Lyden Wins Title at Mat-Town Open II

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota redshirt freshman Hunter Lyden picked up his second tournament win of the season, claiming the 165-pound title at the Mat-Town Open II Sunday in Lock Haven, Pa.

Lyden was one of four Gophers in action as redshirt sophomore Jager Eisch finished as runner-up and sixth-year senior Jake Gliva took fourth place, respectively, at 133 pounds. In addition, true freshman Brandon Morvari earned a fifth-place finish at 125 pounds.

Already a winner at the Daktronics Open in November, Lyden opened Sunday with a 5-0 decision over Penn’s Adam Thomson, then posted his second tech fall of the season in a 17-2 victory over West Virginia’s Sasha Gavronsky. In the semifinals, Lyden fell behind 8-3 going into the third period versus Dakota Morris of Army, but Lyden rallied to force overtime and then came away with a 12-9 SV1 decision. The win earned him a spot in the finals, where he prevailed 4-2 over Cooper Haase of U.S. Military Academy Prep School.

Eisch began his run with a pin of Hayden Cunningham (unrostered) before a 9-3 decision over Drexel’s Kyle Waterman. Eisch then squared off with Gliva, besting his Gopher teammate in a 5-1 decision. In the finals, Eisch was defeated by Penn’s Ryan Miller, 5-0.

Gliva’s day started with an 11-3 major decision over Aidan O’Shea (Franklin & Marshall), and he followed with an 8-2 decision against Charlie Bunting of George Mason. The loss to Eisch dropped Gliva to the third-place match, where he lost 10-3 to Conor Collins of Army.

An 8-1 decision over Rutgers’ Brandon Chletsos was the first of four wins on the day for Morvari. A loss to eventual winner Jax Forrest dropped Morvari to the consolation bracket, but he bounced back with a 5-4 decision over Drexel’s Gabe Giampietro and a 2-1 TB2 decision over Lock Haven’s Logan Sallot to reach the fifth-place match. There, Morvari faced a rematch with Chletsos and prevailed once again, 7-1.

Mat Town College Open results

Minnesota is back in action next weekend with a pair of home duals. Friday night at 7 p.m. the Gophers host Maryland, while the team welcomes Northwestern to Maturi Pavilion Sunday at 1 p.m.

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