Mustangs open season at the RCTC Yellowjacket Open

Rochester, Minn. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team opened its season on Saturday as the Mustangs traveled to compete at the RCTC Yellowjacket Open in Rochester Minn. hosted by Rochester Community and Technical College.

“Today was a great day for SMSU wrestling,” Said second-year head coach Chayse Jackson. “Especially for some of our younger guys and backups from last year. Each of the guys in the small group that participated today saw success at some level. Winning matches, scoring points, and improving match to match. This growth is the most important thing early in the season. Today was a learning experience and an opportunity to adjust and come back better than ever when the entire team heads to DWU next weekend. The young guys kicked off the year with a bang! I can’t wait for more!”

Joe Anderson lost his first matchup via fall against Larson (UWL) before winning a pair of matches including a tech fall 16-1 over Stevens (ICC) and a major decision 17-5 win over Grems (MNwest). In his final matchup of the open Anderson lost by fall to Sund (UW Eau Claire).

Tallin Johnson started off his open strong with a 10-5 decision victory over Yasseri (RW), Johnson then split his matchups with two Minnesota State wrestlers, losing by decision 7-3 against Hayward before picking up a fall victory over Kostka in 1:17. Tallin ended his day with an 8-4 decision loss to Napolitano (ICC).

Brandon Lalla picked up a victory against NSIC foe Eischens (SCSU) 5-3 before losing his remaining two matches.

Jake Messner took down Zeman (TCC) by fall in 1:52 before losing via injury default in his second matchup.

SMSU Results
141 – Hayden Straumann 0-2
149 – Jake Messner 1-1
149 – Tyler Soltau 1-2
157 – Tallin Johnson 2-2
157 – Joe Anderson 2-2
165 – Brandon Lalla 1-2
174 – Nye Becker 0-2

RCTC Yellowjacket Open results

Southwest Minnesota State continues action Saturday, Nov. 12 in Mitchell S.D. for the Dakota Wesleyan Open starting at 9 a.m.

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