Competing at the National Collegiate Open in Smyrna, Delaware, both 149-pound Brayton Lee and 197-pound Garrett Joles were crowned champions. Both competing unattached, Lee and Joles gave the Gophers two champions out of two grapplers.
Minnesota was one of only three teams to crown two tournament champions and they did so with the fewest number of competitors.
Joles charged his way through the 197-pound bracket with three bonus point victories, including a 16-4 major decision in the final round over Chasen Blair of North Carolina. Joles outscored his opponents 44-7 in the tournament.
Lee’s five-match run began with a 10-4 decision over Matt Grippi followed by a 20-13 decision over Peter Tedesco. In the Gophers’ dual with Maryland earlier this season, Tommy Thorn also defeated Tedesco.
The Brownsburg, Indiana native advanced to the semifinals with a 22-7 technical fall before earning a spot in the finals with a strong 5-1 decision.
Lee defeated Daxton Gordon of California Baptist University by decision in the final round.
Brayton Lee (First Place)
Round of 32: Brayton Lee dec. (10-4) Matt Grippi (NC State)
Round of 16: Brayton Lee dec. (20-13) Peter Tedesco (Maryland)
Quarterfinals: Brayton Lee tech. fall (22-7) Michael Zarif (Binghamton)
Semifinals: Brayton Lee dec. (5-1) AJ Jaffe
Finals: Brayton Lee dec. (9-7) Daxton Gordon (California Baptist University)
Garrett Joles (First Place)
Round of 16: Garrett Joles major dec. (10-1) Cole Forrester (Air Force Prep)
Quarterfinals: Garrett Joles tech. fall (15-0) Mason Fischella (Appalachian State)
Semifinals: Garrett Joles dec. (3-2) Mike Bulkin (Columbia)
Finals: Garrett Joles major dec. (16-4) Chasen Blair (North Carolina)