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Four Jackrabbits Win at Finn Grinaker Open

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Four Jackrabbits Win at Finn Grinaker Open

Postby Allen Brown » Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:11 pm

Four Jackrabbits win at Finn Grinaker Open

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/22/2015
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Four South Dakota State University freshman wrestlers claimed individual titles in the Maroon Division of the 2015 Finn Grinaker Open hosted by Concordia College on Saturday.

In a round-robin format in the 133-pound weight class, Henry Pohlmeyer pinned his way to the title. A native of Johnston, Iowa, Pohlmeyer opened the tournament by winning a 10-4 decision over teammate Tyler Pieper. Pohlmeyer then reeled off four consecutive falls to claim the Maroon Division title, including pinning Lukas Maughan of Minnesota and Northern Iowa’s Darrin Eades in his final two matches.

Pieper tallied a 2-3 record, including a win by pin over Maughan, to take fourth.

Lucas Eastman also won the 157-pound weight class in a round-robin format. The native of Rochester, Washington, posted pins in the first two rounds, defeating Tanner Schreifels of Northland Community College (Minn.) in 2 minutes and 2 seconds, followed by a pin of Minnesota’s Jonathan Hoffner in 2:51. Eastman later added two wins by major decision and one by medical forfeit to seal the title..

Two other Jackrabbits won their respective weight classes in a traditional bracketed format. Brett Bye wrestled his way to victory in the 165-pound weight class and Zac Carlson earned his third consecutive tournament title at 174 pounds.

A Vermillion native, Bye opened the tournament with a 16-1 technical fall over Alex Giese of Northland and advanced to the championship with an 8-2 decision against Isaiah Patton of Northern Iowa. In the title bout, Bye recorded a 4-2 victory in the second sudden-victory overtime period against teammate Kasey Klapprodt.

Klapprodt earned a spot in the finals after defeating Concordia’s Nick Gravdahl by major decision, 13-5, in the first round and then earning decisions over Coleby Bratrud of Buena Vista (Iowa) and Adam Blees of Minnesota State, Moorhead.

Carlson tallied four consecutive victories to win the 174-pound title. The Kerkhoven, Minnesota, product earned a 7-6 victory over St. Cloud State’s Brady Nelson in the opening round, followed by a pair of shutouts over Mitchell Zachman of Northland (13-0) and Logan Rhode of Minnesota State, Moohread (4-0). In the championship match, Carlson came up with a 6-5 decision over Monty Holm of St. Cloud State.

Caleb Ward added a runner-up finish in the 197-pound weight class, compiling a 3-1 record in round-robin action. Ward recorded a pin over Phillip Jackson of Northland in the first round, followed by a technical fall and major decision. Ward dropped a 3-1 decision to Hunter Santamour of Concordia in the match that determined the weight class champion.

Sophomore Colin Holler saw his first action of the season in the Gold Division and came away with a fourth-place finish in the 157-pound weight class. Holler posted a pair of one-point victories in his first two matches, defeating Garrett Hoffner of Minnesota State, Moorhead, 7-6, and Northern Iowa’s Zach Witte, 2-1. After dropping a 6-1 decision to Andrew Fogarty of North Dakota State in the semifinals, Holler again defeated Hoffner in the wrestlebacks before withdrawing due to injury.

South Dakota State returns to dual action on Friday, hosting fourth-ranked Oklahoma State. Action begins at 5 p.m. at Frost Arena.
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