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)
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