Meunier and Cook Take Second Place at Luther Open

Minnesota State Boasts Seven Placers in Decorah, Iowa

Mankato, Minn. – Sophomore Caleb Meunier and freshman Grant Cook led the Elite and Silver Brackets at the Luther Open today in Decorah, Iowa with second place finishes.

Meunier breezed through his first two matches with a tech fall and fall at two minutes to start the day. With two more wins and then a loss in the final match, Meunier finished the day 4-1 and second on the podium.

Following in Meunier’s footsteps, Cook began the day with a major decision and a fall within the first period. After another win, Cook found himself in the championship match, and finally finished second at the end of the day.

Brian Thilges, Evan Farley, Lucas Ryan, and Trayton Anderson all placed third in Saturday’s tournament. Thilges had two major decision wins and a fall within the first period to finish the day 4-1. Farley had an impressive day with three falls and two tech falls to hold a 5-1 record for the day. Ryan had a bye to start, followed by two wins, and closed out the day 4-1. Similar to Farley, Anderson had two tech fall wins and a fall at 2:52 to get to the semifinal match. After a loss, Anderson had a fall at 0:58 to place third.

Kole Marko was Minnesota State’s final placer, finishing fifth with a record of 5-1.

In a statement from Assistant Coach Bryce Andrews, “The Luther Open was an awesome early season test for our team to gauge where we’re at this point of the season. Our team had the opportunity to face competition from some of the top teams in D2, D3, Junior College and the Iowa Hawkeyes. There’s a lot of work to be done before we get to our dual meet portion of the season, but we are making a lot of progress and we’re on track.” Assistant Coach Bryce Andrews

Luther College Open Results

Luther Open Results for Minnesota State – Elite Bracket

Trayton Anderson (141) – 3rd Place
Champ. Round 1 – Trayton Anderson (Minnesota State Mankato) won by tech fall over Roberto Delgado (Buena Vista) (TF 17-1)
Champ. Round 2 – Trayton Anderson (Minnesota State Mankato) won by tech fall over Brooks Meyer (Wartburg) (TF 18-2)
Quarterfinal – Trayton Anderson (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Dylan Grigsby (Coe) (Fall 2:52)
Semifinal – Justin Fortugno (Wisconsin-Whitewater) won by decision over Trayton Anderson (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 8-4)
3rd Place Match – Trayton Anderson (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Tristan Day (Luther) (Fall 0:58)

Isaiah Mlsna (149)
Champ. Round 1 – Isaiah Mlsna (Minnesota State Mankato) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Cole Becker (Augsburg) won by decision over Isaiah Mlsna (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 7-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Isaiah Mlsna (Minnesota State Mankato) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Isaiah Mlsna (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Ethen Doty (Upper Iowa) (Dec 6-3)
Cons. Round 4 – Isaiah Mlsna (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Diego Garcia (Luther) (Dec 6-1)
Cons. Round 5 – Eric Kinkaid (Loras) won by decision over Isaiah Mlsna (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 13-6)

Kain Sanders (149)
Champ. Round 1 – Kain Sanders (Minnesota State Mankato) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Kain Sanders (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Joe Ebaugh (Upper Iowa) (Dec 8-2)
Champ. Round 3 – Joel Jesuroga (Iowa) won by tech fall over Kain Sanders (Minnesota State Mankato) (TF 19-4)
Cons. Round 4 – Kain Sanders (Minnesota State Mankato) won by medical forfeit over Jay Strausbaugh (Fontbonne) (MFF)
Cons. Round 5 – Kael Scranton (Coe) won by major decision over Kain Sanders (Minnesota State Mankato) (Maj 14-0)

