Yellowjackets Crown Two Champions in Competitive Luther Open

This past Saturday Rochester Community and Technical College competed at the Luther Open in Decorah, IA. This tournament brought in nearly 300 wrestlers from 20 teams representing NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA schools.

Leading the Yellowjackets and winning championships were Shane Siewert (Lake City, MN) 174 Elite and Morgen Moreno (Hayfield, MN) 197 Silver.

Siewert put together a string of five straights wins to top the 174 Elite bracket. In the semis, Shane defeated Jordan Gundrum of Upper Iowa University who was a two-time All-American and national runner-up while competing at Ellsworth before transferring to UI. “Shane is very workmen in his wrestling style. He has solid defense and is unbelievably strong,” noted coach Travis Rutt. Continue reading

Arizona State 30, South Dakota State 9

SDSU drops dual to Sun Devils

SIOUX FALLS – South Dakota State’s Seth Gross began his national title defense with a first-period pin, but No. 11 Arizona State countered with three bonus-point victories of its own to defeat the 19th-ranked Jackrabbits, 30-9, in the season-opening dual for both squads before a crowd of 1,853 at the Sanford Pentagon.

The loss snapped the Jackrabbits’ school-record 14-match dual winning streak that began after a loss at Arizona State last November. It also marked the first dual for SDSU under head coach Damion Hahn.

A senior from Apple Valley, Minnesota, Gross gave the Jackrabbits their only lead of the dual at 6-5 when he pinned Josiah Kline in 2 minutes and 22 seconds. It was the 90th victory of Gross’ career with the Jackrabbits. Continue reading

O’Brien, Nielsen Take First with 13 Mavericks Placing at Luther Open

Decorah, Iowa. — Minnesota State finished the Luther Open Saturday with two wrestlers claiming the top spot in their brackets, and 13 total Mavericks finishing in top-six positions at the tournament.

Andrew McFall (Jr., 125 lbs.) wrestled in the Elite 125 bracket where he went 3-1 to finish in third place at the tournament. McFall beat Arie Reyes by a 15-3 major decision in his first match, and then went on to win his second match on a 4-2 decision. McFall was pitted against Ethan Rotondo from the University of Wisconsin in the semifinal round where he narrowly lost by a 5-3 sudden victory. The day ended on a strong note when he defeated Connor Cleveland (Wartburg) in the third-place match on a 5-0 decision. Continue reading

St. Cloud State wrestling opens season with strong showing in South Dakota

The #1 ranked St. Cloud State University wrestling team opened its 2018-19 season with a strong showing at the 2018 Dakota Wesleyan Open in Mitchell, S.D. on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Huskies captured the top spots at eight of the 10 weight brackets on the day.

At 125-pounds, Brandon Briggs and #2 Brett Velasquez both advanced to the championship match with 3-0 records for the Huskies at the Open. At 133-pounds, SCSU’s Joey Bianchini and Garrett Vos both advanced to the title match for the Huskies. Vos ended the day with a 3-0 record and Bianchini was 4-0 to start the season for the Huskies.

Success continued for the Huskies at 141-pounds, as Cameron Riggs placed third in the weight division followed by a first-place finish at 149-pounds by #1 ranked James Pleski. At 157-pounds, Jake Barzowski and Boone Giulio both shared top honors in the division for the Huskies. #10 ranked Devin FitzPatrick won the top spot at 165-pounds with an 8-3 win over Buena Vista’s Shane Vaughan. Continue reading