Hruby, Jones lead DSU in home tournament
After an unsatisfying previous night filled with loss after loss, the Dickinson State wrestling team showed how quickly they can recover and improve during Saturday's tournament.
Six wrestlers earned third or second place while 125-pound freshman Matt Hruby and 133-pound redshirt sophomore Gresh Jones took home first place in their respective classes in the Tyler Plummer Classic on Jan. 13 at Dickinson State.
Hruby only wrestled in two matches, receiving a bye in the first and bypassing the semifinal with an injury default, but he won both by fall.
Jones, who won both his matches on Friday by technical falls, won the first place match against Morningside (Iowa) wrestler Alexander Schmitz by a 9-3 decision.
"Gresh had some good wins against some quality kids that are at the national level," Dickinson State head coach Justin Schlect said. "Matt Hruby had a great day. He beat some kids at the national level that'll shake up the rankings a little bit. Really, just in general, the guys had some good quality wins."
The Blue Hawks performed their strongest in the third place match, with four wrestlers winning and three losing to take fourth place.
Sophomore Jacob Berg, freshman Taner Stone, junior Devan Williams and sophomore Cody Johnson all took third in their respective weight classes.
"It doesn't matter what place that is, it's that we're winning that last match," Schlect said. "It's a good habit, a good skill builder for us. We definitely made some improvements on the day. We're attacking and creating opportunities, becoming offensive."
Sophomores Jaime Mullins and Payson Dirk took second place in the 141 and 197-pound brackets.
Williams, one of the oldest members of the team, fought hard the whole way through his third place match. Pushing through an injured shoulder, Williams was up 8-4 after two rounds. He quickly added three more points with an escape and takedown early in the third round before defeating Jamestown's Theo Robison by way of fall.
"My match in the semis was kind of tough," Williams said of his 12-0 loss. "I got returned real hard down on my shoulder and kind of had to battle through the rest of the day with that. I ended up getting stuck in that match and wrestled back in the third. You just can't let those losses get to you."
Williams served as an example for younger wrestlers, of which there are many on the Dickinson State team. Additionally, he didn't settle for a point win. He earned the extra points with a pin despite team scores not being counted in the tournament.
"We talked about bonus points last night," Schlect said. "We were giving them up last night. Today, obviously there's no team score, but it's a just good habit builder for us. To know the difference of putting a kid away and getting those last minute wins and going from a major to a (technical fall) or a decision to a major."
Freshmen Glen Anderson and Matt Carlson earned fifth while freshman Tanner Borneman earned fourth after falling 10-3 in the 3rd place match. Freshman Logan Wagoner also collected a fourth place finish with a 2-1 loss to Providence (Mont.) wrestler Josh Beckler in the 165-pound weight class.
The success of the youngest teammates, especially Hruby and Berg, show that the Blue Hawks have been successfully helping wrestlers transition from high school, to the college level of performance.
"That's what we've talked about a lot, is learning how to wrestle with that aggression," Williams said. "Changing that attitude from 'We're out here to wrestle' to 'I'm basically here to kick your (butt) and how dare you step on my mat.' We're getting a lot better at it."
No team scores
125: Cons. semi: Devin Phaly, Morningside (Iowa), dec. Glen Anderson, DSU, 6-4. 5th place match: Anderson, DSU, injury default Jesus Barajas, Jamestown, 0:00.
Phaly, Morningside, fall Landen Hopkins, DSU, 2:22.
Quarterfinal: Matt Hruby, DSU, fall Rob Pair, MSU Northern, 4:46. Semifinal: Hruby, DSU, injury default, Jesus Barajas, Jamestown, 0:00. 1st place match: Hruby, DSU fall Jeremy Leintz, Mary, 3:46.
133: Semifinal: Gresh Jones, DSU, dec. Landon Bailey, MSUN, 6-3. 1st place match: Jones, DSU, dec. Alexander Schmitz, Morningside, 9-3.
141: Semifinal: Jaime Mullins, DSU, dec. Jered Sublet, Minot State, 3-1. 1st place match: Matt Weber, MSUN, fall Mullins, DSU, 2:37.
Mason Schultz, Minnesota State Moorhead, maj. dec. Brandon Claye, DSU, 15-7.
Cons. semi: Tanner Borneman, DSU, dec. Jarren Komac, Providence (Mont.), 5-0. 3rd place match: Sublet, Minot, dec. Borneman, DSU, 10-3.
149: 5th place match: Matt Carlson, DSU, fall Colton Hillyard, Providence, 1:15.
Cons. semi: Jacob Berg, DSU, maj. dec. Matt Carlson, DSU, 12-0. 3rd place match: Berg, DSU, fall Justin Gibson, Providence, 4:48.
157: Cons. semi: Taner Stone, DSU, dec. Justin Folsom, Jamestown, 8-2. 3rd place match: Stone, DSU, fall Keagan Putnam, Morningside, 2:30.
165: Cons. semi: Logan Wagoner, DSU, dec. Nickolas Madsen, Morningside, 6-3. 3rd place match: Josh Beckler, Providence, dec. Wagoner, DSU, 2-1.
5th place match: Caden Haugen, DSU, fall Madsen, Morningside, 0:50.
174: Cons. semi: Devan Williams, DSU, maj. dec. Alexander Thompson, Morningside, 12-0. 3rd place match: Williams, DSU, fall Theo Robison, Jamestown, 6:21.
184: Cons. semi: Jason Zecchini, DSU, dec. Rylan Moldenhauer, MSUN, 9-4. 3rd place match: Matt Hernandez, dec. Zecchini, DSU, 5-0.
197: Semifinal: Payson Dirk, DSU, dec. Will Parks, Jamestown, 5-3. 1st place match: Isaac Bartel, MSUN, tech. fall over Dirk, DSU, 15-0.
5th place match: Hunter Taylor, Providence, dec. over Rhyse Wandler, DSU, 6-1.
Cons. semi: Cody Johnson, DSU, maj. dec. Taylor, Providence, 10-1. 3rd place match: Johnson, DSU, dec. Parks, Jamestown, 7-6.
HWT: Cons. round 3: Austin Moen, Minot, dec. over Ethan Goss-Dickie, DSU, 7-3.