As the Gophers starting lineup claimed two road Big Ten victories over the weekend, two Gophers claimed individual titles at the Worthington Open and a third placed fifth.
174-pound Bailee O’Reilly and 184-pound Caden Steffen took home titles while 133-pound Jake Gliva finished in fifth place. All three Gophers in the competition placed on the podium.
O’Reilly won all his matches by bonus points and finished the tournament outscoring his opponents 30-4 with his last two matches decided by fall (3:34) and injury forfeit.
Steffen, a freshman, had bonus points in his first two matches before securing victory by decision in the semifinals and championship round. He outscored his opponents 44-9 on the road to the Open title.
Gliva won his first bout by major decision 11-3 but fell by decision in his next bout. The freshman bounced back by winning his following two bouts by a combined score of 34-7 and finished off the competition with a 7-2 decision to claim fifth place.
133-pound Jake Gliva
Round of 16: Jake Gliva major dec. Xavier Maxwell (Ellsworth CC) 11-3
Round of 8: Jack Huffman (Augustana) dec. Jake Gliva 12-5
Cons. Round of 8: Jake Gliva major dec. Josh Garcia (Iowa CCC) 18-5
Cons. Round of 4: Jake Gliva major dec. Addisuone Harrington (Concordia College) 16-2
Fifth Place Match: Jake Gliva dec. Xavier Maxwell (Ellsworth CC) 7-2
174-pound Bailee O’Reilly
Round of 16: Bailee O’Reilly major dec. Nick Rogge (Augsburg) 11-3
Round of 8: Bailee O’Reilly tech. fall Hayden Voxland (Southwest MN State) 19-1
Semifinals: Bailee O’Reilly fall (3:34) Nick Gravdahl (Concordia College)
Championship: Bailee O’Reilly injury default Kolby Kost (Augustana)
184-pound Caden Steffen
Round of 16: Caden Steffen major dec. Cameron Butler (Ellsworth CC) 13-3
Round of 8: Caden Steffen tech. fall Cannon Kelly (Iowa CCC) 20-3
Semifinals: Caden Steffen dec. Marcus Placide (Iowa Lakes) 3-2
Championship: Caden Steffen dec. Elijah Dirkx (Morningside) 8-1