Nov. 7, 2011
Five Minnesota wrestlers competed unattached on Sunday at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open in South Dakota. The Gophers left the Mount Rushmore State on a high note after claiming three individual titles. Seth Lange (141 lbs.), Matt Mincey (149 lbs.), Logan Storley (174 lbs.), Joel Bauman (184 lbs.) and Scott Schiller (197 lbs.)all competed. Mincey, Schiller and Storley each brought home titles, while Bauman took second and Lange finished third.
Mincey finished 5-0 on the afternoon and picked up the title at 149 lbs. He finished the day with three wins by decision, one by fall and his championship victory came by a major decision. Mincey defeated John Svoboda of Northern Lakes by a 6-3 decision in his first match, followed by a pin at the 1:52 mark against South Dakota State’s Brandon Brian. In the semi-final match he earned an 8-7 decision over Edwin Cooper in route to his 13-4 major decision victory over Cody Pack of South Dakota State.
Schiller who picked up a title at 197 scored a technical fall (16-1) over Chris Mart in the opening round. He picked up an 8-1 decision over St. Cloud State’s Luke Munkelwitz before earning an 9-3 decision over Spencer Johnson of Northern Lakes. Schiller pinned Kolton Kersten in the championship match at the 1:35 mark.
Storley was the second Gopher to pick up a title. He picked up two wins by major decision, two by decision and one technical fall. Storley defeated Augustana’s Matt Morris by scoring a technical fall 16-0. He followed that performance by back-to-back major decisions over Nick Lawrence of Iowa Lakes (17-3) and Pat Nord of Jamestown College (12-0). Storley went on to defeat Jahwon Akui of Iowa Central by a 2-0 decision in the semi-finals, before winning a 9-4 decision over St. Cloud State’s Tad Merritt in the championship match.
Bauman had a very solid day on the mat. The redshirt freshman finished second overall with a record of 4-1. He scored a 10-7 decision over North Dakota State’s Curtis Berger in the second round. In his quarterfinal match Bauman recorded a 15-6 major decision against Blaine Conner from Iowa Lakes. He would move onto the semi-finals where he picked up a 5-3 decision over North Dakota State’s Kallen Kleinschmidt. Bauman would fall just short in the championship match (5-6) against South Dakota State’s Dylan Penka.
Lange finished with a record of 5-1 which was good for third place. He picked up a technical fall in the opening round over Paul Norgren of Minnesota State-Mankato 16-0. In his second match he scored an 11-2 major decision over Matt Morris of Iowa Lakes, before falling to Iowa Central’s Frank Cagnina. Lange would rebound in the consolation bracket and defeat Dustin Walraven of South Dakota State by a 5-4 decision, which then led him to the third place title, when he picked up a 5-2 decision over South Dakota State’s Tyler Johnson.
Highlights: Cliff Keen Invitational
As a team and on an individual basis, the Gophers posted strong results against some of the nation’s best during the two-day tournament in Las Vegas
Gophers Take Fourth in Las Vegas
Jake Short and Brett Pfarr won individual titles, helping to power Minnesota to a top-five finish in the Cliff Keen Invitational for the third straight season
Gophers Win Two Titles at UNI Open
Ethan Lizak and Tommy Thorn won the 125- and 141-pound titles, respectively, leading a group of 10 Gopher placewinners in Cedar Falls