COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Jonas Anez took runner-up honors at 165 pounds while Gunnar Mogen notched three wins as the Dragons competed at the annual North Country Open on Sunday. The open was hosted by Saint John’s University.
Teams competing at today’s open included Iowa State, North Dakota State, St. Cloud State, UMary, Ridgewater College, Concordia College, Saint John’s, Itasca Community College and a host of unattached competitors.
The Dragon heavyweights put in a solid performance, with Andre Baguma and Airin Spell finishing runner-up and fourth place, respectively. Baguma grabbed a disqualification win in the semifinal before falling to unattached Nathan Schon by decision in the heavyweight final. Spell placed third by defeating Iowa State’s Xavier Bruening in the consolation semifinal. The junior would lose a tough 6-5 decision to St. Cloud State’s Kaleb Haase in the third-place match.
Brett Graham finished in fifth place at 184 pounds, picking up a victory by fall at 2:15 over Itasca’s Kohlter Marisca in the fifth-place match. Hunter Hayes also collected a fifth-place finish at 141 pounds. Hayes defeated Iowa State’s Damon Huston in the first consolation round by major decision. While Hayes lost in the consolation semifinal, he bounced back to take fifth with a stirring overtime win over St. Cloud State’s Kaleb Horn.
Senior Cody Dravis also picked up a pinfall victory in his return to the mat following a foot injury. Dravis bested Concordia College’s Elijah Hunt with a fall a 2:10 in the 165-pound division. The senior finished sixth at the open.
Wrestling unattached, Isaiah Huus placed fifth at 197 pounds. The Dickinson State transfer, who joined the Dragons only weeks ago, pinned Concordia’s Laurore Supris in 14 seconds in the consolation second round. Huus, who has not wrestled competitively since his time at Bismarck High School, would then pin Ridgewater’s Richard Jones at 2:22 to take fifth.
Jonas Anez wrestled in his second open in as many days and would take runner-up honors at 165 pounds. The freshman beat Concordia’s Rhett Hudoba by major decision in the quarterfinal match, following that up with an 8-1 win over UMary’s Leo Mushinsky. In the 165-pound final, Anez fell just short against St Cloud State’s Owen Herbst, dropping a 6-3 decision to take second. Anez placed fifth in yesterday’s Worthington Open, collecting three wins in the process as an unattached competitor.
Gunnar Mogen put in a stellar day for the Dragons winning three matches to take third place at 149 pounds. Mogen began his day by pinning Ridgewater’s Taedon Nichols at 4:09. The Velva, N.D., native would score a decision win in the quarterfinal match over Itasca’s Victor Garcia. Losing in the semifinal bout, Mogen regrouped to place third with a decision win over Ridgewater’s Brady Holien.
Clayson Mele would place third in the 125-pound division.
Jacob Reinardy and Wayne Mellon would wrestle unattached with both freshmen placing fourth at their respective weights. Reinardy would nab a decision win over Ridgewater’s Wilhelm Yasseri at 165 pounds while Mellon scored a pinfall win over Saint Johns’ Dan Miller.
MSUM will host a pair of huge dual inside Nemzek Fieldhouse on Friday and Saturday. The Dragons welcome fifth-ranked St. Cloud State on Friday for a 7 p.m. dual. Minnesota State Mankato will come to Moorhead for a 3 p.m. dual the following day.