Jayson Ness, Manuel Rivera, C.P. Schlatter, Gabriel Dretsch and Scott Glasser earned titles at the Kaufman-Brand Open on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday. Ness, Rivera, Schlatter and Dretsch each won their respective weight classes in the Elite Division (over 20), while Glasser brought home first place in the Amateur Division (20-and-under). Tyler Safratowich, Mike Thorn, Joe Nord and Brent Eidenschink also placed for the Golden Gophers in the largest single-day collegiate meet in the country.
A redshirt freshman from Bloomington, Minn., Ness captured the 125-pound title in convincing fashion with two major decisions included among his four wins. Ness began the day with a15-3 major decision over Nick Ramirez of Wyoming and ended with a 12-2 major over North Dakota State’s Eric Hoffman in the finals.
Rivera, Schlatter and Dretsch all remained perfect on the season with their titles. Rivera had one major decision on the day and defeated Nebraska’s Dominick Moyer, 6-4, in the 141-pound championship match. Schlatter cruised through the first two rounds of the tournament with a tech fall and a major decision and claimed the 157-pound crown with a 3-2 victory over Northern Iowa’s Moza Fay in the finals. Dretsch posted four straight decisions, culminating with a 3-1 win over Nebraska’s Brandon Browne in the sudden victory period in the 174-pound finals.
Glasser brought home his second trophy in as many tournaments to start his Gopher career, using a pin and two major decisions to claim the 165-pound crown in the Amateur Division. He took home the title with a 3-1 decision over UNO’s Ross Taplin in the finals.
With a 6-2 record on the day, Tyler Safratowich claimed fifth placed at 157 pounds in the Elite Division, and three true freshman reached the podium in the Amateur Division for Minnesota. Mike Thorn placed third at 133 pounds in his Golden Gopher debut, defeating Oklahoma State’s Jordan Friskhorn in his final match of the day. Joe Nord won five of six matches on the day to take third place at heavyweight, and Brent Eidenschink took fourth at 197 pounds with a 4-2 record.
The Golden Gophers will open the dual meet season next weekend at the Northeast Duals in Albany, N.Y. Two Minnesota wrestlers, Dustin Schlatter and Roger Kish, will compete in the NWCA All-Star Classic, an exhibition event that attempts to pit the top two wrestlers at each respective weight class in a dual meet format, on Monday night in Dallas. A live webcast of the event will be available on LiveSportsVideo.com, with coverage beginning at 5 p.m.Golden Gopher Placewinners
1st – Jayson Ness (125)
1st – Manuel Rivera (149)
1st – C.P. Schlatter (157)
1st – Gabriel Dretsch (174)
5th – Tyler Safratowich (157)Amateur Division
1st – Scott Glasser (165)
3rd – Mike Thorn (133)
3rd – Joe Nord (Hwt)
4th – Brent Eidenschink (197)