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Blue Hawks wrestling takes part in weekend matches at University of Great Falls

On Friday, the Blue Hawks took place in the Battle of the Rockies dual and lost to all three opponents.

Indiana Tech, the No. 5-ranked team in the nation, defeated DSU 35-6. The Blue Hawks received wins from freshmen Devan Williams at 157 pounds and Jon Solano (165).

In the second dual, DSU fell to the No. 1-ranked junior college, Northwest College, 27-9. At 184 pounds, DSU sophomore Lane Oversen pinned Jacob Black 4 minutes, 21 seconds. In the 285 weight class, Meyer Bohn took a 4-1 overtime decision against Gabriel Escobedo.

The third dual was against Northern Montana, which is ranked No. 2 in the NAIA, defeated DSU 41-6. The Blue Hawks’ two wins coming at 133 and 149 pounds. Senior Mack Chambers (133) beat Doug Ohere 9-4, while Manny Reyes (149) won 10-6 over Hunter Azure.

Despite the three losses, DSU head coach Thad O’Donnell thought his team competed hard and understands they wrestled a lot and went head-to-head against many high-caliber, ranked programs.

“I told them when we’re young we need to get hardened and tempered like steal,” he said. “Learning to battle is an important step. We learned from the matches by gaining confidence because we looked to score and not at the score.”

Saturday was the University of Great Falls Open, and DSU placed six wrestlers in the top six in their respected weight classes.

Freshman Cade Coles (129) finished in sixth, sophomore Sean Elkins (149) took fifth, senior Jon Morales (157) placed fourth, junior Tyler Brown (174) finished fifth and sophomore Skyler Carroll (197) took fourth.

The Blue Hawks travel to the Chadron (Neb.) State College Dual on Wednesday — the team’s final dual until January. With a long-awaited break in sight, DSU will go hard and try to finish strong against the Eagles.

“With the caliber of competition, we battled well and looked to use our experience to harden us,” O’Donnell said. “Placing six guys showed we are gaining ground.”