KEARNEY, Neb. – The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team continued its open schedule on Saturday with two different place winners at the highly competitive Nebraska-Kearney Open, which featured 13 ranked teams.
Caden Steffen continued his strong start to the 2022-23 season, going 3-1 on the day to place 2nd at 184. In his second match Steffen matched up with Quayin Short, a division I wrestler for the University of Wyoming, Steffen won the match 3-2 in the first tiebreaker period. In his third match Steffen picked up a 4-1 decision victory over NAIA national finalist Tyson Beauperthuv. In his final match of the day Steffen, the second ranked wrestler at 184, faced off with the top ranked wrestler at 184 Billy Higgins (UNK), Higgins managed to claim first place in the matchup of #1 vs #2, defeating Steffen by a 3-2 decision.