Caliendo Leads Bison at Daktronics Open

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Freshman Michael Caliendo led the way for Bison wrestlers at the 2021 Warren Williamson Daktronics Open on Sunday, claiming first in the 165-pound bracket as seven Bison placed in a field that included seven Division I schools participate.

Caliendo, who wrestled unattached, picked up four victories by decision to claim the title, including a pair of top 25 wins. Caliendo defeated No. 18 Tanner Cook of South Dakota State to start his day and then added wins against Grant Stotts and Austin Kraisser of Iowa State.

In the championship round, Caliendo defeated No. 25 Austin Yank of Northern Iowa 5-2 to claim his second tournament victory of the season. He improves to 7-0 on the year after sweeping the Cobber Open 3-0 in early November.

Three Bison picked up fourth-place finishes at the event, including DJ Parker, Riley Habisch, and Gabriel Schumm. Parker, who wrestled unattached along with Schumm, and Habisch went 3-2 overall in the 184-pound and 174-pound divisions, respectively. Schumm needed an extra match to reach the third-place match and was 4-2 overall on the day.

Schumm lost in the third-place match to No. 31 Cael Happel of Northern Iowa 9-2. Both of Parker’s losses came to ranked opponents, No. 4 Parker Keckeisen of Northern Iowa and No. 17 Taylor Venz of Nebraska.

Austin Brenner (174), Spencer Mooberry (197), unattached, and Cole Gripka (285), unattached, also placed for the Bison, with each taking sixth overall.

SDSU Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open Results

Placing Results

Michael Caliendo (Unattached 165) | 4-0, 1st Place
W dec #18 Tanner Cook (South Dakota State), 8-4
W dec Grant Stotts (Iowa State), 3-1
W dec Austin Kraisser (Iowa State), 8-6
W dec #25 Austin Yant (Northern Iowa), 5-2

Gabriel Schumm (Unattached 141) | 4-2, 4th Place
W fall Gable Fox (Northern Iowa), 4:40
L dec Marcos Polanco (Minnesota), 8-3
W fall Garrett Moll (Northern Iowa), 1:34
W dec Tucker Sjomeling (Nebraska), 10-9
W fall Ethan Basile (Northern Iowa), 4:10
L dec #31 Cael Happel (Northern Iowa), 9-2

Riley Habisch (174) | 3-2, 4th Place
L dec Bailee O’Reilly (Unattached), 7-3
W dec Jared Simma (Northern Iowa), 11-8
W dec Mannix Morgan (NDSU), 6-1
W dec Austin Brenner (NDSU), 3-2
L major dec Bailee O’Reilly (Unattached), 7-3

DJ Parker (Unattached 184) | 3-2, 4th Place
W fall Tate Battani (South Dakota State), 1:49
W major dec Brandyn Van Tassel (Nebraska), 16-3
L major dec #4 Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa), 11-2
W dec Sam Kruger (South Dakota State), 3-1
L tech fall #17 Taylor Venz (Nebraska), 17-0

Austin Brenner (174) | 2-3, 6th Place
W major dec Jared Simma (Northern Iowa), 8-0
W fall Elise Brownton (Nebraska), 5:57
L dec Joel Shapiro (Iowa State), 3-0
L dec Riley Habisch (NDSU), 3-2
L med. forfeit Pat Scheonfelder (Northern Iowa)

Spencer Mooberry (Unattached 197) | 2-3, 6th Place
L dec Adam Ahrendsen (Northern Iowa), 5-4
W dec Anthony Gaona (Nebraska), 7-5
W fall Noah Glaser (Northern Iowa), 0:48
L major dec Yonger Bastida (Iowa State), 15-6
L med. forfeit Adam Ahrendsen (Northern Iowa), 2-1

Cole Gripka (Unattached 285) | 1-3, 6th Place
W dec John McConkey (Northern Iowa), 6-2
L major dec #13 Christian Lance (Nebraska), 17-5
L dec Bowen McConville (South Dakota State), 5-4
L tech fall Keaton Kluever (Minnesota), 16-0

Non-Placing Results (Alphabetical)
Austin Braun (149) | 0-2
L tech fall Alek Martin (South Dakota State), 21-6
L dec Blaine Brenner (Minnesota), 9-3

Mason Gode (Unattached 165) | 0-2
L major dec Grant Stotts (Iowa State), 10-1
L fall #18 Tanner Cook (South Dakota State), 2:16

Juan Mora (Unattached 285) | 0-2
L major dec #29 Sam Schuyler (Iowa State), 12-3
L dec Ethan Andersen (Iowa State), 7-5

Mannix Morgan (Unattached 174) | 1-2
L major dec Dajun Johnson (Northern Iowa), 14-5
W major dec Gary Wokojance (NDSU), 9-1
L dec Riley Habisch (NDSU), 6-1

Michael Nelson (184) | 0-2
L dec Jacob Schoon (South Dakota State), 5-2
L major dec Brandyn Van Tassel (Nebraska), 12-3

Clay Radenz (Unattached 149) | 1-2
L major dec Daniel Kimball (South Dakota State), 21-6
W dec Ben Lunn (Minnesota), 14-8
L dec #31 Triston Lara (Northern Iowa), 15-13

Ryan Watts (Unattached 141) | 0-2
W major dec Ethan Basile (Northern Iowa), 15-6
W dec Tucker Sjomeling (Nebraska), 12-7

Michael Weber (157) | 1-2
W dec Kenny O’Neil (South Dakota State), 7-4
L dec #6 Peyton Robb (Nebraska), 10-4
L dec Kaleb Olejniczak (Northern Iowa), 3-1

Gary Wokojance (174) | 0-2
L fall #3 Mikey Labriola (Nebraska), 1:31
L major dec Mannix Morgan (NDSU), 9-1

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