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wrestling-d3 flag | February 9, 2014


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Four Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks placed in the Blugold Open hosted by Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday. Taylor Hildenbrandt led the way finishing third in the 184-pound weight class followed by fourth-place finishes by Andrew Pettit and Angel Botzoc at 174 and 184 pounds respectively and TJ Decker was fifth at 174 pounds.

Hildebrandt, one of three Warhawks wrestling at 184 pounds, opened the competition with a bye. He followed with a 6-3 decision against Luther's Matthew Chlebeck. Hildebrandt fell to Mike Kelly (unattached from Wisconsin-Parkside) 6-1 to move into the battle for third where he would face teammate Angel Botzoc. Botzoc opened his first tournament as a Warhawk with a 10-0 major decision against St. Olaf's Hugh Ellerman. He followed with a 7-1 decision against James Nelson of Minnesota-Mankato before falling to eventual 184 pound champion, Tom Teigen of Augsburg by 6-0 decision. In the third place match, Hildebrandt came out on top by 3-1 decision. George Gonzalez went 1-2 in the 184-pound bracket, falling in the consolation championship by 10-7 decision to Augsburg's Miles Hammerlund.

Augsburg earned weight-class titles, part of 13 Auggie placewinners at the Blugold Open on Saturday.

Mike Fuenffinger, Chad Bartschenfeld, Tommy Teigen and Chad Johnson won titles in their weight classes for the Auggies.

No. 3 Messiah, No. 9 Wilkes at Messiah Open

GRANTHAM, Pa. -- One day after beating Johns Hopkins 33-9, Messiah hosted the annual Messiah Open. Jason Wright finished in third place for the Falcons' highest placement of the day, with four other finishing in fifth place.

Wright advanced to the quarterfinals at 197 before dropping a 3-2 decision to Dylan Devine of Maryland. He successfully wrestled back to earn a 4-2 decision of Brandon Litten of Drexel for the third place finish.

Russell Jones finished in fifth place in the same class, earning a 7-2 decision against Garrett Connor of Rutgers in his final bout.

Marshall Myers finished fifth at 125 to lead a host of other strong performances by Messiah. Myers took an 8-3 decision against Timothy Miranda from Elizabethtown.

Kyle Dayhoff (165) and Jeremy Bailes (174) also finished fifth for the Falcons, with Dayhoff earning his placement with a pin against Thomas Demetrio from York.

At the 157 weight Ben Wise won his first two matches (pin, decision) before wrestling back to finish at sixth. Nike Havener (184) and Luke Weaver (285) each finished in seventh for Messiah, with Havener earning a fall against Matt Zippilli from York.

Wilkes senior William Fletcher was crowned the heavyweight champion at the Messiah Open as eight Colonels earned top-seven finishes Saturday at the annual tournament.

Fletcher began his title run with a pin in his opening match in 1:51 before claiming a 5-2 decision against Sean Twigg of Maryland. After pinning Maryland's Luis Beteta in 6:30 in the semifinals, Fletcher completed the championship run with a 2-0 decision Mike Spencer of York in the finals.