Cha, Wasley Win at Jim Koch Wisconsin Open

MINNEAPOLIS — In addition to its two titles at the Cougar Clash, Minnesota wrestling also brought home a pair of titles Saturday at the Jim Koch Wisconsin Open in Kenosha, Wis.

The Golden Gophers sent a six-man contingent to the event, hosted by UW-Parkside. Redshirt junior Theo Cha won the 149-pound title, while redshirt freshman Devin Wasley captured first place at 174 pounds.

Cha opened his run with three straight wins over UW-Parkside wrestlers, winning first by a 16-1 tech fall and then multiple decisions. In the finals, he faced off with Northern Iowa’s Cael Rahnavardi, and Cha captured his first individual title with a pin at 5:59.

At 174 pounds, Wasley competed for the first time since the season-opening Bison Open. After an opening-round Bye, Wasley scored an 18-1 tech fall over Findlay’s Andrew Knick, then scored a 6-3, sudden victory decision over Parkside’s Brody Hemauer in the semifinals. In the finals, Wasley topped McKendree’s Zeke Waltz by a 12-7 decision to join Cha in earning his first individual title.

Also at the tournament, Gophers freshman Rhett Koenig made his collegiate debut by placing second at 141 pounds with a 2-1 record, while redshirt junior Tim Stapleton placed third at 165 pounds with a 3-1 mark.

At 125 pounds, freshman Brandon Morvari came in fifth place while redshirt freshman Quincy Hulverson did not place.

Jim Koch Wisconsin Open results

Minnesota is back in action on Sunday as it hosts North Dakota State at Maturi Pavilion. Match time is set for 2 p.m. on B1G+.

High schools that submit current rosters by Friday, Dec. 8 to GSM@umn.edu will receive free admission, while the first 200 fans get a free t-shirt. In addition, the Gophers will be hosting their second pre-match youth clinic prior to the dual.

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