Bison Claim Three Championships at Dragon Open

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Three North Dakota State wrestlers picked up victories, while 11 Bison secured placing finishes, at the Dragon Open hosted by Minnesota State-Moorhead on Sunday.

Michael Caliendo, Gabriel Schumm, and Michael Weber took home top honors in their respective classes, while Clay Radenz also reached a final.

Caliendo, who wrestled unattached at 165, continued his unbeaten start to his collegiate career, as he improved to 10-0 on the season with three victories, including a pair of major decisions.

Schumm, who also wrestled unattached, claimed the 141-pound title, his first open bracket victory with the Bison. Schumm recorded a pair of mins before a major decision and a 6-4 win in the final.

Weber went 3-0 in the 157-pound bracket to claim his first open title as a Bison. Weber started off with a pair of major decision victories before a 4-1 win in the final.

Radenz, who wrestled unattached at 149 pounds, made the final in his bracket after a pair of third-period tech falls to start his day and reach the final. However, the freshman came up short, taking home second-place honors.

Four Bison overcame an early-round loss to secure third-place finishes, while three other Bison placed in the top six at the event.

MSU Moorhead Dragon Open Results

Results (Ordered by Place, then Alphabetically)

Michael Caliendo (Unattached 165) | 3-0, 1st Place
W major dec Riley Noble (Mary), 10-2
W dec Chase Bloomquist (Northern State), 5-2
W major dec Braydon Ortloff (MSU Moorhead), 19-8

Gabriel Schumm (Unattached 141) | 4-0, 1st Place
W fall Ethan Wonser (Minot State), 1:31
W fall Jacob Vogel (Minnesota West CTC), 2:16
W major dec Jacob Prunty (Concordia-Moorhead), 10-2
W dec Kelby Armstrong (Minot State), 6-4

Michael Weber (157) | 3-0, 1st Place
W major dec Izaak Hunsley (Northern State), 11-1
W major dec Lucas Hodges (SW Minnesota St), 9-0
W dec James Pierandozzi (St. Cloud State), 4-1

Clay Radenz (Unattached 149) | 2-1, 2nd Place
W tech fall Ryan Scherber (Mary), 19-3 (5:45)
W tech fall Adam DeBoer (Northern State), 18-0 (5:30)
L dec Nick Novak (St. Cloud State), 4-0

Austin Braun (149) | 3-1, 3rd Place
W dec Jacob Morgan (Mary), 4-3
L dec Nick Novak (St. Cloud State), 5-1
W dec Ryan Scherber (Mary), 7-2
W dec Pedro Velazquez (North Dakota State), 8-4

Mason Gode (Unattached 165) | 3-1, 3rd Place
W dec Elijah Sterner (SW Minnesota St), 5-1
L dec Braydon Ortloff (MSU Moorhead), SV-1 7-5
W dec Riley Noble (Mary), 4-2
W med. forfeit Chase Bloomquist (Northern State)

Cole Gripka (Unattached 285) | 3-1, 3rd Place
L dec Michael Loyola (Northern State), 5-3
W fall Jacob Dykes (SW Minnesota St), 4:49
W fall Joshua Trumble (Northern State), 0:44
W fall Samuel Grove (MSU Moorhead), 6:44

Mannix Morgan (Unattached 174) | 4-1, 3rd Place
W tech fall Kevin Bostwick (SW Minnesota St), 16-1 (4:58)
W fall Samuel Stroup (Northern State), 6:07
L fall Justin Dravis (MSU Moorhead), 2:10
W tech fall Alex Sandoval (Minot State), 21-4 (5:00)
W med. forfeit Carter Marx (SW Minnesota St)

Pedro Velazquez (Unattached 149) | 2-2, 4th Place
L major dec Nick Novak (St. Cloud State), 9-0
W dec Jacob Morgan (Mary), 6-0
W dec Adam DeBoer (Northern State), 5-1
L dec Austin Braun (North Dakota State), 8-4

Lathan Duda (Unattached 184) | 2-2, 5th Place
L dec Ben Gilbertson (St. Johns), 9-5
W med. forfeit Micheal Elliott (Mary)
L inj. Ayden Friese (Concordia-Moorhead), 0:23
W med. forfeit Treyton Cacek (Northern State)

Julian Perez (Unattached 125) | 1-3, 6th Place
L fall Jackson Stauffacher (SW Minnesota St), 1:47
W tech fall Thomas Hardy (Northland CTC), 16-1 (1:41)
L fall Brenden Salfrank (Northern State), 2:25
L dec Logen Fischer (Minot State), 8-7

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