Blees and Jones lead Dragon Wrestlers at Day 1 of Midwest Classic

INDIANAPOLIS — Minnesota State University Moorhead Senior Adam Blees will wrestle in the 174-pound semifinals on Sunday morning at the 40th annual Midwest Classic, while sophomore Cole Jones will compete in the wrestleback round on Sunday.

Blees started his day in the 174-pound weight bracket with a 6-1 win over Ilyaz Veysalov of Gannon. His second-round match went to overtime where he scored a takedown to beat Miguel Batrreras of Central Oklahoma. He ended his day by pinning Gavin Wilkerson of Mercyhurst late in the third period. He will face Nathan Vandermeer of Findlay for a spot in the championship.

Jones opened his day at 125 pounds with a major decision win over Zachary Collins of Findlay before winning a 11-6 decision over John Watts of Coker College. His lone loss came in the quarterfinals when Carlos Jacquez won a 10-4 decision. Jones will compete in the wrestleback round on Sunday morning against Eric Bartos of Mercyhurst.

Other Dragons to compete include Mason Schulz (2-2) and Evan Foster who both finished 2-2 on the tournament.

The two-day event will conclude on Sunday with wrestling starting at 8 a.m. CT, with the finals scheduled to start at Noon CT.

Midwest Classic Brackets/Results on

MSU-Moorhead Results:

Cole Jones maj. dec Zachary Collins (Findlay) 12-1
Cole Jones dec John Watts (Coker College) 11-6
Carlos Jacquez (Lindenwood) dec Cole Jones (10-4)

Justin Folley (Upper Iowa) fall Seth Hutchison 0:43
Alex Waggoner (Maryville) maj. dec Seth Hutchison (12-3)

Mason Schulz dec. Jonathan Miller (UNC-Pembroke) 13-7
Isaiah Royal (Newberry) dec. Mason Schulz 4-2
Mason Schulz inj. def. Riley Bears (McKendree) 0:57
Kevin Kissane (Newman) dec Mason Schulz 10-7

Joe Schumacher maj. dec Ryan Steffan (Upper Iowa) 11-1
Blake Clevenger (Drury) maj. dec Joe Schumacher 9-1
Austin Shaw (Seton Hill) med. FF Joe Schumacher

Tyler Makosy (UNC-Pembroke) dec Braydon Ortloff 5-2
Braydon Ortloff fall Nate Trepannier (Lindenwood) 3:36
Ryan Rochford (Adams State) dec Braydon Ortloff 9-7

Shane Gantz (Wisconsin-Parkside) dec Justin Dravis 5-2
Hunter Mullin (Western Colorado) fall Justin Dravis 5:38

Adam Blees dec Ilyaz Veysalov (Gannon) 6-1
Adam Blees SV-1 Miguel Barreras (Central Oklahoma) 5-3
Adam Blees fall Gavin Wilkerson (Mercyhurst) 6:48

Brandon Sloop (UNC-Pembroke) dec Evan Foster (16-9
Evan Foster fall Grayson Spell (Coker College) 3:35
Evan Foster dec Kaden Campbell (Northern State) 6-5
Bailey Kelly (Maryville) maj. dec Evan Foster 11-2

Nick Baumler (Upper Iowa) fall Mitch Kotschevar 2:22
Agustus Boyd (Ouachita Baptist) dec Mitch Kotschevar 12-5

Sam Erckenbrack maj. dec Preston Stell (Emmanuel) 12-2
Evan Loughman (Lake Erie College) fall Sam Erckenbrack 0:28
Tanner Hawkins (Ouachita Baptist) SV-1 Sam Erckebrack 4-2

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