EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Members of the Wisconsin-La Crosse wrestling team competed at the 35th Annual UW-Eau Claire Blugold Open Saturday in McPhee Physical Education Center. No team scores were recorded. Four wrestlers placed for the Eagles, including Richard Carlson (174) second and Quenten Fisher (125) third.
Carlson placed second at 174-pounds with a 3-1 record. He opened with a major decision (10-2) against unattached wrestler Michael Urban before another major decision (14-3) against Aaron Brasket of St. John’s in the quarterfinals. Carlson won by decision (3-2) in the semifinals against Dusty Jentz of Luther, but fell by decision (3-1) in the title match to Josh Kohler of Augsburg.
Fisher finished third at 125-pound with a 2-1 record. He received a first-round bye and then won by technical fall (18-1) against Blong Kong of Augsburg in the quarterfinals. Fisher lost by decision (8-6) to North Central’s Nicolas Santos in the semifinals, but came back to take third-place with a win by fall (4:08) against UW-Eau Claire’s Zack Sirny.
UW-L’s Alastair Keys finished sixth at 197-pounds with a 1-2 record. He lost by major decision (12-2) to Matthew Hechsel of Augsburg in his first match, but then won by fall (2:10) against Riad Abu-Smail of St. John’s. Keys dropped the fifth-place match by decision (13-9) to Casey Greenberg of North Central.
Dylan Shaffer took consolation first-place at 149-pounds with a 3-1 record. He lost by technical fall (16-0) to Wisconsin’s Timothy Ruschell in his opening match before winning three in a row. Shaffer won by major decision (14-3) versus Upper Iowa’s Josh Tyler and by decision (4-3) versus Luther’s Chris George before defeating unattached wrestler Dylan Wright by fall (6:34) in the consolation championship.
At 141-pounds, the Eagles’ Mitchel Lexvold went 4-2, losing in the consolation championship. He won by decision (8-6, sudden victory) against Arik Yide of UW-Parkside in his first match, but lost by fall (3:46) to Rylan Lubeck of Wisconsin. Lexvold then won three consecutive matches by fall, defeating Ryan Cook of Augsburg (4:50), Andrew Hartmann of Luther (2:08) and Corey Meyer of UW-Whitewater (2:00). He lost the consolation championship by decision (9-6) to Eric Ellington, wrestling unattached.
Other results for UW-L Saturday included RJ Dilcher (149), Zach Jackson (149), Mitch Anderson (174) and Mike Minske (184) all finishing 1-2 while Cody Endres (285) went 0-2. Jackson earned his win by fall while Dilcher and Anderson each won by major decision.