MOORHEAD, Minn. – Minnesota State University Moorhead senior Braydon Ortloff and freshman Gage Roaldson each finished fourth in their weight classes at the Super Region V meet which was held on Saturday at Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minn.
Ortloff, in his final weekend as a Dragon, barely missed out on a second trip to nationals, taking fourth at 165.
Ortloff was locked in a tight battle with UMary’s Leo Mushinsky in the third-place match at 165. Ortloff led 3-2 late in the third period but Mushinsky scored a takedown in the final seconds to earn a 4-3 victory.
Ortloff lost his first match of the day to Augustana’s Miles Fitzgerald but got rolling in the wrestlebacks. He erased a 6-0 deficit against Minnesota State’s Michael Smith to record a pin in 3:55, and then followed with a pin of Northern’s Kelby Hawkins in 4:50 to reach the third-place match. Ortloff finished 6-7 on the season.
Roaldson had a good day to take fourth at 184. Like Ortloff, he lost a tough contest in the third-place match. Roaldson fell to Northern’s Treyton Cacek, 3-1 in a close third-place match.
Roaldson also lost his first match, falling, to eventual finalist Reece Woracheck 8-0, but battled back to beat Upper Iowa, 7-3 in his first consolation match. He followed with a 12-9 win over Gavin Christofferson in the next round, and then upset second-seeded and No. 5-ranked William Pitzner of St. Cloud State, 7-5 (sudden victory) to reach the third-place match.
Junior Cole Jones went 1-2 at a stacked 133-pound weight class. He beat Northern State’s Christopher Williams, 9-0 in the first round before losing UMary’s Reece Barnhardt, who is ranked sixth in the nation, 8-1 in the quarterfinals. Jones saw his tournament end with an 11-4 loss to SMSU’s Hunter Pfantz.
Junior Samuel Grove also went 1-2 at 285 for MSUM. He lost to Minnesota State’s Darrell Mason, 13-6 but came back with an 8-3 win over Parkside’s Ben Hakes. His day was ended by a technical fall loss to UMary’s Gerardo Jaime.
MSUM Wrestlers/Super Region V Tournament
125-Clayson Mele (0-2)
–lost by tech fall to Joe Arroyo (UWP), 16-0
–lost by dec. to Landen Fischer (NSU), 10-5, eliminated
133-Cole Jones (1-2)
–maj. dec. Christopher Williams (NSU), 9-0
–lost by dec. to Reece Barnhardt (UMary), 8-1
–lost by dec. to Hunter Pfantz (SMSU), 11-4, eliminated
141-Hunter Hayes (0-2)
–lost by tech fall to Joey Bianchini (SCSU), 21-4
–pinned by Kolton Roth (NSU), 3:44, eliminated
149-Ethan Kiehm (0-2)
–lost by tech fall to Kyle Rathman (Mankato), 16-0
–lost by by tech fall to Eric Faught (UIU), 15-0, eliminated
157-Peyton Ringling (0-2)
–lost by maj. dec. to Chase Luensman (UIU), 12-1
–lost by maj. dec. to Braydon Huber (UMary), 11-0, eliminated
165-Braydon Ortloff (2-2), 4th Place
–lost by maj. dec. to Miles Fitzgerald (Augie), 14-5
–pinned Michael Smith (Mankato), 3:55
–pinned Kelby Hawkins (NSU), 4:50
–lost by dec. to Leo Mushinsky, 4-3
174-Anthony Castro (0-2)
–lost by dec. to Trevor Turriff, 11-4
–lost by maj. dec. to Cayden White (Minot), 11-1, eliminated
184-Gage Roaldson (3-2, 4th Place)
–lost by maj. dec. to Reece Woracheck (UWP), 8-0
–dec. Myron Crawford (Upper Iowa), 7-3
–dec. Gavin Christofferson (Mankato), 12-9
–dec. William Pitzner (SCSU), 7-5, SV
–lost by dec. to Treyton Cacek (NSU), 3-1 (3rd place match)
197-Steven Abbott (0-2)
–lost by maj. dec. to Noah Ryan (SCSU), 13-2
–pinned by Rodsean Graham (UWP), 4:18 (eliminated)
285-Samuel Grove (1-2)
–lost by decision to Darrell Mason (Mankato), 13-6
–dec. Ben Hakes (UWP), 8-3
–lost by tech fall to Gerardo Jaime (UMary), 18-0, eliminated