Storm Lake, Iowa — Minnesota State saw ten wrestlers finish in the top eight of their weight classes, with three Mavericks reaching the finals at the Buena Vista Open.
Trevor Turriff (Fr., 184 lbs.) dominated his weight class to finish 4-0 on the day. Turriff faced two Division 1 wrestlers at the tournament and walked away victorious over both. He started the tournament off by defeating University of Colorado’s Joseph Prieto by tech fall (18-0). After a 4-3 decision win in his second match, Turriff faced Southwest Minnesota State’s Cole Hennen and defeated him on a 14-1 major decision. In the first-place match, he was pitted against Russel Rucklos of South Dakota State, where he battled to an 11-8 decision victory to win the 184-pound bracket. Turriff has yet to be defeated in a match this year as he improved to 5-0 overall.
Kyle Rathman (So., 149 lbs.) breezed through his first two matches with a tech fall (17-2) and a 13-2 major decision. He then won on a 5-2 decision to bring him to the semifinal round. There, Rathman overpowered his opponent to earn a 10-2 major decision victory. In the first-place match, he faced a tough South Dakota State wrestler in Henry Pohlmeyer and lost by a 6-0 decision. Rathman ended the day in second place in the 149-pound bracket.
Zach Johnston (Jr., 174 lbs.) impressed in his first action of the season. Johnston got off to a hot start by winning his first three matches by major decisions of 14-0, 11-2, and 14-4. The hot streak finally came to an end in the first-place match where he was defeated by Kyle Briggs on a tech fall (20-2). Johnston finished the day with a 3-1 record that earned him second place at 174 lbs.
Seven additional Mavericks placed at the Buena Vista Open including Logan Saltou (Jr., 165 lbs.) third, Brody Nielsen (Fr., 157 lbs.) fourth, Kolbe O’Brien (Fr., 141 lbs.) fifth, Lucas Hagel (Jr., 125 lbs.) sixth, Trenton McManus (So., 133 lbs.) sixth, Justin Schultz (Fr., 149 lbs.) seventh, and Neil Clement (So., 165 lbs.) eighth.
The Mavericks will travel next to Las Vegas for the Desert Duals on Monday, December 17th.
Maverick records at Buena Vista Open:
Lucas Hagel (Jr., 125 lbs.) 3-2
Trenton McManus (So. 133 lbs.) 2-2
Kolbe O’Brien (Fr., 141 lbs.) 5-1
Anthony Heng (So., 149 lbs.) 2-2
Justin Schultz (Fr., 149 lbs.) 3-2
Kyle Rathman (So., 149 lbs.) 4-1
Brody Nielsen (Fr., 157 lbs.) 3-2
Don Boone (Fr., 157 lbs.) 2-2
Daniel Close (Sr., 157 lbs.) 3-2
Neil Clement (So., 165 lbs.) 3-3
Etienne Kinney (Jr., 165 lbs.) 1-2
Logan Saltou (Jr., 165 lbs.) 4-1
Seth Elwood (Sr., 165 lbs.) 2-2
Zach Johnston (Jr., 174 lbs.) 3-1
Brandon Moen (Fr., 184 lbs.) 0-0 (injury default)
Trevor Turriff (Fr., 184 lbs.) 4-0
Sam Horn (Fr., 285 lbs.) 0-2