Carlson, Sloan victorious at Bison Open

FARGO, N.D. – Freshmen Clay Carlson and Tanner Sloan each won individual titles to pace the South Dakota State University wrestling team during action Saturday at the Bison Open.

Carlson claimed the 141-pound title, while Sloan reached the championship round for the second tournament in a row, this time winning the 197-pound division.

A native of Willmar, Minnesota, Carlson pulled out a 3-2 victory via tiebreaker against Arizona State’s Cory Crooks in the championship match. After receiving a first-round bye, Carlson advanced to the title round after posting decisions over host North Dakota State’s Samuel Stuhl and Sawyer Degen by respective scores of 9-5 and 4-2. Continue reading

Gophers Conclude Bison Open

After defeating Air Force Friday evening in Colorado, the University of Minnesota sent 13 wrestlers to Fargo, N.D. to compete in the Bison Open where the Maroon and Gold placed eight in top-3 positions.

Minnesota came away from the tournament with a heavyweight championship and four second-place finishers. Gable Steveson won his second consecutive open tournament of the season by going 3-0 in North Dakota. The Apple Valley native opened the day with a 20-5 technical fall and followed that up with an 11-6 decision over NDSU wrestler Daniel Stibral. Steveson took his final match against Tanner Hall of Arizona State into sudden victory where Steveson came away with the championship after securing the deciding points in the match, winning 3-1. Continue reading

Ten Vikings Place at Dakota Wesleyan Open

MITCHELL, S.D. – The Augustana wrestling team traveled to Mitchell, S.D. on Saturday for the Dakota Wesleyan Open and in their second competition of the season, 10 of the 22 Viking student-athletes placed.

The Vikings had one champion in Daniel Bishop (184lbs), two second-place finishers (Hunter Burnett 141lbs (unattached) and Steven Hajas 285lbs (unattached)), three fourth place finishers (Colin Ayers 157lbs, Kolby Kost 174lbs (unattached), and Bailey Neises 165lbs), two fifth-place finishers (Brandon Carroll 133lbs (unattached) , and Luke Nohns 285lbs), and two sixth-place finishers (Brayden Curry 133lbs (unattached) and Noah North 149lbs).

“I think our guys competed very hard for the most part,” Assistant Coach Chism Fink said. “There are plenty of areas and opportunities for improvement, but I liked the effort I saw from most of them today. We are on the right track right now.” Continue reading

Four Dragons Place in Top 4 at Bison Open

FARGO, N.D. – Four members of the Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling team placed at the Bison Open on Saturday afternoon at North Dakota State.

Sophomore Cole Jones led the way with a third-place finish at 125 pounds, while senior Adam Blees finished fourth at 174 pounds. Evan Foster finished fourth at 184 pounds while Sam Erckenbrack also brought home a fourth-place finish. No team scores were kept.

“It’s always food to get the first competition in and see what we need to work on as a team and what we did well,” head coach Kris Nelson said. “The guys have been practicing in the room since Oct.10, so they were ready to wrestle other individuals besides their teammates.” Continue reading

Shearer, Otomo Second at 48th annual Bison Open, Five NDSU Wrestlers Place in Top Three

FARGO, N.D. – No. 11-ranked Arizona State took 7 of 10 weight classes, while North Dakota State placed five in the top three including a pair of runner-up finishes for 174 Jesse Shearer and 184 Michael Otomo at the 48th annual Bison Open held Saturday, Nov. 10, before 584 spectators in the Scheels Center. Continue reading