-1
Kyle Rathman (Fr., 149 lbs.) 4-0
Logan Saltou (So., 157 lbs.) 2-2
Louie Sanders (So., 141 lbs.) 4-0
Trevor Turiff (Fr., 174 lbs.) (Unattached) 3-1