NSU wrestling began the season from the annual Daktronics Open hosted by South Dakota State. Tyler Stenberg notched the top finish of the day for the Wolves, taking fifth at 149 pounds, while Joe Gomez and Sean Havlovic finished sixth at 197 and 165 pounds.
Three wrestlers hit the mat at 125 pounds. Matthew Leier went 2-2 on the day with a bye and a 10-4 decision victory over Javier Vieyra of Augustana. Richard Casillas also went 2-2 with a bye and 10-0 major decision victory over fellow teammate Chauncy Goethals.
The Wolves tallied two wrestlers in action at 133 pounds. Kenny Jones opened competition with two victories by fall. The freshman defeated Adrain Lozano of Augustana at 6:02. He went on to take down Devione Edwards of Iowa Central at 5:50. Josh Moore opened competition with a bye, but fell in a close 9-7 decision match in the second round. He was then knocked out of the consolation round by Lozano in a 10-4 decision.
Four Wolves competed at 149 pounds. Matt Bettencourt went 2-2 on the day with a bye and 0:51 victory by fall over Kaiden Dorris in the consolation round. Stenberg opened competition with a pair of decision victories over Jacob Anderson (6-2) of Augustana and Andres Gandara (10-3) of Arizona State. The Wolves senior fell in the quarterfinals in a close one point decision match to Fredy Stroker of Minnesota, but fought back with a major decision victory and victory by fall at 0:49 over James Berg and Dalton Clark of Minnesota. Stenberg dropped the consolation semifinal, but returned to defeat Rudy Guillen of U-Mary 8-1 in the fifth place match.
Billy Holtan, Ben Fichter, and Blake Perryman competed at 157 for NSU with Perryman leading the way. The junior went 2-2 with a 15-0 tech fall victory over Leland Slawson of Briar Cliff to open the day. He fell to Jake Short of Minnesota in the second round but notched his first pin of the season at the 2:16 mark. Perryman wrestled hard through the consolation bracket but fell to Brett Bye of SDSU in a close 3-1 decision match.
Havlovic was the lone wrestler at 165 pounds, and the second man to record a top finish. The senior opened competition with a 6-3 decision victory over Garrett Jordan of SDSU. The senior fell in the second round but rattled off four straight victories, including two major decisions and two falls, to reach the consolation semifinals. He fell in the semis and was unable to wrestle in the fifth place match, ultimately taking sixth in the tournament with a 5-3 record.
The Wolves return on Saturday, November 12, in Mitchell at the Dakota Wesleyan Open.
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