Three wrestle at North Country...
The South Dakota State wrestling team had three wrestlers compete unattached at the North Country Open this weekend...
The open was hosted by the University of Minnesota - Duluth in Collegeville, Minn.
Colby Kloetzer had an impressive showing, going 4-0 en route to a first-place finish at 157. Kloetzer won each match by decision, defeating two wrestlers from St. John's (including the runner-up), one from Minnesota and one from Ridgewater. In the championship, Kloetzer scored a 9-4 win over his opponent from St. John's.
At 165 pounds, John Nething II scored a fall against his first opponent before entering the wrestleback after a second-round defeat. In the wrestleback, Nething II posted a major decision and two decisions en route to a third-place finish. In the third-place match, Nething II matched Kloetzer with a 9-4 decision over his opponent, a semifinalist from Augsburg.
Ryan Festag wrestled at 174 pounds, but ran into some tough competition. Festag dropped his opener before going 1-1 in the wrestleback. Festag scored a 5-3 decision before being knocked out by a slim 5-1 decision.
Complete SDSU wrestler results are listed below.
Colby Kloetzer bye
Colby Kloetzer dec. Shane Fessenmaier (Ridgewater), 14-10
Colby Kloetzer dec. Chris Stevermer (St. John's), 4-2
Semifinals: Colby Kloetzer dec. Brad Dolezal (Minnesota), 7-3
Championship: Colby Kloetzer dec. Ryan Arne (St. John's), 9-4
John Nething II fall Luke Newgaard (St. John's), 3:20
Noel Sweeney (Augsburg) maj. dec. John Nething II, 15-5
Wrestleback: John Nething II bye
Wrestleback: John Nething II maj. dec. Tyrell Martin (Ridgewater), 10-1
Wrestleback: John Nething II injury default Zach Enrico (Augsburg)
Wrestleback: John Nething II dec. Tyler Spizcka (Unattached), 7-4
Wrestleback Semifinals: John Nething II forfeit Nicholas Schuler (St. John's)
Third-Place Match: John Nething II dec. Justin Bowland (Augsburg), 9-4