Northern State had one wrestler in Fargo, N.D., Saturday and the rest in Mitchell.
NSU heavyweight Matt Meuleners competed at the Bison Open on the North Dakota State campus, while the rest of the Wolves were at the Dakota Wesleyan Open in Mitchell.
Meuleners finished second in the heavyweight division. He recorded back-to-back technical falls to start his day and recorded a pin in over Gerad Fugleberg of Minnesota State, Moorhead to reach the finals. Meuleners then lost to Anthony Nelson of Division I Minnesota 4-2 in the championship match. Nelson was an a NCAA Division I All-American last season.
Matt turned the corner from last weekend to this weekend, NSU coach Pat Timm said. It was a totally different wrestler and he wrestled with a lot of offense and it showed in his matches. He is right there and had a really good day up at the Bison Open.
NSU senior and Gettysburg graduate Donnie Bowden placed second in the 174-pound class at the DWU Open.
His first match after having ACL surgery last year and he ended up getting second, Timm said. He had a pretty good day for being off for a year.
The other place-winner for NSU at the DWU Open was Gavin Larsen, who is redshirting this season, in the 149-pound weight class.
He had a really good day for a true freshman, Timm said. I'm happy with how he wrestled and how he has gotten better from last week to this week.
Timm also added that Baker Haar had a good day in Mitchell. The Aberdeen Central graduate did not place in the 197-pound weight class, but Timm said he put in some really solid matches.
That is the best I have seen him wrestle in a long time, Timm said. We are pretty excited with how he wrestled today.
The Wolves will be off now until Wednesday, Nov. 30 when they host Dakota Wesleyan in a non-conference dual at Wachs Arena.
Dakota Wesleyan Open
125 Pounds: Anthony Bruno def. Justus Strong-Rico, BC, 6-0; lost to Bryden Lazaro, DSU, 7-2; major decision over Tony Blessie, HC, 15-3; pinned Alex Rust, MC, 5:34; pinned by Austin Mogg, BVU, 2:42.
133 Pounds: Ian Muirhead def. Jacob Grant, GV, 7-0; def. Tyler Feller, MC, 12-6; lost to Javior Portillo by major decision, RW, 16-6; lost to Austin Frazier by major decision, DSU, 11-0.
141 Pounds: Benton Crow lost to Tanner Werner, GV, 7-1; pinned Garrett Williams, BC, 2:00; lost to Steven Gutschenritter, BVU, 4-3; Terrence Fox pinned by Brian Magno, YC, 2:31; pinned Shaun Trotman, UR, 2:07; lost to Elias Armendariz, DSU, 6-4; Adam Scherr lost to Dusty Paulsen, DWU, 5-3; pinned by Colton Steinmetz, DSU, 2:00.
149 Pounds: Gavin Larsen pinned Pat Tangen, DSU, 3:42; def. Nicholas Clarke, YC, 4-3; def. Ryan Hand, GV, 5-3; lost to Chism Fink by tech. fall, AC; def. Zach Fishman, NWC, 7-3; lost to Shawn Hatlestad, AC, 13-6. FOURTH PLACE.
157 Pounds: Neil Sell pinned Riley McManus, AC, 0:45; lost to Jimmie Schuessler, GV, 6-2; lost to Dallas Houchins, GV, 8-2.
174 Pounds: Donnie Bowden def. Marlon Bronson, JC, 10-4; def. Tyler Sarringar, DWU, 18-13; lost to Joe Sievert, MC, 7-0. SECOND PLACE.
197 Pounds: Baker Haar def. Kevin Keister, DSU, 6-5; lost to Jeff Nielsen, AC, 6-3; def. Jake Parker, MC, 9-2; lost to Luis Pimental, GV, 9-4.
285 Pounds: Matt Meuleners tech. fall over Taylor Brown, CC, 17-0; tech. fall over Alex Andel, North Dakota State, 15-0; pinned Gerad Fugleberg, Moorhead, 3:39; lost to Anthony Nelson, Minnesota, 4-2.