ROCHESTER, Minn. — Minnesota State finished Saturday’s RCTC Yellowjacket Open in Rochester, Minn., with three wrestlers placing in top-five positions in their weight classes.
Kyle Cavanaugh (Fr., 149 lbs.)(Unattached) took a third-place finish Saturday, compiling a 4-1 record, and finishing third at 149 lbs. Cavanaugh reached the third-place match by winning his first three matches before dropping the quarterfinal match. He pinned Alex Kleider (Northwestern) in 2:34 and won by a 5-2 decision in his second match against Spencer Miller (St. Cloud State). He then won a 6-5 decision over Brandon Kidd (RCTC) before dropping a 3-2 decision to Chance Throndson (Upper Iowa). In the third-place match, he won a 12-7 decision over Tyler Shackle (Wisconsin-La Crosse).
Mike Smith (Fr., 165 lbs.)(Unattached) finished in a podium position, going 3-1 on his way to a second-place finish. Smith won his first match with a 15-1 major decision win over Scott Kellenberger (Upper Iowa). He then won a 9-2 decision over Wesley Girardi (UW-Eau-Claire) before an 18-3 tech fall win over Charlie Gellerman (RCTC) secured Smith a spot in the championship match. He ultimately dropped the championship match with a 14-4 major decision loss to Colby Njos (Saint Cloud State).
Dylan Butts (So., 197 lbs.)(Unattached) wrestled his way to a third-place finish with a 4-1 record. Butts had a first-round bye in the opening round before an injury default win put him in the quarterfinals. He secured a 9-8 win over Jacob Dykes (Southwest Minnesota State). He then dropped the semifinal match in a 21-8 major decision win for Richie Hammonds (RCTC). Butts was then pitted against Zachary Finn (Cornell College) in the third-place match, where he won by a pin in 1:21 to finish in third at the tournament.
The Mavericks will next travel to Decorah, Iowa, for the Luther Open on Nov. 16.
Minnesota State Wrestlers at the RCTC Yellowjacket Open:
Kyle Cavanaugh (Fr., 149 lbs., 4-1)(Unattached)
Mike Smith (Fr., 165 lbs., 3-1)(Unattached)
Kyler Rieck (Fr., 165 lbs. 1-2)(Unattached)
Etienne Kinney (Sr., 174 lbs. 3-2)(Unattached)
Nic Leo (Fr., 184 lbs.,1-2)(Unattached)
Bridger Kraye (So., 184 lbs., 0-2)(Unattached)
Dylan Butts (So., 197 lbs., 3-1)(Unattached)
Max Villnow (So., 285 lbs., 5-2)(Unattached)