Dec. 3, 2012
The Gophers represented will at the MSU-Moorhead 8th Annual Dragon Wrestling Open this past weekend. Three members of the Minnesota squad were crowned champions, including freshman Brett Pfarr who earned his second 184-pound title in as many weeks. Dylan Reel and Steven Keogh also captured championships at 165 lbs. and 157 lbs., respectively.
Pfarr opened with a 17-0 rechnical fall over Minot State's Adam Lizaola and followed with a 7-6 decision over Concordia-Moorhead's Christian Harrison. With a 19-5 major decision over Tyler Hasenbank (Newman), he earned his spot in the finals where he edged Augustana's Sean Derry with a 9-8 decision win.
Reel dominated the 165-pound weight class, notching three pins en route to the crown. In the first round, he pinned Newman's Clark Driz in 26 seconds. The quarterfinals saw his only full-length match. After three periods, Reel walked away with a 12-5 decision. He closed out the tournament with consecutive pins, tallying a 0:39 fall in the semis and a 1:23 fall against Matthew Gray (NDSU) in the finals.
Keogh edged his way into the finals. He picked up three decisions, 6-5 over Beau Voegelli (Northern State University), 5-3 over Jon Wilson (Minot State), and 4-3 over Jacob Long (Concordia-Moorhead). In the title match, Keogh overcame St. Cloud State's Jake Horn in the tiebreaker to win 2-1.
MSU-Moorhead Dragon Wrestling Open
141 - Brandon Bigelbach, 1-2 (unattached)
149 - Jarod Donar, 1-2 (unattached)
149 - Tom Giaimo, 2-1, 2nd (unattached)
149 - Conrad Rangell, 3-1, 3rd (unattached)
149 - Josh Shupe, 0-2 (unattached)
157 - Steven Keogh, 4-0, 1st (unattached)
165 - Dylan Reel, 4-0, 1st (unattached)
184 - Alex Daugherty, 0-2 (unattached)
184 - Brett Pfarr, 4-0, 1st (unattached)
184 - Jonathon Volp, 1-2 (unattached)
285 - Michael Kroells, 2-1, 3rd (unattached)
Gophers Compete in Junior World Team Trials
Four Minnesota wrestlers were among those seeking a spot on Team USA in the weekend qualifying tournament hosted in Irving, Texas
McKee Wins Thriller at Beat the Streets
Overcoming deficits of 2-0 and 4-2, Gopher commit Mitch McKee earned a thrilling victory over the Asian junior champion at Beat the Streets in Times Square
Minnesota graduates four wrestlers from this year’s roster, each with their own unique path forward now that their collegiate wrestling careers have ended