20 wrestlers place with 14 finalists as Huskies dominate in Moorhead
MOORHEAD, Minn. – No. 1 St. Cloud State Wrestling earned 11 titles at the Dragon Open in Moorhead on Saturday. 20 total Huskies earned top-six finishes at the open while 14 were finalists – most wrestlers competing unattached at the key early-season open.
In the Red Division, Archer Heelan went 4-0 with a pin at 125 to earn the Huskies’ first title of the day. Phillip Kue added a title by going 3-0 with a tech fall at 141 while 149-pounder Nolan Throne rolled to a 3-0 day with one tech fall to win a title of his own. Blake Legred made it four titles in the division with a 4-0 performance at 157, recording a major and a tech while outscoring his opponents 38-2 – blanking three.
Six Huskies earned titles in the White Division, first scoring co-champs at 149 as Aoci Bernard went 3-0 with a major and Luke Studer piled up three bonus point wins – two pins and a major decision – to go 3-0. Logan Vaughan won both his matches with a major decision and a pin to share the title at 165 with Owen Herbst, who enjoyed a strong 2-0 effort with a pin. Two more co-champs were crowned at 184 as Mac Copeland went 2-0 with a major decision and Bryce FitzPatrick won his semifinal match by major decision. Heavyweight Donnie Hidden closed out the day with three pins and a 4-0 effort for a dominant title-winning performance.
Robby Horsman went 3-1 with a tech fall and two majors to earn a runner-up finish at 133 in the Red Division while Isaac Grams earned second with a 3-1 day, scoring a pin and a major decision. Heavyweight Kaleb Haase took fourth while 197-pounder Jaydon Walls went 4-2 for fourth, pinning three of his opponents. Daniel Valeria added a fourth-place finish at 141 to round out the Huskies’ efforts in the division.
Ethan Birch had a strong showing in the White Division, going 3-1 with a pair of pins to take second at 157. Sebastian Zamorano took fourth at 174 with a 3-2 day – recording one pin – while Augustus Donovan placed fourth at 149 with a 4-2 performance and one tech fall. 157-pounder Cody Minor placed sixth after going 3-3 with a major decision while Kaleb Horn just missed the placements at 149.
St. Cloud State wrestlers were a combined 69-22 at the open, winning 75.8% of their matches – leading all teams in bout wins and placing second in winning percentage. SCSU scored five tech falls and 15 pins to lead the open in both categories.
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