Three Mavericks Finish In Podium Position At Luther Open

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota State finished the Luther Open on Saturday with three wrestlers claiming a podium finish in their brackets, and 14 total Mavericks placing at the tournament.

Kyle Rathman (Jr., 149 lbs.) wrestled in the Elite 149 bracket where he finished 3-1 to earn a second-place finish at the tournament. Rathman won by fall over Klayton Keller of Cornell College in 2:21 in his first match. He then won in a 15-4 major decision over Chance Throndson of Upper Iowa. An 8-2 victory over Brady Fritz of Wartburg put Rathman in the championship match where he ultimately fell to Iowa’s Vincent Turk by a 13-7 decision.

Zach Johnston (Sr., 174 lbs.) posted a 2-1 record in the Elite 174 bracket in earning a second-place finish at the tournament. Johnston got off to a fast start with a fall over Luther College’s Tyler Menegay at 2:43. He then won with a 7-1 decision over Luke Silva of Coe College. Johnston ultimately lost in a 16-5 major decision in the championship match to Kyle Briggs of Wartburg College.

Mike Smith (Fr., 165 lbs.) wrestled to a 2-1 record in the Silver 165 bracket to earn a second-place finish. He earned a 6-5 victory over Cael Krueger of Coe College in his first match. He pinned Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Garrett Carlson in 2:20 for a spot in the championship match. He fell in a 16-3 major decision to Christian Minto of North Iowa Area Community College to finish second.

The remaining Maverick wrestlers that placed at the Luther Open include Trenton McManus (Jr., 125 lbs.) sixth, Kolbe O’Brien (R-So., 133 lbs.) fourth, Louie Sanders (Sr., 141 lbs.) sixth, Brody Nielsen (So., 157 lbs.) sixth, Logan Saltou (Sr., 165 lbs.) fifth, Etienne Kinney (Sr. 165 lbs.) sixth, Dylan Butts (So., 184 lbs.) eighth, Kyle Cavanaugh (Fr., 149 lbs.), Kyler Rieck (Fr., 165 lbs.) fifth, Bridger Kraye (So., 174 lbs.) fifth, Nic Leo (Fr., 184 lbs.) sixth.

2019 Luther College Open Results

Maverick wrestling records at the Luther College Open include:

Elite Brackets:
Trenton McManus (Jr., 125 lbs.) 1-3
Kolbe O’Brien (R-So., 133 lbs.) 2-2
Louie Sanders (Sr., 141 lbs.) 3-2
Kyle Rathman (Jr., 149 lbs.) 3-1
Brody Nielsen (So., 157 lbs.) 2-3
Logan Saltou (Sr., 165 lbs.) 4-1
Etienne Kinney (Sr. 165 lbs.) 3-2
Neil Clement (Jr., 165 lbs.) 1-2
Zach Johnston (Sr., 174 lbs.) 2-1
Dylan Butts (So., 184 lbs.) 2-3

Silver Brackets:
Kyle Cavanaugh (Fr., 149 lbs.) 4-1
Michael Smith (Fr., 165 lbs.) 2-1
Kyler Rieck (Fr., 165 lbs.) 3-2
Bridger Kraye (So., 174 lbs.) 4-2
Nic Leo (Fr., 184 lbs.) 2-3

Minnesota State will now travel to St. Charles, Mo., for the Lindenwood Open, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 23.

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