HASTINGS, Neb. — The Ottawa University men’s wrestling team kept sharp by competing Saturday in the Hastings Open in Hastings, Neb. No wrestlers placed in the open, but four wrestlers made their season debut for Ottawa in the competition.
In the 141-pound weight class, Ryan Wahl received a bye into the championship first round before being bested by fall in the championship second round. Wahl’s open performance came to an end in the second round of consolation, when he was bested by technical fall by Joseph Ritzen, of Chadron State College.
Armand Kenepaske (149) lost in the championship first round via fall before receiving a bye in the consolation first round. Kenepaske’s open performance came to an end in the consolation second round, when he he fell in a decision to Ariel Rodriguez, Northeastern Junior College.
Melle Dye (157) made his season debut in the tournament. He was bested in his first round matchup by technical fall but rebounded in the first round of consolation, winning by decision. Dye’s open performance came to an end in the second round of consolation, when he fell to Sebastian Robles, Northeastern Junior College, via decision.
Gabriel McDuffie (157) also made his season debut. He started by winning his first two matches by fall. In the semifinal match, McDuffie fell in a decision to Kameron Frame, Newman University. In the semifinal consolation match, he lost by a fall to Thomas Stevenson, Hastings College. McDuffie earned six team points for the Braves.
Micah Miller (165) also made his season debut for Ottawa and earned a point for Ottawa. He won his first match of the year by decision before suffering an injury, which forced him to pull out of the tournament.
John Redmond (165) also earned a point for OU. He opened the tourney with a win by decision before coming up short in the championship second round via fall. He was bested by Zachary Szostak, Northeastern Junior College, by major decision.
Xavier Schechter (184) earned a bye in the first round then lost both of his matches. Hunter Remigio (184) lost both of his matches. Max Knard (197) fell twice in his season debut.
Lexington Plummer (285) earned 2.5 points for the Braves. After a bye in the championship first round, he earned a close win via sudden victory. In the quarterfinals, Plummer fell by a decision. His open performance came to an end in the fifth round of consolation, where he fell to Jack Sutton, University of Nebraska-Kearney.
The men’s squad competes Friday and Saturday in the Missouri Valley College Invite in Marshall, Mo.