KEARNEY, Neb. | Briar Cliff, Morningside and Northwestern wrestling teams were in Kearney, Nebraska Saturday for the UNK Holiday Inn Open Saturday as Mustang Logan Moore was the only wrestler to place in the elite division.
Moore took fifth in the elite 197-pound bracket. He posted a 9-2 win over Colorado School of Mines' Brandon Saunders in the quarterfinals before falling 13-6 to Western State Colorado's Konnor Schmidt in the semis. Moore would then drop a 15-4 major decision before rebounding with a 6-5 win in the second tiebreaker over Western State Colorado's Ben Price in the fifth-place match.
Briar Cliff's Chris Paulsen advanced to his first collegiate tournament final and finished second in the 165 amateur division for the Chargers.
Paulsen began his day with a pin in 1:38 over Austin Many of Colby Community College. Paulsen followed that up with a 7-0 decision over Michael Thelen of Western State and a medical forfeit by Richard Govea helped Paulsen continue to advance through his bracket. Paulsen then faced Martin Verhaeghe in the semifinals with Paulsen posting a 16-11 decision. He then fell to Hayden Hastings of Wyoming by pin in 3:28.
Ben Peters finished fifth at at 149 for the Chargers. He dropped his first bout of the day 10-2 to Noah Ottum of Colorado School of Mines before going 6-2 including four pins and a tech fall.
Northwestern's Jacob Hergott had a technical fall followed by four pins to reach the third-place match at 133 before finishing fourth. D'rell Gist also took fourth for the Red Raiders picking up five wins on the day at 184.
AUGGIE INVITE: Former Spirit Lake prep John Tuttle finished third for Buena Vaista in the 149-pound silver division at the Auggie Invite Saturday.
Tuttle began his day with a 5-3 win over Rochester Community's Tyrik Sann and followed that up with a 5-1 win over Lacrosse's Cal Hansen. He would drop a 5-2 decision to Augsburg's Jeramie Bartels in the semifinals, but finished third with a 4-2 sudden victory decision over Lacrosse's Spencer Hutchinson.
Brad Kerkhoff took sixth in the 157 gold division for the Beavers and Schuyler Spurrier was sixth int eh 133 silver division.