Two Win, Five Place for Vikings at DWU Open

MITCHELL, S.D..- Augustana wrestling competed at the DWU Open on Saturday. Five Vikings placed on the day, including a pair of first-place finishes.

Connor Simmonds went 5-0 on the day to help him take home the crown at 157 pounds. After a pair of NAIA wins, Simmonds took victories over wrestlers from Northern State and Minot State before a pin in 41 seconds against Lane Ewing of UMary in the 1st place match.

At 174 pounds, Coy Gunderson went 5-0 on his way to a statement run. In his five wins, he recorded three pins and a tech fall on his way to a first-place finish.

Going 3-1 and finishing second at 133 pounds was Jack Huffman. He earned two NSIC wins via tech fall and a pin in the run before falling just short in the first place match.

Edward Hajas and Max Balow each found success at 285 pounds on the day, finishing second and third, respectively. Hajas went 3-1 on the day, winning by pin twice and decision once, but lost by just one point in the first place match. Balow opened the day 3-0 before dropping a 4-2 decision in the semifinals. He ended up winning his final two matches by major decision and no contest to finish third.

Christian Olsen placed fifth at 125 pounds, earning two NSIC wins while going 3-2 overall. Kyle Boeke won by pin twice and by tech fall twice on his way to a fourth place finish, and Jonah Grunnes placed sixth after earning four victories that included a pair of pins.

Dakota Wesleyan Open Results

OPEN 125
Christian Olsen, 5th
Champ. Round 1 – Christian Olsen (Augustana (SD)) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Christian Olsen (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Dylan McDonald (Minot State (N.D.)) (Fall 0:58)
Quarterfinal – Christian Olsen (Augustana (SD)) won by decision over Hunter Heim (Minnesota State Moorhead) (Dec 2-0)
Semifinal – Dante Rigal (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) won by fall over Christian Olsen (Augustana (SD)) (Fall 6:25)
Cons. Semi – Logen Fischer (Minot State (N.D.)) won by medical forfeit over Christian Olsen (Augustana (SD)) (MFF)
5th Place Match – Christian Olsen (Augustana (SD)) won by no contest over Kipp Cordes (Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)) (NC)

OPEN 133
Thurman Christensen
Champ. Round 1 – Thurman Christensen (Augustana (SD)) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Clay Gates (Northern State) won by fall over Thurman Christensen (Augustana (SD)) (Fall 4:12)
Cons. Round 2 – Thurman Christensen (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Kaiden Lowman (Minnesota West Comm & Tech) (Fall 0:48)
Cons. Round 3 – Juan Lugo (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) won by decision over Thurman Christensen (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 4-1)

OPEN 133
Jack Huffman, 2nd
Champ. Round 1 – Jack Huffman (Augustana (SD)) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Jack Huffman (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Temuujin Natsagdorj (Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)) (Fall 3:00)
Quarterfinal – Jack Huffman (Augustana (SD)) won by tech fall over Adam Polansky (Southwest Minnesota State) (TF 19-1)
Semifinal – Jack Huffman (Augustana (SD)) won by tech fall over Andrew Ramirez Jr. (Minot State (N.D.)) (TF 19-3)
1st Place Match – Wayne Joint (Minot State (N.D.)) won by decision over Jack Huffman (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 2-1)

OPEN 141
Kade Sammons
Champ. Round 1 – Kade Sammons (Augustana (SD)) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Ethan Krey (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) won by tech fall over Kade Sammons (Augustana (SD)) (TF 20-4)
Cons. Round 2 – Kade Sammons (Augustana (SD)) won by tech fall over Ethan Meyer (Minnesota West Comm & Tech) (TF 17-2)
Cons. Round 3 – Kade Sammons (Augustana (SD)) won by tech fall over Julian Marrufo (York (Neb.)) (TF 17-2)
Cons. Round 4 – Kade Sammons (Augustana (SD)) won by major decision over Corbin White (Fort Hays State) (Maj 15-6)
Cons. Round 5 – Drew Bell (Fort Hays State) won by decision over Kade Sammons (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 7-5)

OPEN 149
Kyle Boeke, 4th
Champ. Round 1 – Kyle Boeke (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Zach Kolbe (Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)) (Fall 1:50)
Champ. Round 2 – Kyle Boeke (Augustana (SD)) won by tech fall over Camden Padgett (Fort Hays State) (TF 19-1)
Quarterfinal – Torry Early (Chadron State) won by decision over Kyle Boeke (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 10-8)
Cons. Round 4 – Kyle Boeke (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Talan Ball (University of Texas) (Fall 1:13)
Cons. Round 5 – Kyle Boeke (Augustana (SD)) won by tech fall over Gunnar Mogen (Minnesota State Moorhead) (TF 23-7)
Cons. Semi – Kyle Boeke (Augustana (SD)) won by decision over Davin Rose (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 6-5)
3rd Place Match – Kage Lenger (Augustana (SD)) won by no contest over Kyle Boeke (Augustana (SD)) (NC)

OPEN 149
Cael Larson
Champ. Round 1 – Cael Larson (Augustana (SD)) won by tech fall over Tyler Fouts (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (TF 20-5)
Champ. Round 2 – Carter Ban (Northern State) won by decision over Cael Larson (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 5-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Cael Larson (Augustana (SD)) won by decision over Aric Williams (Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)) (Dec 8-3)
Cons. Round 3 – Cael Larson (Augustana (SD)) won by tech fall over Brady Holien (Ridgewater College) (TF 18-2)
Cons. Round 4 – Kage Lenger (Augustana (SD)) won by medical forfeit over Cael Larson (Augustana (SD)) (MFF)

