The Northern State University wrestling team traveled to the Finn Grinaker Open hosted by Concordia-Moorhead notching two first place finishes out of Blake Perryman and Sean Havlovic. The Wolves also tallied five place winners on the day including three third place marks, a fifth place finish and sixth place finish.
Wrestling in the upper division for the Wolves was Matthew Leier, Matt Bettencourt, Perryman, Havlovic, and David Murphy. NSU also tallied four in the freshman division in Walker Carr, Kaiden Dorris, Riley Lura, and Harrison Townsend.
Perryman went 3-0 on the day opening with a 15-6 major decision victory over Shane Sheppard of Minot State. He followed that with a semifinal victory by fall, defeating Larry Bomstad of St. Cloud State at 5:23 in the match. Perryman faced off against Husky Travis Holt in the championships match, winning in a 12-7 decision.
Havlovic went 4-0 on the day with an opening round victory by fall over Chris Love of Jamestown. He tallied the team’s lone victory over a Division I opponent in the quarterfinals, defeating Nick Knutson of NDSU in a 9-6 decision. Havlovic notched his second victory by fall in the semis, defeating Gabe Fogarty of St. Cloud at 5:39. He concluded the day with a 3-2 decision victory over his second Husky opponent of the day, Josh Berg, in the championship match.
Carr and Dorris both competed in the 149 pound class of the freshman division with Carr taking third and Dorris taking fifth. Carr went 3-1 with two decision victories and a win by fall. He defeated Adrian Avena of Minot State (TB-1 6-5) in the opening round, Nicholas Erbes of MSU Moorhead (fall 3:52) in the consolation semis, and Avena (10-4) again in the third place match. Dorris with two victories over Erbes in the opening round (14-5) and the fifth place match (19-1).
Lura went 2-2 on the day with a third place finish at 184 pounds. The freshman opened with an 11-4 decision victory over Ryan Sanchez of Jamestown. Lura also defeated Theo Robison of Jamestown at 2:16 in the match in the fourth round.
Townsend was the final competitor for the Wolves, going 3-1 to take third overall. He opened the day with a 3-1 decision victory over Austin Moen of Minot State. After falling in the semis, Townsend defeated Desmond Bradford and Tyshaun Brown of Northland by fall at 1:45 and 2:06 respectively to seal the third place finish.
The Wolves will return to the mat December 4 for the SD Showdown from the Sanford Pentagon. Northern will face off against Augustana, South Dakota State, and Dakota Wesleyan in a dual style tournament, showcasing programs in the state of South Dakota.
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