The South Dakota State wrestling team sent competitors to the Briar Cliff Open and placed three.
Troy Morisette, seeded fourth at 174 pounds, dominated the early rounds and was decisive in the end. Morisette opened with a second-period pin versus Logan Henning (Augustana) and improved to a first-period pin versus Asaiah Dyer (Midland) in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals, he scored a 5-1 decision versus top-seeded Tanner Taylor (Augustana). Facing his second seeded opponent, Morisette wrestled a low-scoring match, but ended with the 2-1 upper hand versus third seed Drake Fanslau (Augustana).
Will James placed second at 141 after three wins to open the day. James, seeded second, won three-straight matches by decision to advance to the finals. He defeated Tanner Werner (Grand View) 3-0, Kevin Olson (Morningside) 6-3 and JL Mayo (Northwestern College) 6-0.
In the finals, James wrestled to another decision, but was on the short end of an 8-3 score.
Trey Hable was the third-place finisher at 184. Hable opened the day with an 11-8 decision versus Brock Binversie (Waldorf), but lost by decision in the next match and dropped to the consolation bracket. From that point on, he dominated the competition. Hable pinned James Gomez (Waldorf) in 1:06 and Matthew Cintron (Briar Cliff) in 1:41. In the consolation semifinals, Hable won by 8-6 decision versus Logan Kellogg (Grand View).
In the third-place match, he won by pin once again, versus Dan Harvey (Briar Cliff).
Complete SDSU wrestler-by-wrestler results are available
below. Complete brackets are available at the beginning of this article.
125 - Chet Utesch pin
Tanner O'Gorman (Wayne State), 2:48
125 - Chet Utesch pin Shawn Miller (Briar Cliff), 3:25
125 - (1) Sean Blumhardt (Jamestown) pin Chet Utesch, 4:57
125 - Chet Utesch decision Evan Amaro (Wichita State), 9-4
125 - Chet Utesch vs. Andrew Clark (Grand View), DQ F;DQ
133 - (2) Eric Orozco decision
Tyler Hatch (Northwestern College), 7-0
133 - Chris Canton (AF Prep) decision (2) Eric Orozco, 6-2
133 - (2) Eric Orozco decision Tyler Emert (Grand View), 5-0
133 - Ray McWueen (Waldorf) decision (2) Eric Orozco, 2-1
141 - (2) Will James decision
Tanner Werner (Grand View), 3-0
141 - (2) Will James decision Kevin Olson (Morningside), 6-3
141 - (2) Will James decision JL Mayo (Northwestern College), 6-0
First-place match - Walker Marshall (Grand View) decision (2) Will James, 8-3
174 - (4) Troy Morisette pin
Logan Henning (Augustana), 3:21
174 - (4) Troy Morisette pin Asaiah Dyer (Midland), 2:03
174 - (4) Troy Morisette decision (1) Tanner Taylor (Augustana), 5-1
First-place match - (4) Troy Morisette decision (3) Drake Fanslau (Augustana), 2-1
184 - Trey Hable decision
Brock Binversie (Waldorf), 11-8
184 - (2) Andrew Anthofer (Morningside) decision Trey Hable, 9-6
184 - Trey Hable pin James Gomez (Waldorf), 1:06
184 - Trey Hable pin Matthew Cintron (Briar Cliff), 1:41
184 - Trey Hable decision Logan Kellogg (Grand View), 8-6
Third-place match - Trey Hable pin Dan Harvey (Briar Cliff), 1:34