Michael Andreano

Andreano

MITCHELL, S.D. | Michael Andreano enjoys wrestling at the Dakota Wesleyan Open.

Andreano, for the second straight year, took first place at the event, capturing the 133-pound title while leading Briar Cliff’s grapplers Saturday.

Andreano, following a first-round bye, pinned Minnesota West’s Hser Moo in 53 seconds. Andreano pinned the University of Mary’s Tate Barnhardt in 6:42, then reached the finals by decisioning St. Cloud State’s Jordan Aquino, 6-4.

Andreano’s 10-5 win over St. Cloud State’s Garrett Vos in the finals marked his second straight championship at DWU. A returning NAIA national qualifier, Andreano has four career tournament victories for the Chargers.

Nathan Garcia took fifth for the Chargers at 174 pounds.

Freshman heavyweight Phillip Rasmussen placed fourth to lead a pack of seven Morningside wrestlers who placed at DWU.

Rasmussen, a Wisconsin heavyweight champion last year for Luxemburg-Casco High School, went 5-1 in his first collegiate tournament. Morningside also received fifth-place finishes from Keegan Hessler (125) and Keagan Putnam (157) while sixths came from Devin Phaly (125), Steven Garcia (157) and Derik Bailey (184).

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