Michael Smith (157)
Champ. Round 1 – Michael Smith (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Gerjuan Taplin (Luther) (Fall 2:21)
Champ. Round 2 – Michael Smith (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Kadin Rednour (Augustana (IL)) (Fall 1:41)
Champ. Round 3 – Michael Smith (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Chase Fiser (Loras) (Dec 7-2)
Quarterfinal – Blake Jagodzinske (Augsburg) won by fall over Michael Smith (Minnesota State Mankato) (Fall 3:37)
Cons. Round 6 – Michael Smith (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Case Harmston (Wartburg) (Fall 1:32)
Cons. Round 7 – Anthony Ulaszek (Wartburg) won by fall over Michael Smith (Minnesota State Mankato) (Fall 0:32)
7th Place Match – Kaden Reetz (Augsburg) won by no contest over Michael Smith (Minnesota State Mankato) (NC)

Caleb Meunier (157) – 2nd Place
Champ. Round 1 – Caleb Meunier (Minnesota State Mankato) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Caleb Meunier (Minnesota State Mankato) won by tech fall over Carter Kruckeberg (Wisconsin-Platteville) (TF 21-3)
Champ. Round 3 – Caleb Meunier (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Easton Norris (Quincy) (Fall 2:00)
Quarterfinal – Caleb Meunier (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Kaden Reetz (Augsburg) (Dec 10-8)
Semifinal – Caleb Meunier (Minnesota State Mankato) won by medical forfeit over Ryan Smith (Stevens Tech) (MFF)
1st Place Match – Jared Franek (Iowa) won by major decision over Caleb Meunier (Minnesota State Mankato) (Maj 21-7)

Kole Marko (165) – 5th Place
Champ. Round 1 – Kole Marko (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Jacob Hinkle (Loras) (Fall 0:42)
Champ. Round 2 – Kole Marko (Minnesota State Mankato) won by major decision over Christopher Stathopoulos (Stevens Tech) (Maj 12-4)
Quarterfinal – Drake Rhodes (Iowa) won by major decision over Kole Marko (Minnesota State Mankato) (Maj 14-2)
Cons. Round 4 – Kole Marko (Minnesota State Mankato) won by major decision over Carter Proffitt (Wartburg) (Maj 13-3)
Cons. Semi – Kole Marko (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Dustin Bohren (Loras) (Dec 6-0)
5th Place Match – Kole Marko (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Carson Martinson (Iowa) (Dec 7-2)

Shane Gibson (184)
Champ. Round 1 – Shane Gibson (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Sam Schwabe (Wisconsin-La Crosse) (Dec 6-3)
Champ. Round 2 – Shane Gibson (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over John Colburne (Wartburg) (Dec 4-2)
Quarterfinal – Brennan Swafford (Iowa) won by fall over Shane Gibson (Minnesota State Mankato) (Fall 2:21)
Cons. Round 4 – Brandt Bombard (Augsburg) won by decision over Shane Gibson (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 4-1)

Joshua Piechowski (197)
Champ. Round 1 – Joshua Piechowski (Minnesota State Mankato) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Greyson Gardner (Wartburg) won by decision over Joshua Piechowski (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 9-4)
Cons. Round 2 – Joshua Piechowski (Minnesota State Mankato) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – Garrett Kilgas (Luther) won by major decision over Joshua Piechowski (Minnesota State Mankato) (Maj 13-2)

Abdulla Shigidy (285)
Champ. Round 1 – Abdulla Shigidy (Minnesota State Mankato) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Jordan Baumler (Upper Iowa) won by fall over Abdulla Shigidy (Minnesota State Mankato) (Fall 1:48)
Cons. Round 2 – Troy Monahan (Wartburg) won by decision over Abdulla Shigidy (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 8-7)

Tanner Gaffey (285)
Champ. Round 1 – Tanner Gaffey (Minnesota State Mankato) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Tanner Gaffey (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Robert Beese (Augsburg) (Dec 5-1)
Quarterfinal – Bradley Hill (Iowa) won by tech fall over Tanner Gaffey (Minnesota State Mankato) (TF 22-5)
Cons. Round 4 – Tanner Gaffey (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Jagger Schack (Augsburg) (Dec 4-1)
Cons. Semi – Easton Fleshman (Iowa) won by decision over Tanner Gaffey (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 4-1)
7th Place Match – Tanner Gaffey (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Maximo Ruiz (Stevens Tech) (Fall 2:00)