OPEN 157
Payton Anderson
Champ. Round 2 – Noah Styskal (Morningside (Iowa)) won in tie breaker – 1 over Payton Anderson (Augustana (SD)) (TB-1 4-3)
Cons. Round 2 – Payton Anderson (Augustana (SD)) won by tech fall over Caleb Durr (Augustana (SD)) (TF 15-0)
Cons. Round 3 – Cody Wienen (Minnesota State Moorhead) won by decision over Payton Anderson (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 12-8)

OPEN 157
Connor Simmonds, 1st
Champ. Round 1 – Connor Simmonds (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Michael Foster (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (Fall 0:48)
Champ. Round 2 – Connor Simmonds (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Elijah Isakson (Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)) (Fall 0:59)
Quarterfinal – Connor Simmonds (Augustana (SD)) won by tech fall over Cael Larson (Northern State) (TF 16-0)
Semifinal – Connor Simmonds (Augustana (SD)) won by decision over Kelby Armstrong (Minot State (N.D.)) (Dec 4-1)
1st Place Match – Connor Simmonds (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Lane Ewing (Mary) (Fall 0:41)

OPEN 174
Coy Gunderson, 1st
Champ. Round 1 – Coy Gunderson (Augustana (SD)) won by decision over Alex Vandyke (Morningside (Iowa)) (Dec 13-11)
Champ. Round 2 – Coy Gunderson (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Emmanuel McGill (York (Neb.)) (Fall 1:44)
Quarterfinal – Coy Gunderson (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Kale Farrington (Minot State (N.D.)) (Fall 1:43)
Semifinal – Coy Gunderson (Augustana (SD)) won by tech fall over Lane Miller (Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)) (TF 17-0)
1st Place Match – Coy Gunderson (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Mason Fey (Northern State) (Fall 0:00)

OPEN 174
Jonah Gruenes, 6th
Champ. Round 1 – Jonah Gruenes (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Wayne Mellon (Minnesota State Moorhead) (Fall 4:10)
Champ. Round 2 – Jonah Gruenes (Augustana (SD)) won by decision over Jackson Chapin (Morningside (Iowa)) (Dec 4-2)
Quarterfinal – Mason Fey (Northern State) won by decision over Jonah Gruenes (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 6-5)
Cons. Round 4 – Jonah Gruenes (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Juan Urbina (Fort Hays State) (Fall 5:59)
Cons. Round 5 – Jonah Gruenes (Augustana (SD)) won by decision over Wayne Mellon (Minnesota State Moorhead) (Dec 8-2)
Cons. Semi – Lane Miller (Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)) won by decision over Jonah Gruenes (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 8-2)
5th Place Match – Ethan Gregg (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) won by no contest over Jonah Gruenes (Augustana (SD)) (NC)

OPEN 174
Gavin Gulbranson
Champ. Round 1 – Anthony Sykora (Minnesota State Moorhead) won by decision over Gavin Gulbranson (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 19-12)
Cons. Round 1 – Gavin Gulbranson (Augustana (SD)) received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 – Gavin Gulbranson (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Kyan George (Minot State (N.D.)) (Fall 1:26)
Cons. Round 3 – Gavin Gulbranson (Augustana (SD)) won by tech fall over Ross Meskimen (Ridgewater College) (TF 19-4)
Cons. Round 4 – Gavin Gulbranson (Augustana (SD)) won by decision over Kale Farrington (Minot State (N.D.)) (Dec 10-6)
Cons. Round 5 – Jackson Chapin (Morningside (Iowa)) won by tech fall over Gavin Gulbranson (Augustana (SD)) (TF 16-0)

OPEN 197
Zach Peterson
Champ. Round 1 – Zach Peterson (Augustana (SD)) won by major decision over Marco Reyes (Mary) (Maj 12-1)
Quarterfinal – Caden Steffen (Southwest Minnesota State) won by decision over Zach Peterson (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 7-4)
Cons. Round 2 – Cannon Potts (Minot State (N.D.)) won by decision over Zach Peterson (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 7-6)

OPEN 285
Max Balow, 3rd
Champ. Round 1 – Max Balow (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Blake Fredericks (UNATTACHED) (Fall 1:45)
Champ. Round 2 – Max Balow (Augustana (SD)) won by decision over Cole Hennings (Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)) (Dec 13-7)
Quarterfinal – Max Balow (Augustana (SD)) won by decision over Aidyn Mitchell (Mary) (Dec 2-0)
Semifinal – Anthony Caldwell (Fort Hays State) won by decision over Max Balow (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Semi – Max Balow (Augustana (SD)) won by major decision over Jack Allen (Nebraska-Kearney) (Maj 9-0)
3rd Place Match – Max Balow (Augustana (SD)) won by no contest over Tucker Hugg (Ridgewater College) (NC)

OPEN 285
Edward Hajas, 2nd
Champ. Round 1 – Edward Hajas (Augustana (SD)) received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Edward Hajas (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Quade Peterson (Minnesota State Moorhead) (Fall 1:25)
Quarterfinal – Edward Hajas (Augustana (SD)) won by decision over Hunter DeJong (Morningside (Iowa)) (Dec 5-0)
Semifinal – Edward Hajas (Augustana (SD)) won by fall over Alton Allen (Briar Cliff (Iowa)) (Fall 6:18)
1st Place Match – Anthony Caldwell (Fort Hays State) won by decision over Edward Hajas (Augustana (SD)) (Dec 8-7)

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