CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Cody Donnelly and Bowen McConville each recorded runner-up finishes in the upper weights to lead the South Dakota State wrestling team during competition Saturday at the UNI Open.
Donnelly, a freshman from Philip, went 2-1 on the day at 197 pounds. After receiving a first-round bye, Donnelly pinned Northern Iowa’s Noah Glaser in a minute in the quarterfinals, then earned an 11-4 decision over Minnesota’s Garrett Joles in the semifinals. In the championship match, Donnelly fell to Michial Foy of Minnesota by an 11-1 major decision.
A junior from Renton, Washington, McConville reached the finals of the heavyweight division after posting a 7-6 decision over Ethan Andersen of Iowa State and winning by injury default over Missouri’s Seth Nitzel in the first two rounds. McConville met UNI’s Tyrell Gordon in the title bout but lost by fall late in the third period.
Two Jackrabbits placed in the top five of the 184-pound division as freshman Roman Rogotzke finished third and Cade King took fifth. Other Jackrabbit wrestlers to place at the UNI Open included Daniel Kimball, fourth at 149 pounds, and Cael Swensen, sixth at 157 pounds.
UP NEXT: South Dakota State returns to dual action next Saturday (Dec. 18) at Nebraska. Start time is set for 2 p.m. at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.