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Stone, Anderson place third as DSU hosts Tyler Plummer Open

Dickinson State sophomore Taner Stone needed one more win to advance to the championship match, but up against Tanner Wiese of Northern State (S.D.), the sophomore fell one point short.

Blue Hawks freshman Kyle Anderson pins Rylan Moldenhauer of Montana State - Northern during the Tyler Plummer Open on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Wienbergen Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Blue Hawks freshman Kyle Anderson pins Rylan Moldenhauer of Montana State - Northern during the Tyler Plummer Open on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Wienbergen Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

Dickinson State sophomore Taner Stone needed one more win to advance to the championship match, but up against Tanner Wiese of Northern State (S.D.), the sophomore fell one point short.

Winning the rest of his matches by way of fall, Stone was one of two Blue Hawks to finish third as the team hosted the Tyler Plummer Open on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Wienbergen Gym.

In the second period, 157-pound Stone trailed by 9-3, but trimmed the deficit to 9-5 with a reversal in the final seconds. In the third, he took action, using an early escape and a takedown to earn three points. However, his opponent escaped from his grasp to go up 10-8. With 21 seconds left, the referee called the grapplers back to the center after going out of bounds. Stone needed a takedown to go into extra time and with seven second on the clock, he got it.

"Takedown, takedown, pressure on him," Stone said of his tactic going into the final seconds. "We call it a flurry. We do flurry drills in the room a lot. It's the last 40 seconds, 20 seconds. It's when you just try to break him, I guess. I was just going for a takedown."

However, after the match ended, the referee granted Wiese a point for having more than a minute of riding time.

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"It sucked, but I learned that I was super sloppy. I didn't finish anything," Stone recalled. "I could have wrestled a way better match. It was super sloppy. Now I know what I got to work on at least."

Stone pinned freshman teammate Konrich Speelmon in 1:31 to advance to the third-place match where he made quick work of Anthony Velazquez. In his shortest contest of the day, Stone pinned the University of Mary freshman in just 45 seconds to seal his third-place finish.

In the 197-pound bracket, Kyle Anderson finished third as well. In his quarterfinal matchup, the Hamilton, Mont. native faced Travis Tomei, a freshman at University of Providence (Mont.) who pinned Anderson in just over three minutes during a tournament in December.

Earning redemption, or revenge, or both, Anderson defeated Tomei with an 8-4 decision.

In the semifinal, Anderson was pinned in 2:22, but came back to pin Montana State - Northern's Rylan Moldenhauer in six minutes flat. Thanks to a friendly forfeit from Dickinson State redshirt Payson Dirk, Anderson walked away from his first home meet with a third-place finish.

"It was pretty exciting because it's my first year here and so my first big home tournament," Anderson said. "First match was a rematch of a kid I lost to earlier in the year, so I was really excited about that one. I ended up beating him. It was a good match and I was really happy. ... Just overall super happy with my performance. I'm happy I finally placed in a college tournament, especially at home."

Dickinson State head coach Justin Schlecht said Anderson's victory over Tomei was a clear example of making adjustments, something he encourages his wrestlers to do even mid-match to adjust to an opponent.

"I think that's a good move and a good adjustment, which is what we're about," he said. "Not just closing the gaps on guys that are beating us, but winning the match too. That's a huge improvement on his part. It goes to show him and the younger guys, and even the older guys, what we're talking about technique-wise."

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Junior Jaime Mullins also fared well for the Blue Hawks. He fell 3-2 in his 141-pound quarterfinal matchup, but he wrestled back, winning his next three to advance to the 3rd-place match against TJ Baun of Providence.

Mullins recorded the only points in the first period with a takedown, but by the end of the second, Baun had tied things up at two. To kick off the third, Mullins escaped from the down position to go ahead 3-2. Mullins looked for an opening for a takedown to seal the win, but with 10 seconds left, Baun beat him to it, earning the 4-3 victory to take third.

Caden Haugen finished the day in sixth place in the 165-pound bracket, winning his first match with a pin at the 4:24 mark.

