By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen
MINNEAPOLIS — Could South Dakota State knock off another perennial Division I contender, this time on the road?
It wasn’t to be for former Bolles alum Chris Bono and his 20th-ranked Jackrabbits, as No. 16 Minnesota defended its home mat behind its upper weight strength, edging the Jacks 18-17 late Saturday night.
SDSU (1-1 in duals) won five of the dual’s first six matches with majors from #7 Seth Gross (133) and Alex Kocer (149), plus an upset win for Colin Holler (157) over the Golden Gophers’ No. 18 Jake Short. But the Gophers rallied behind three ranked wrestlers among their bigs to pull out the dual win.
Also on Saturday, the Jacks had two wrestlers at the Finn Grinaker Open in Moorhead, MN, with Josh Portillo (125) taking fifth place with a 4-2 day.
Meanwhile, Newberry — ranked 14th in Division II’s Super Region 2 under former Clay alum Cy Wainwright — had a 4-0 weekend on Saturday at the Campbellsville Duals in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
The blowouts came early and late, with the Wolves hammering Bellarmine, 43-6, and Truett McConnell, 52-0 to start the event.
In the third dual of the day, Newberry took down the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked team, Indiana Tech, by a 19-16 count. The Wolves completed the day with a 38-3 rout over Brewton-Parker.
Here’s a look at how Northeast-area wrestlers fared in Sunday’s events:
Josh Fox (University Christian ’12, Ohio State): Put together wins on both sides of the bracket at the Michigan State Open in East Lansing, competing at 285 pounds. Fox downed unattached wrestler Kevin Koenig, 2-0, but then fell to the eventual bracket champion, Northern Illinois’ Caleb Gossett, by an 8-2 decision in the second round. Fox then teched Henry Ford College’s Jeffrey Henderson, 17-0, in the third round of consis, but then fell in the fourth round to Notre Dame, OH’s Vos Morrow, 7-4.
Dylan Rossetti (Middleburg ’16, St Andrews University): Went 0-2 in a very tough Wolfpack Open, hosted by North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, while competing at 133. Rossetti fell on the front side of the bracket to Old Dominion’s Sam Ring, 7-2, and then on the back took a 13-1 loss by major to American University’s James Giaccia. Rossetti had a better go of it midweek against Coker College, winning by fall over the Cobras’ Dylan Barrett in 3:35 to provide SAU with six of its nine dual team points in a 34-9 loss.
Josh Calhoun (Bolles ’15, Edinboro University): Went 0-2 in his first intercollegiate action, since rehabbing from injury, at the Michigan State Open while competing at 141. Calhoun lost by technical fall to Central Michigan’s Reiley Brown, 16-0, and had a closer match in the first round of wrestlebacks, dropping a 6-0 decision to another Central Michigan wrestler, Mitch Hmyak.