Ortloff Wins Title to Lead Dragon Wrestlers at Menlo Open

ATHERTON, CA — Freshman Braydon Ortloff won the championship at 157 pounds to lead the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team at the Menlo Open on Saturday in Atherton, Calif.

Ortloff was undefeated on the day, starting with a win via fall over James Calhoun from Pacific University. That was the first of three wins via fall for Ortloff, as after winning his quarterfinal match 10-8 he pinned Esteban Molina in 1:18 before pinning Bernie Truax in the championship.

Redshirt sophomore Seth Hutchison took second place at 133 pounds, with his only loss coming in the championship match, Hutchison started the day with a fall over Isaac Stalcyp of Schreiner University before beating Johnny Maldonado 10-0. He won his semifinal match 4-3 over Blake McNall from Eastern Oregon.

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The other Dragon to place was redshirt freshman Evan Foster, who finished fourth at 184 pounds. He started his day with a 13-10 win over Patrick Romero of Colorado Mesa before beating Elliy Gorelik of Menlo College 10-1. In the quarterfinals he beat Gottlieb Davis from Umpqua Community College 8-6 before losing his semifinal match to Justin Pichedwatana of San Francisco State. After winning his consolation semifinal in overtime he lost the third-place match to Nolan Krone of Colorado Mesa University.

As a team the Dragons finished in fifth place with 74.5 points. Menlo College won with 148 points, followed by Colorado Mesa (123), Simon Fraser (89.5) and Eastern Oregon (82.0).

Menlo Open Results

The Dragons will resume NSIC competition next weekend when they travel to Bismarck to face the University of Mary on Friday night before going to Minot to face the Minot State Beavers on Saturday afternoon.

Menlo Open Results/MSUM
133 pounds
Champ. Round 1 – Seth Hutchison (MSUM) won by fall over Isaac Stalcup (Schreiner University) 2:47
Quarterfinal – Seth Hutchison (MSUM) won by major decision over Johnny Maldonado (Unattached) 10-0
Semifinal – Seth Hutchison (MSUM) won by decision over Blake McNall (Eastern Oregon) 4-3
1st Place Match – Blaysen Terukina (Menlo College) won by decision over Seth Hutchison (MSUM) 5-4

141 pounds
Champ. Round 1 – Mason Schulz (MSUM) won by fall over Tyler Miler (Eastern Oregon) 3:48
Quarterfinal – Mason Schulz (MSUM) won by fall over Jesus Guizar (Menlo College) 1:14
Semifinal – Aso Palani (Unattached) won by decision over Mason Schulz (MSUM) 6-4
Cons. Semi – Wyatt Cornelison (Cal Poly) won by decision over Mason Schulz (MSUM) 9-5

157 pounds
Champ. Round 1 – Braydon Ortloff (MSUM) won by fall over James Calhoun (Pacific University) 0:36
Quarterfinal – Braydon Ortloff (MSUM) won by decision over Kevin James (Menlo College) 10-8
Semifinal – Braydon Ortloff (MSUM) won by fall over Esteban Molina (Unattached) 1:18
1st Place Match – Braydon Ortloff (MSUM) won by fall over Bernie Truax (Unattached) 4:51

165 pounds
Champ. Round 1 – Justin Dravis (MSUM) received a bye
Quarterfinal – Tyler Eischens (MSUM) won by tech fall over Justin Dravis (Minnesota Moorehead) 15-0
Cons. Round 2 – Justin Dravis (MSUM) won by fall over Tyler Wilson (Eastern Oregon) 1:34
Cons. Round 3 – Justin Dravis (MSUM) won by fall over Dylan Miracle (Cal Poly) 1:08
Cons. Semi – Alejandro Garcia (Menlo College) won by decision over Justin Dravis (MSUM) 5-1

174 pounds
Champ. Round 1 – Jesus Zamorano (Menlo College) won by decision over Tyler Farless (MSUM) 7-6
Cons. Round 1 – Josh Hammers (Umpqua CC) won by fall over Tyler Farless (MSUM) 2:52

184 pounds
Champ. Round 1 – Evan Foster (MSUM) won by decision over Patrick Romero (Colorado Mesa Univ) 13-10
Champ. Round 2 – Evan Foster (MSUM) won by major decision over Elliy Gorelik (Menlo College) 10-1
Quarterfinal – Evan Foster (MSUM) won by decision over Gottlieb Davis (Umpqua CC) 8-6
Semifinal – Justin Pichedwatana (San Francisco State) won by tech fall over Evan Foster (MSUM) 17-0
Cons. Semi – Evan Foster (MSUM) won in overtime over Dino Gary May (Eastern Oregon) 9-7
3rd Place Match – Nolan Krone (Colorado Mesa Univ) won by major decision over Evan Foster (MSUM) 8-0

197 pounds
Champ. Round 1 – Mitch Kotschevar (MSUM) won by fall over Ian Morford (Pacific University) 1:07
Quarterfinal – Mitch Kotschevar (MSUM) won by major decision over Timothy Smith (Simon Fraser University) 9-1
Semifinal – Anthony Lodermeier (Colorado Mesa Univ) won by decision over Mitch Kotschevar (MSUM) 2-0
Cons. Semi – Nolan Badovinac (Simon Fraser University) won by fall over Mitch Kotschevar (MSUM) 1:23

285 pounds
Champ. Round 1 – Sam Erckenbrack (MSUM) received a bye
Champ. Round 2 – Sam Erckenbrack (MSUM) won by decision over Robert Hernandez (Schreiner University) 5-1
Quarterfinal – Ciaran Ball (Simon Fraser University) won by decision over Sam Erckenbrack (MSUM) 7-2
Cons. Round 4 – Cortez Rodelo (Warner Pacific) won by injury default over Sam Erckenbrack (MSUM)

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