Three Mavericks Place at the RCTC Yellowjacket Open

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.

2019 Yellowjacket Open results

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)

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