NCAA Division 1:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Huskers opened their season at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open hosted by South Dakota State University. Mikey Labriola led the charge by winning the 174 title scoring 3 bonus point wins in his 4 matches. Redshirt Freshman Christian Miller (Plainview High School) increased his stock by placing 2nd at 133, losing only to past NCAA Finalist Ethan Lizak of Minnesota. Luke Weber finished 2nd at 157, while Tucker Sjomeling (133), Johnny Blankenship (165), Eric Schultz (197) and Christian Lance (285) each took third place. Peyton Robb and Jake Silverstein tied for 3rd place at 157 as they chose not to wrestle the last match.

Team Results:
125: Alex Thomsen (unattached) – 5th place (2-2)
133: Jevon Parrish (unattached) – DNP (1-2)
133: Tucker Sjomeling – 3rd place (3-1)
133: Jordan Kelber (unattached) – DNP (2-2)
133: Brian Peska – 4th place (4-2)
133: Christian Miller – 2nd place (3-1)
141: Aris Shino – 6th place (2-3)
149: Kyle Ruettiger – DNP (1-2)
149: Jordan Shearer – 4th place (3-2)
149: Collin Purinton – 5th place (3-2)
149: Zemua Baptista – 6th place(3-3)
157: Peyton Robb (unattached) – T-3rd place (4-1)
157: Jake Silverstein (unattached) – T-3rd place (3-1)
157: Luke Weber (unattached) – 2nd place (3-1)
157: Caleb Licking – DNP (1-2)
165: Dalton Peters – DNP (2-2)
165: Johnny Blankenship – 3rd place (3-1)
174: #11 Mikey Labriola – 1st place (4-0)
184: Colton Wolfe – 6th place (1-3)
197: Anthony Gaona – DNP (2-2)
197: Eric Schultz – 3rd place (4-1)
197: Cade Svoboda – DNP (0-2)
HWT: Patrick Grayson – 4th place (2-2)
HWT: Christian Lance (unattached) – 3rd place (3-1)
HWT: Austin Emmerson (unattached) – 5th place (4-2)

NCAA Division 2:

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Two Lopers walked away with gold medals from the University of Wyoming Cowboy Open on Saturday, Jarrod Hinrichs and Tyler Cunningham. Hinrichs is a returning All-American from Geneva, Nebraska who captured the 285 pound title. Tyler Cunningham is a true freshman from Gretna, NE who won the 157 pound Amateur division bracket. Nebraska-Kearney had five others place in the top four in the Elite division: J.J. Clark (4th/184 lbs.), Matt Malcom (2nd/157 lbs.), Josh Portillo (3rd/125lbs.), Lincoln native Jonathan Killingsworth (3rd/141 lbs.), Jacob Wasser (4th/149 lbs.), and Gretna senior Brady Radik (4th/197 lbs.).UNK will dual Colorado Mesa and Western State this weekend in Colorado. The rest of the team will be competing at the Grand View Open in Des Moines

Chadron State College
The Eagles opened their season at the Wyoming Cowboy Open. Chance Karst (141) and Wade French (285) took 2nd and 4th respectively in the Elite Division. Karst’s only loss was to 2018 NCAA Qualifier Sam Turner of Wyoming. Former Class A State Champion Brandon Kile from Hastings Senior High finished with a 1-2 record at 133.

Team Results:
Elite Brackets
133- Brandon Kile (1-2)
141- Chance Karst (3-1) 2nd place
149- Chase Clasen (2-2)
157- Jake Otuafi (2-2)
165- Tate Allison (4-1)
165- Matt Hebel (2-2)
197- Aspen Naylor (1-2)
197- Heber Shepherd (1-2)
285- Wade French (2-2) 4th place
285- Rulon Taylor (2-2)

Amateur Brackets
125- Clay Eagle (2-2)
133- Joe Taylor (2-2)
133- Steven Lahnert (5-2)
165- Kodiak French (3-2)
285- Eli Hinojosa (1-2)
285- Mason Watt (1-2)

NCAA Division 3:

Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln)
The Prairie Wolves opened their season at the 18-team Yellowjacket Open in Rochester, MN. Eron Haynes, formerly of Omaha Central High School and Chadron State College, won the title at 125 pounds with pins in all 4 of his matches. Jared Nickman (past Class A State Champion from Pius X High School) finished 2nd in the 157 weight class. Ben Lodema (past Class C State Champion from Raymond Central High School) finished 5th at 197. True freshman Cody Fielder (Fremont High School) went 2-2 on the day and would’ve wrestled teammate Ryan Smales for 7th place if the tournament would’ve allowed them to.

