GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Grand Canyon opened its season on Saturday with one champion and three runner-up finishes at the Colorado Mesa Open.
A Division II All-American in 2013, Mike Hamel won the 149-class. He won four matches, two by decision, one by technical fall and another by major decision.
Hamel out-pointed his opponents 45-10.
NCAA-qualifier Lino Estrada (133), redshirt-sophomore Marcus Haughian (197) and freshman Austin Solari (141) all earned runner-up finishes.
Redshirt-sophomore Chayse Jackson (157), senior Martin Fabbian (174) and frosh Austin Gaun (184) picked up thirds, while Juan Carlos Maynes (165), Michael Holwell (184) and Kevin Hunt (125) all placed fifth.
No. 5 Newberry at Pembroke Classic
PEMBROKE, N.C. -- Four championship performances and 14 placers highlighted a fantastic showing by No. 5 Newberry at the 2013 Pembroke Classic on Saturday.
One of the day’s top performances came from senior 141-pounder B.J. Young. Young came into the Pembroke Classic ranked seventh nationally and cruised to a championship in his class with four bonus-point wins. He won the championship match with a dominating 21-5 win by technical fall against North Carolina-Pembroke’s Daniel Ownbey, who came into the event ranked ahead of Young in the national rankings.
Blake Ridenour also dominated his bracket at 165 pounds with five bonus-point wins on the way to a first period pin of NC State’s Mikey Amorando in the championship match.
Joe Pittman won the 174 lbs. weight class with five victories, three coming as bonus points. He earned a 3-2 decision in the championship match against UNC Pembroke’s Blaze Shade in the championship match. Teammate Cody Brundage finished fourth in that class with two pins, losing to Pittman in the semifinals.
All-American Joey Grisko won the 197 pound championship, conceding only 11 points in five matches, with all of his wins coming by decision.
No. 7 Upper Iowa at Loras Open
DUBUQUE, Iowa -- The Peacocks opened their 2013-14 season at the Loras Open. The event is a great open tournament for teams to compete in because it splits the brackets for each weight class into Gold (upperclassmen) and Silver (freshman only) brackets. The event featured 345 wrestlers and included schools like NCAA DI's Illinois, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois and Wisconsin as well as the NAIA's No. 1 in Grandview.
Upper Iowa sent 14 wrestlers down in Upper Iowa singlets to compete; all 14 attached wrestlers competed in the Gold Brackets. As a group, the Peacocks claimed two individual titles in the Gold Brackets and added a fourth place, two fifth places and a seventh place finish.
Leading the way for UIU was newcomer Edwin Cooper and senior Carl Broghammer. Both grapplers dominated their matches to claim the title at 149 and 197 pounds, respectively.