Rochester, Minn. — Minnesota State finished Saturday’s RCTC Yellowjacket Open in Rochester, Minn. with four wrestlers placing in top-five positions in their weight classes.
Max Villnow (Fr., 285 lbs.)(Unattached) finished in a podium position Saturday, compiling a 3-1 record, and finishing second at 285. Villnow reached the championship match by winning his first three matches. Villnow pinned his first opponent in 3:42, and won by a 5-1 decision in his second match. A 10-7 decision over Tyler Burt (UW-Eau Claire) in the semifinals would guarantee Villnow a second place finish. Villnow was defeated by Steven Hajas (Augustana) by a fall in 2:52 in the first place match for his only loss of the tournament.
Dylan Butts (Fr., 184 lbs.)(Unattached) took third place at the 184 weight class, finishing 3-1 on the day. Butts won his first match by a 6-3 decision, and his second by an 8-4 decision. Butts lost in the semifinal match by a 10-5 decision. Butts was pitted against Isaac Lahr (Wisconsin-La Crosse) in the 3rd place match, where he won by a 7-3 decision to finish in third at the tournament.
Don Boone (Fr., 157 lbs.)(Unattached) completed the tournament with a 4-1 record, good for fifth place at 157 pounds. He won his first match on a 7-5 decision but then dropped his second match by a fall in 2:24. Boone then wrestled through the consolation bracket to reach its top spot. They did not play the 5th place match between Boone and fellow Maverick Brody Nielsen, which led to them both being named co-fifth place winners at the tournament.
Brody Nielsen (Fr. 157 lbs.)(Unattached) wrestled to a record of 3-1 at the tournament which was also good enough for a fifth-place finish at the 157-pound weight class. Nielsen was pinned in 4:27 in his first match to drop him to the consolation bracket for the rest of the tournament. There, he won his next three matches to bring him to that co-fifth place finish alongside teammate Don Boone.
The Mavericks will next travel to Decorah, Iowa for the Luther Open on Nov. 10.
Minnesota State Wrestlers at the RCTC Yellowjacket Open:
Cooper Siebrecht (Fr., 149 lbs. 0-2)(Unattached)
Don Boone (Fr., 157 lbs. 4-1)(Unattached)
Brody Nielsen (Fr., 157 lbs. 3-1)(Unattached)
Bridger Kraye (Fr., 174 lbs. 3-2)(Unattached)
Etienne Kenney (Fr., 174 lbs. 1-2)(Unattached)
Dylan Butts (Fr., 184 lbs. 3-1)(Unattached)
Max Villnow (Fr., 285 lbs. 3-1)(Unattached)