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