Gophers Find Success at Buena Vista Open

Over the weekend, ten Minnesota wrestlers competed in Iowa at the Buena Vista Open. Of those ten competitors, eight Gophers placed on the podium while at 149-pounds Jakob Bergeland earned the team’s lone title.

After starting his tournament with a pair of bonus point victories, Bergeland made his way to the championship match where he experienced his lone decision victory. The Hugo, Minnesota, native won in the first tie-breaker against St. Cloud State’s Jakes Pleski.

In matches that didn’t end in a pin or a forfeit, Bergeland outscored his opponents 33-1 on the weekend.

As a group, the Gophers racked up twelve pins on the weekend. At 133-pounds, Sebas Swiggum had three of those falls in his first three matches of the tournament.

The Gophers placers were, in order finish, Bergeland, Ryan Thomas, Hunter Ritter, Swiggum, and Jake Gliva. Cael Carlson, Kevin Meicher, and Caden Steffen all won their “Consolation Championships” to place.

All wrestlers competed unattached.

2019 Buena Vista Open Results

Gophers Results:

Jake Gliva (5th Place)
Champ Round 2: Jake Gliva MD (13-5) over Robby Horsman (St. Cloud State)
Quarters: Kyle Gollhofer (Northern Iowa) dec. (3-3) over Jake Gliva (Minnesota)
Cons. Round of 3: Jake Gliva inj. Default over Braedon Clopton (Briar Cliff)
Fifth Place: Jake Gliva fall (5:42) CaRon Watson (Briar Cliff)

Sebas Swiggum (3rd Place)
Prelim: Sebas Swiggum fall (2:02) Michael Moore (Iowa Lakes CC)
Champ. Round 1: Sebas Swiggum fall (1:14) Kaleb Horn (St. Cloud State)
Champ. Round 2: Sebas Swiggum fall (2:21) Jack Wagner (Northern Iowa)
Quarterfinal: Sebas Swiggum dec. (5-0) over Cameron Riggs (St. Cloud State)
Semifinal: Joey Bianchini TB-2 (RT 1-1) over Sebas Swiggum
Third Place Match: Sebas Swiggum MD (15-6) over Quentrevion Campbell (Ellsworth CC)

Jakob Bergeland (Champion)
Champ Round 1: Jakob Bergeland fall (2:24) Chase Dorman (Minnesota West CTC)
Champ Round 2: Jakob Bergeland TF (15-0) over Emmett Kuntz (Central Misssouri)
Quaterfinal: Jakob Bergeland by medical forfeit over Brady Fritz (Wartburg)
Semifinal: Jakob Bergeland TF (15-0) Kaleb Olenjeniczak (Northern Iowa)
Championships: Jakob Bergeland TB1 (3-1) James Pleski (St. Cloud State)

Cael Carlson (Consolation B Champion)
Prelim: Kory Van Oort (Unattached) dec. (3-2) Cael Carlson
Prelim: Cael Carlson fall (0:42) Salvador Quiroz (Simpson College)
Cons. Round 1: Cael Carlson dec. (9-2) over John Diener (Morningside)
Cons. Round 2: Cael Carlson fall (6:21) Zac Willey (Grand View)
Cons. Round 3: Cael Carlson fall (2:51) Ben Peters (Briar Clif)
Consolation “B” Championship: Cael Carlson dec. (6-2) over Teddy Pierce (St. Cloud State)

Kasper McIntosh (Consolation A Champion)
Prelim: Kasper McIntosh fall (6:48) Julian Giustiniano (Waldorf)
Champ. Round 1: Kasper McIntosh dec. (7-3) Teddy Pierce
Champ. Round 2: Cade DeVos (South Dakota State) SV1 (6-5) over Kasper McIntosh
Cons. Round 2: Kasper McIntosh by forfeit over Brody Nielsen (Minnesota State – Mankato)
Cons. Round 3: Kasper McIntosh MD (12-3) over Sean Howk (Southwest Minnesota State)
Consolation “A” Championship: Kasper McIntosh dec. (3-2) over Cooper Siebrecht (Minnesota State – Mankato)

Kevin Meicher (DNP)
Prelim: Andre Gamble (Iowa Central) dec. (7-5) over Kevin Meicher
Cons. Round 1: Shea Hartzler (Wartburg) dec. (3-1) over Kevin Meicher

Ryan Thomas (2nd Place)
Champ. Round 1: Ryan Thomas TF (20-5) over Zac Willey (Grand View)
Champ Round 2: Ryan Thomas TF (17-2) over Ezekial Williamson (St. Cloud State)
Quarterfinal: Ryan Thomas MD (15-4) over Martine Sandoval (Wartburg)
Semifinal: Ryan Thomas dec. (9-3) over Derek Holschlag (Northern Iowa)
Championships: Cade DeVos (South Dakota State) dec. (5-1) over Ryan Thomas

Caden Steffen (Consolation A Champion)
Champ. Round 1: Caden Steffen dec. (3-1) over Zac Stork (Grand View)
Champ. Round 2: Tyree Overton (St. Cloud State) dec. (12-6) over Caden Steffen
Cons. Round 2: Caden Steffen MD (10-1) over Justin Henry (Wartburg)
Cons. Round 3: Caden Steffen dec. (5-0) over Shane Gibson (Minnesota State – Mankato)
Consolation “A” Championship Caden Steffen dec. (3-2) over COle Hennen (Southwest Minnesota State)

Rowan Morgan (DNP)
Champ. Round 1: Tyrell Gordon (Northern Iowa) fall (1:14) Rowan Morgan
Cons. Round 1: Rowan Morgan MD (8-0) over Jacob Dykes (Southwest Minnesota State)
Cons. Round 2: Rwan Morgan dec. (6-4) oer Brock Meyer (Wartburg)
Cons. Round 3: Jacob Wiley (Morningside) dec. (5-3) over Rowan Morgan

Hunter Ritter (Second)
Champ. Round 1: Hunter Ritter fall (6:08) over Dylan Butts (Minnesota State – Mankato)
Champ. Round 2: Hunter Ritter MD (11-1) over Trayvonne Jackson (Ellsworth CC)
Quarterfinal: Hunter Ritter dec. (9-4) over Ben Thompson (Southwest Minnesota State)
Semifinal: Hunter Ritter fall (3:43) Riley Vanik (St. Cloud State)
Championship: Tyrell Gordon (Northern Iowa) dec. (8-2) over Hunter Ritter

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