Team Results:
125- Eron Haynes (4-0) 1st place
133- Ryan Smales (2-2)
133- Cody Fielder (2-2)
149- Dustin Monroe (1-2)
157- Jared Nickman (3-1) 2nd place
174- Matthew Fricke (2-2)
197- Ben Lodema (3-1) 5th place
197- Alex Kerr (1-2)


Midland University (Fremont)
Midland opened the season at the 10th Annual Dan Harris Open in Baldwin City, Kansas that had 165 wrestlers compete in it. Dominique Evans placed second at 165 with a 4-1 record, losing a tight 7-6 decision in the finals. Jonas Gaytan placed 3rd at 133 with 3-1 record, while Stephon Gray placed 3rd at 174 with a 4-1 record. Dalton Mueller (North Bend High School) won 2 matches while Tristan Snover (Seward High School) and Derrell Zagurski (Winnebago High School) both went 1-2.

Team Results:
133- Jonas Gaytan (3-1) 3rd place
149- Tristan Snover (1-2)
165- Dominique Evans (4-1) 2nd place
165- Dalton Mueller (2-2)
174- Stephon Gray (4-1) 3rd place
285- Derrell Zagurski (1-2)

Concordia University (Seward)
Concordia also opened their season at the Dan Harris Open. Deandre Chery won the 174 bracket with 4 wins, including 3 first period falls. Michael Stann won 3 of 4 matches to finish 2nd at 285, while Mario Ybarra (Scottsbluff High School) placed 3rd rattling off 4 straight wins after a first round loss.

Team Results:
125- Mario Ybarra 3rd place (4-1)
133- Zackary Moistner (2-2)
141- Kyle Carey (2-2)
149- Cameron Devers (2-2)
157- Issiah Burks (1-2)
165- Jason Watkins (1-2)
174- Cyrus Marshall (1-2)
174- Blake Castillo (3-2)
174- Deandre Chery 1st place (4-0)
174- Walker Fisher (1-2, injury defaulted out)
184- Tyler Jorgensen (1-2)
184- Josh Nelsen 4th place (4-2)
184- Darrin Miller (3-2)
197- Bryan McGahan (1-2)
285- Michael Stann (3-1) 2nd place

York College

The Panthers opened their season at the Jimmie Open in Jamestown, ND. 5 of their wrestlers won a match on the day.

Team Results:
125- Harley Williamson (1-2)
141- Deandre Neroes (1-2)
149- Justin Dyer (1-2)
184- Noah Manly (1-2)
285- Cooper Wilkins (1-2)

Doane University (Crete)- Idle

Hastings College- Idle


Other College Wrestlers with Nebraska Ties:

Yellowjacket Open
125- Chase Larsen of Northwestern finished with a 2-2 record
133- Jack Huffman of Augustana placed 3rd with a 3-1 record
141- Cameron Riggs of St. Cloud State placed 5th with 5-1 record

Wyoming Cowboy Open
Amateur Division
125- Jake Stogdill of Colorado School of Mines placed 2nd with a 4-1 record
165- Billy Higgins of Northern Colorado placed 1st with a 4-0 record

Dan Harris Open
133- Cole Zebley of Fort Hays State finished with a 1-2 record

2 thoughts on “College Wrestling Weekend Recap”
  1. Would like to know why Dalton Mueller from (North Bend Central) attending Midland University wasn’t listed for his wins at the Dan Harris Open wrestling 165#. Won 2 matches.

    1. Thank you for bringing our attention. His name and result from the weekend must have not been selected when the results were copied and pasted into the article. We made the correction, and sincerely apologize for the omission.

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