Gopher Freshmen Wrestle at National Collegiate Open

The University of Minnesota sent five freshmen to the National Collegiate Open, which took place in Dover, Del. on Sunday. The Gophers had one podium finisher, Bailee O’Reilly, who finished in fifth place with a 4-2 record.

O’Reilly increased his winning streak during the tournament to 10 before falling in the semifinals to the eventual champion Devin Kane of North Carolina. The 10-match winning streak is the longest by any freshman this season for Minnesota.

minnlogoThe Gophers had three wrestlers in the quarterfinals, which included Brent Jones (141) and Alex Crowe (157) and O’Reilly (174).

Tyler Waterson and Jakob Bergeland also competed, both in the 149-pound division. Bergeland picked up his eighth pin of the season in the consolation bracket, which ties him for the most on the team this season with Mitch McKee. Bergeland now has 22 total wins, the most of any redshirting freshman, with 15 being bonus point wins.

National Collegiate Open Results

The Gophers now shift all focus to the Big Ten Championships this coming weekend in East Lansing, Mich.

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Match-by-Match Results:

141:

Brent Jones (1-2, DNP)
Rnd 1: Bye
Round of 16: Brent Jones fall (1:03) James Giaccia
Quarters: Corey Shie (Army) maj dec Brent Jones, 13-2
Cons Rnd of 8 (2): Kyle Trybus (Army) dec Brent Jones, 9-8

149:

Jakob Bergeland (4-2 DNP)
Rnd 1: Paddy Quinlan (Franklin and Marshall) fall (3:58) Jakob Bergeland
Cons Rnd of 32 (1): Bye
Cons Rnd of 32 (2): Jakob Bergeland maj dec James Spadafora (Maryland), 12-0
Cons Rnd of 16 (1): Jakob Bergeland fall (2:01) Anthony Patsy (Penn)
Cons Rnd of 16 (2): Jakob Bergeland tech fall Darren Ostrander (VMI), 15-0
Cons Rnd of 8 (1): Jakob Bergeland dec Tyler Waterson (Minnesota), 5-2
Cons Rnd of 8 (2): Dane Heberlein (Binghamton) dec Jakob Bergeland, 17-11

Tyler Waterson (2-2, DNP)
Rnd 1: AJ Leitten (NC State) fall (1:55) Tyler Waterson
Cons Rnd of 16 (1): Tyler Waterson maj dec Elijah Murphy, 11-1
Cons Rnd of 16 (2): Tyler Waterson tech fall Sam Butler (Franklin and Marshall), 16-0
Cons Rnd of 8 (1): Jakob Bergeland (Minnesota) dec Tyler Waterson, 5-2

157:

Alex Crowe (3-2, DNP)
Rnd 1: Alex Crowe dec Evan DeLuise (Penn), 6-1
Round of 16: Alex Crowe dec Chase Archangelo, 7-5
Quarters: Jimmy Saylor (Army) dec Alex Crowe, 10-3
Cons Rnd of 8 (2): Alex Crowe dec Chase De (Maryland), 4-1
Cons Rnd of 4: Lenny Merkin (Princeton) dec Alex Crowe, 4-3

174:

Bailee O’Reilly (4-2, 5th Place)
Rnd 1: Bailee O’Reilly dec Andrew Berreyesa (Unattached), 6-4
Round of 16: Bailee O’Reilly dec Bryan McLaughlin, 6-5
Quarters: Bailee O’Reilly dec (SV-1) Nunzio Crowley (Binghamton), 3-1
Semis: Devin Kane (North Carolina) dec Bailee O’Reilly, 4-1
Cons Semis: Caleb Stockmaster (Cleveland State) dec Bailee O’Reilly, 8-2
5th Place: Bailee O’Reilly dec Hunter Fortner (Chattanooga), 11-6

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