Four Gophers Claim North Country Open Titles

Four Gophers competing at the North Country Open took home titles while four others placed in the top-three.

125-pound Patrick McKee, 149-pound Brayton Lee, 174-pound Bailee O’Reilly, and 197-pound Rylee Streifel all came away with the championships in their weight classes. Both 141-pound Ben Brancale and 149-pound Tyler Waterson made runs to the final round but dropped to second while 133-pound Jake Gliva, 184-pound Caden Steffen took home third place

O’Reilly won his second Open tournament title in two weeks after taking home the Worthington Open Championship last weekend. After pinning his first two opponents in a combined four minutes O’Reilly finished off the tournament with consecutive decisions over wrestlers from Augsburg.

At the lightest weight class, McKee began his day with a technical fall and ended it with a major decision victory in the finals.

Lee secured bonus points in three of his four matches, including a technical fall victory over fellow Gopher Tyler Waterson in the championship bout.

Streifel also had a great weekend with two falls in a combined 4:28 to start his run. The former heavyweight dominated his final two matches with a pair of victories where he didn’t allow his opponents to score a single point.

Brancale won three straight matches to start the day but ultimately dropped a decision in the final round.

Gliva took home third place with a strong performance after dropping his second match. The freshman scored bonus points in all of his victories

Steffen also placed third after rebounding from an early loss to finish off the Open with three consecutive wins.

149-pound Jake Bergeland was injured in his first match and did not finish the open.

North Country Open Results

125-pound Patrick McKee (Unattatched)
Quarterfinals: Patrick McKee tech. fall (22-7) Jeremy Leintz (Mary)
Semifinals: Patrick McKee inj. forfeit Cameron Williams (MSU-Moorhead)
Championship: Patrick McKee major dec. (9-1) Victor Gliva (Augsburg)

133-pound Jake Gliva (Unattatched)
Round of 16: Jake Gliva tech. fall (17-2) Zack Zavadil (Saint John’s)
Quarterfinals: McGwire Midkiff (North Dakota State) dec. (7-0) Jake Gliva
Cons. Round of 8: Jake Gliva fall (4:30) Spencer Hubger (Unat. South Dakota State)
Cons. Round of 4 (1): Jake Gliva major dec. (12-2) Taylor Jeffries (Unat. Augustana)
Cons. Round of 4 (2): Jake Gliva tech. fall (16-1) Jack Huffman (Unat. Augustana)
Third Place Match: Jake Gliva major dec. Brandon Carroll (Unat. Augustana)

141-pound Ben Brancale
Round of 16: Ben Brancale fall (4:25) Gage Zieske (Augsburg)
Quarterfinals: Ben Brancale major dec. (13-3) Tanner Day (Augsburg)
Semifinals: Ben Brancale dec. (3-2) David Flynn (Augsburg)
Championship: Dylan Droegemueller (North Dakota State) dec. (7-4) Ben Brancale

149-pound Brayton Lee (Unattatched)
Round of 16: Brayton Lee major dec. (19-7) Taylor Nein (North Dakota State)
Quarterfinals: Brayton Lee tech. fall (18-3)Jack Vaselaar (Augsburg)
Semifinals: Brayton Lee dec. (11-5) Alex Wilson (Augsburg)
Championship: Brayton Lee tech. fall (24-9) Tyler Waterson (Unat. Minnesota)

149-pound Tyler Waterson (Unattached)
Round of 16: Tyler Waterson dec. (3-2) Joey Bianchini (Unat. St. Cloud)
Quarterfinals: Tyler Waterson dec. (5-2) Justin Kopet (Augsburg)
Semifinals: Tyler Waterson tech. fall (16-1) Gavin Sutton (North Dakota St.)
Championship: Brayton Lee tech. fall (24-9) Tyler Waterson (Unat. Minnesota)

149-pound Jake Bergeland
Round of 16: Jake Mandt (Unat. St. Cloud State) inj. (1:13) Jake Bergeland
Cons. Round of 16: Taylor Nein (North Dakota State) medical forfeit over Jake Bergeland

165-pound Kasper McIntosh (Unattached)
Quarterfinals: Kasper McIntosh dec. (8-6) Payton Hume (Unat. Mary)
Semifinals: Lucas Jeske (Augsburg) dec. (4-1) Kasper McIntosh
Cons. Round of 4: Kasper McIntosh dec. (6-3) Kenneth O’Neil (Unat. South Dakota State)
Third Place Match: Kasper McIntosh dec. (3-2) Austin Brenner (North Dakota State)

174-pound Bailee O’Reilly (Unattached)
Round of 16: Bailee O’Reilly fall (1:04) Luke Clark (Unat. St. Cloud State)
Quarterfinals: Bailee O’Reilly fall (2:56) Luke Wilson (Augsburg)
Semifinals: Bailee O’Reilly dec. (6-2) Nick Rogge (Augsburg)
Championship Bailee O’Reilly dec. (9-8) Tanner Vassar (Augsburg)

184-pound Caden Steffen (Unattached)
Round of 16: Caden Steffen fall (2:08) Dan Gehrz (Saint John’s)
Quarterfinals: Todd Pottinger (North Dakota State) dec. 3-2 Caden Steffen
Cons. Round of 4 (1): Caden Steffen major dec. (12-3) Dylan Lentz (Aubgsburg)
Cons. Round of 4 (2): Caden Steffen dec. (13-10) Riley Vanik (St. Cloud State)
Third Place Match: Caden Steffen dec. (6-5) Solomon Nielsen (Augsburg)

197-pound Rylee Streifel
Round of 16: Rylee Streifel fall (3:43) Jarret Haglund (Unat. Augustana)
Quarterfinals: Rylee Streifel fall (0:45) Zhanat Seitkuzhin (St. Olaf)
Semifinals: Rylee Streifel major dec. (11-0) Cole Witzig (North Dakota State)
Finals: Rylee Streifel dec. (4-0) Lance Benick (Augsburg)

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