After suffering back-to-back losses, an 18-2 technical fall and a 15-9 decision, junior Tavian Del Rosario ended his day on a win, pinning Jamestown's Thomas Ingraham in 4:13 to place fifth in the 174-pound bracket.

"He's been having kind of a rough go and I think he's finally relaxed and is just trusting himself and just wrestling," Schlecht said of Del Rosario. "He did a good job there. Caden is finally coming around. In general, we're coming around. Now it's just about every day improving, every day working harder and every day being aggressive."

Results Saturday

133: Quarterfinal: Aarron Gelvin (Providence) fall Trey Fischbach (DSU), 1:22. Cons. 1 - Robert Coyle (Northern State) dec. Fischbach (DSU), 12-9.

141: Quarterfinal: Cole Mills (Northwestern) dec. Jaime Mullins (DSU) 3-2. Cons. 2 - Mullins maj. dec. Gavin Maslen (MSU - Northern), 8-0. Cons. 3 - Mullins (DSU) dec. Brandon Sharkey (NS), 5-0. Cons. semi - Mullins (DSU) dec. Jesus Murillo (Jamestown), 9-6. 3rd place: TJ Baun (P) dec. Mullins (DSU) 4-3.

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149: Quarterfinal: Matt Carlson (DSU) fall Quinn Whitmus (UMary), 0:55. Semifinal: Adam DeBoer (NS) dec. Carlson (DSU), 9-6. Cons. semi - Brandon Aragon (J) fall Carlson (DSU), 3:54. 5th place: Caleb Haskell (Chadron) maj. dec. Carlson (DSU), 11-2.

157: Quarterfinal: Taner Stone (DSU) fall Gavin Gies (P), 1:30. Semifinal: Tanner Wiese (NS) dec. Stone (DSU), 11-10. Cons. semi - Stone (DSU) fall Konrich Speelmon (DSU), 1:31. 3rd place: Stone fall Anthony Velazquez (UMary), 0:45.

Quarterfinal: Hudson Pearman (NS) fall Speelmon (DSU), 2:30. 5th place: Pearman (NS) SV Speelmon (DSU), 7-5.

165: Quarterfinal: Caden Haugen (DSU) fall Gabe Juarequi-Diaz (J), 4:24. Semifinal: Andrew Bartel (MSUN) maj. Dec. Haugen (DSU), 8-0. Cons. semi - Joseph Lopez (Minot State) fall Haugen (DSU), 6:06. 5th place: Carter Behler (N) tech. fall Haugen (DSU), 20-2.

174: Quarterfinal: Tavian Del Rosario (DSU) injury default Tanner Smith (J), 4:09. Semifinal: Chase Short (MSUN) tech. fall Del Rosario (DSU), 18-2. Cons. semi - Tyler Zeimen (N) dec. Del Rosario (DSU), 4:13. 5th place: Del Rosario (DSU) fall Thomas Ingraham (J), 4:13.

184: Champ. 1 - Brady Childers (N) fall Tristen Stuhr (DSU), 0:39. Cons. 2 - Jake French (MSUN) fall Stuhr (DSU), 2:05.

197: Quarterfinal: Kyle Anderson (DSU) dec. Travis Tomei (P), 8-4. Semifinal: Isaac Bartel (MSUN) fall Anderson (DSU), 2:22. Cons. semi - Anderson (DSU) fall Rylan Moldenhauer (MSUN), 6:00. 3rd place: Anderson (DSU) won by forfeit Payson Dirk (unattached).

HWT: Quarterfinal: Jase Stokes (MSUN) fall Zach Myers (DSU), 2:06. Cons. 2 - Myers (DSU) dec. Miguel Baltazar (J), 9-4. Cons. 3 - Dominic Tudor (UMary) fall Myers (DSU), 3:39.

Quarterfinal: Casey Jones (DSU) dec. Emmitt Brooks (UMary), 6-3. Semifinal: Caleb Lefferdink (NS) dec. Jones (DSU), 4-3. Cons. semi - Dominic Tudor (UMary) medical forfeit Jones (DSU). 5th place: Jones (DSU) forfeit Ethan Goss-Dickie (unattached).

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