FARGO, N.D. – Four members of the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team placed at the Bison Open on Saturday afternoon at North Dakota State.
Sophomore Cole Jones led the way with a third-place finish at 125 pounds, while senior Adam Blees finished fourth at 174 pounds. Evan Foster finished fourth at 184 pounds while Sam Erckenbrack also brought home a fourth-place finish. No team scores were kept.
“It’s always food to get the first competition in and see what we need to work on as a team and what we did well,” head coach Kris Nelson said. “The guys have been practicing in the room since Oct.10, so they were ready to wrestle other individuals besides their teammates.”
Jones started his day with a pair of byes that put him directly into the semifinals, where he lost a 9-0 major decision to Ryan Millhof of Arizona State. Jones won his wrestleback match with a fall over Conner Ledoux of Minot State before ending his day with an 8-5 decision over Oscar Nellis of Minot State.
Blees also started the day having received a bye and won his second match 7-4 over Dylan Urbach of NDSU. After losing his semifinal match to Jesse Shearer of NDSU in overtime he beat Reed Williams of NDSU to put himself in the third-place match, where he lost a 9-3 decision to Bailee O’Reilly of the University of Minnesota.
Foster went 4-2 on the day, with his only losses both coming to Todd Pittinger of NDSU, who beat him 7-4 in the quarterfinals and 7-5 in the third-place match. All four of his wins were decisions, including a 3-1 win over teammate Mitchell Kotschevar.
Erckenbrack started his day with a 4-1 win over Andre Baguma of Northland Community and Techincal College before losing a tech fall to Gable Steveson of the University of Minnesota. After picking up a bye he beat Keavon Buckley of Arizona State in overtime before claiming a medical forfeit over Brady Filliland-Daniel of Arizona State. His day ended with a 3-1 loss to Daniel Stibral of NDSU in the third-place match.
The Dragons will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Kearney, Neb. for the UNK Holiday Inn Open before returning to Moorhead to face crosstown rival Concordia on Nov. 24.