3 Blue Hawks still competing at NAIA national wrestling

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Three Dickinson State wrestlers are still alive in the NAIA national wrestling tournament and two are guaranteed All-American status.

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Three Dickinson State wrestlers are still alive in the NAIA national wrestling tournament and two are guaranteed All-American status.

Bryden Lazaro, Jose Lopez and Brad Steele all lost in the quarterfinals to wrestlers who will compete for national championships today.

Lopez fell to Eric Thompson of Grand View (Iowa) in the heavyweight quarterfinals and then pinned his way through two wrestleback rounds to assure himself a place no lower than sixth on Friday.

Lopez had two third-period pins to get him into the consolation semifinals. He beat John Sievert in 6 minutes, 25 seconds and Leviticus Roberson in 6:46.

Lazaro can also finish no lower than sixth. The 125-pounder was pinned in the quarterfinals by Southern Oregon's Mitchell Lofstedt, the 2010 national champion, in 2:01. He then scored a 16-0 technical fall against Wayland Baptist's Albert Tapia and a 7-1 decision to Gabriel Roman of Missouri Baptist.


Steele is in the seventh-place match against Carey Cloud of William Penn, who he beat 3-2 in overtime in the third round Thursday.

Steele lost to Southern Oregon's Jimmy Eggemeyer by a 9-3 decision in the quarterfinals, beat Michael Gonzalez of Cumberland (Tenn.) 9-6 and then fell Jarell Price of Baker (Kan.) 6-2 in the fifth round of wrestlebacks.

Jesse Hellinger (184) won a pair in the wrestlebacks before losing his fourth-round wrestleback match to Robert Shadrach of Baker by a 4-3 decision.

Senior Adam Orton (141), junior Colton Hill (285) and freshman Clayton Steinmetz (133) all scored one wrestleback win before bowing out.

Orton beat Tyler Klinkhammer of Bacone (Okla.) before succumbing to his teammate, Christian Hernandez in a 19-2 technical fall.

Hill and Steinmetz each had pins in their opening wrestleback matches before falling.

Sergio Martinez (125) and Robert Meador (141) each lost out in their first wrestleback match.

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Friday's Dickinson State results


125: Mitchell Lofstedt, Southern Oregon, pinned Bryden Lazaro, DSU, 2:01.

149: Jimmy Eggemeyer, Southern Oregon, dec. Brad Steele, DSU, 9-3.

285: Eric Thompson, Grand View, major dec. Jose Lopez, DSU, 14-0.

Wrestleback Second Round

125: Drake Medieros, Menlo, dec. Sergio Martinez, DSU, 3-1.

133: Clayton Steinmetz, DSU, pinned Ricky Ortiz, Northwestern College, 4:50.


141: Adam Orton, DSU, dec. Tyler Klinkhammer, Bacone, 6-0; Matt Schieve, Cumberland (Tenn.), pinned Robert Meador, DSU, 4:57.

184: Jesse Hellinger, DSU, major dec. Eric Johnson, CCSJ, 13-4.

285: Colton Hill, DSU, pinned Korry Morrow, William Penn, 3:29.

Wrestleback Third Round

133: Travis Evans, Grand View, major dec. Clayton Steinmetz, DSU, 11-0.

141: Christian Hernandez, Bacone, tech. fall Adam Orton, DSU, 19-2, 6:25.

184: Jesse Hellinger, DSU, dec. Andrew Pontikes, Oklahoma City, 12-5.

285: Sears Tiernan, Great Falls, pinned Colton Hill, DSU, 6:23.


Wrestleback Fourth Round

125: Bryden Lazaro, DSU, tech. fall Albert Tapia, Wayland Baptist, 16-0.

149: Brad Steele, DSU, dec. Michael Gonzalez, Cumberland (Tenn.), 9-6.

184: Robert Shadrach, Baker, dec. Jesse Hellinger, DSU, 4-3.

285: Jose Lopez, DSU, pinned John Sievert, Morningside, 6:25.

Wrestleback Fifth Round

125: Bryden Lazaro, DSU, dec. Gabriel Roman, Missouri Baptist, 7-1.

149: Jarell Price, Baker, dec. Brad Steele, DSU, 6-2.


285: Jose Lopez, DSU, pinned Leviticus Roberson, Midland Lutheran, 6:46.

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