Luther Open Results for Minnesota State – Silver Bracket

Irie Jackson (125)
Champ. Round 1 – Irie Jackson (Minnesota State Mankato) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Irie Jackson (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Keiichi Kong (Rochester Community & Tech. College) (Dec 10-9)
Quarterfinal – Gavin Jensen (Coe) won by decision over Irie Jackson (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 11-4)
Cons. Round 4 – Christopher McClanahan (Nebraska Wesleyan) won by fall over Irie Jackson (Minnesota State Mankato) (Fall 2:48)

Lucas Ryan (133) – 3rd Place
Champ. Round 1 – Lucas Ryan (Minnesota State Mankato) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Lucas Ryan (Minnesota State Mankato) won by major decision over Chris Karbash (Wisconsin-Platteville) (Maj 9-0)
Quarterfinal – Lucas Ryan (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Karter Guzman (Coe) (Fall 4:30)
Semifinal – Ian Radintz (Augsburg) won by fall over Lucas Ryan (Minnesota State Mankato) (Fall 4:53)
3rd Place Match – Lucas Ryan (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Matt Haldiman (Wisconsin-La Crosse) (Dec 13-9)

Evan Farley (165) -3rd Place
Champ. Round 1 – Evan Farley (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Mason Hoopman (Wisconsin-Whitewater) (Fall 2:38)
Quarterfinal – Derek Johnson (St. Cloud State) won by decision over Evan Farley (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 7-4)
Cons. Round 2 – Evan Farley (Minnesota State Mankato) won by tech fall over Stone Schmitz (Wartburg) (TF 19-3)
Cons. Round 3 – Evan Farley (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Peyton Schnurpel (Quincy) (Fall 2:44)
Cons. Semi – Evan Farley (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Juan Pablo Garcia (Luther) (Fall 2:48)
3rd Place Match – Evan Farley (Minnesota State Mankato) won by tech fall over Sebastian Zamorano (St. Cloud State) (TF 17-1)

Grant Cook (184) – 2nd Place
Champ. Round 1 – Grant Cook (Minnesota State Mankato) won by major decision over Braiden Young (Augustana (IL)) (Maj 16-7)
Quarterfinal – Grant Cook (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Anthony King (Quincy) (Fall 0:52)
Semifinal – Grant Cook (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Alex Watson (Loras) (Dec 7-2)
1st Place Match – Griffin Luke (Upper Iowa) won by decision over Grant Cook (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 8-4)

Brian Thilges (184) – 3rd Place
Champ. Round 1 – Brian Thilges (Minnesota State Mankato) received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal – Griffin Luke (Upper Iowa) won by fall over Brian Thilges (Minnesota State Mankato) (Fall 0:00)
Cons. Round 2 – Brian Thilges (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Braiden Young (Augustana (IL)) (Dec 7-1)
Cons. Round 3 – Brian Thilges (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Dalton Schell (Quincy) (Fall 0:50)
Cons. Semi – Brian Thilges (Minnesota State Mankato) won by major decision over Alex Watson (Loras) (Maj 10-1)
3rd Place Match – Brian Thilges (Minnesota State Mankato) won by major decision over Sam Zindel (Loras) (Maj 12-3)

Makota Misgen (285)
Champ. Round 1 – Makota Misgen (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Emiliano Lopez (Wartburg) (Fall 5:46)
Quarterfinal – Donnie Hidden (St. Cloud State) won by fall over Makota Misgen (Minnesota State Mankato) (Fall 1:43)
Cons. Round 2 – Makota Misgen (Minnesota State Mankato) won by fall over Dishon Nolen (Eureka) (Fall 5:21)
Cons. Round 3 – Wyatt Smith (Coe) won by fall over Makota Misgen (Minnesota State Mankato) (Fall 1:06)
7th Place Match – Makota Misgen (Minnesota State Mankato) won by decision over Emiliano Lopez (Wartburg) (Dec 2-1)

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