Mustang Wrestling earns a pair of U20 All-Americans and a championship for Buschow at US Open

LINKSLAS VEGAS, Nev. – Members of the Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling team competed in the 2024 US Open this weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., with the Mustang Wrestling Club. The team had a pair of placers in Greco-Roman and a placer in freestyle.

Kody Marschner competed in both the Greco and Freestyle competitions at the US Open. Marschner won a pair of matches in the Greco bracket but did not place. In the freestyle bracket, Marschner was defeated in the first round of the championship bracket before earning a pair of victories in the consolation bracket over Ethan Larson and Melvin Whitehead. In the consolation quarterfinals, Marschner matched up with Max Ramberg (Augustana), who is a reigning All-American; despite losing to Ramberg, Marschner earned three takedowns.

In the Greco bracket, Caden Young showed his ability to compete with the best of the best. Young worked his way through the bracket with victories over Johnathan Foster (10-2) and Alec Robeson (9-0). Young lost in the quarterfinals to Aydin Rix McElhinney, who would go on to place first in the competition. In the consolation bracket, Young would once again find his stride, earning victories over Connor Gregory (8-0), Magnus Kuokkanen (9-0), and Gavin Ricketts (8-0), making his way to the third-place match. Young matched up with Bradley Gillum and lost 3-5 to place fourth.

SMSU assistant coach Dylan Buschow competed in the 130-kilo masters Greco division. After a first-round bye, Buschow earned a VSU victory over Reuben Juarez before back-to-back fall victories over Silvano Siao Villanueva and Cristian Yanes to earn a spot in the first-place match against Eric Schwark. Buschow earned a 12-4 VSU1 victory over Schwark to earn the national championship.

SMSU Results

Masters 130kg – Dylan Buschow 4-0 (First Place)
Masters 70kg – Cole Race 1-2
U20 72kg – Cade Lierman 1-2
U20 77kg – Caden Young 5-2 (Fourth Place)
U20 97kg – Kody Marschner 2-2

U20 65kg – AJ Polansky 0-2
U20 65kg – Ethan Sylvester 2-2
U20 70kg – Cade Lierman 0-2
U20 79kg – Caden Young 0-2
U20 97kg – Kody Marschner 2-3 (Eighth Place)

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