MITCHELL, S.D. – Seven wrestlers placed and sophomore Trever DeVestern won an individual title for the Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team Saturday afternoon at its annual DWU Open. Five wrestlers finished in the top three and two more recorded top-six finishes.
DeVestern, who set the school record for individual wins and pins in a season as a freshman, went 4-0 at 157 pounds to lead the Tigers. He pinned his first opponent in 1:08, won a 12-2 major decision in the quarterfinals and then won a 9-5 decision in the semis to make it to the title match, where he came up against teammate Jarrick Jensen and won by forfeit.
Dakota Wesleyan claimed the first-, second, third- and fifth-place spots at 157 pounds. DeVestern was first, Jensen second, Dusty Paulsen finished third and Caleb Heiberger took fifth. Jensen went 2-1, Paulsen went 4-1 and Heiberger went 4-2 and won a 9-7 decision in the fifth-place match.
Sophomore Richard Rios and junior Tyler Sarringar both took second at their respective weight classes. Rios went 3-1 at 133 pounds and lost 3-1 in the championship match. He won a 17-5 major decision, pinned his second opponent in 2:44 and won a 3-1 decision to make it to the title match. Sarringar pinned each of his first four opponents to make it to the championship match at 174 pounds before losing a 15-7 major decision. He pinned his opponents in 4:43, 4:28, 3:15 and 2:39.
Kyle Gerlach also placed for DWU Saturday. Kyle Hoisington went 3-2 at 184 pounds, Dominic Smothers went 2-2 at 165 pounds and Shea Klooster (2-2) and Ross Hoksbergen (1-2) each picked up a win for the Tigers at 197 pounds. Also competing for DWU were Brook Woehl and David Dougherty at 149 pounds; Jacob Devine at165 pounds and Jade Hoisington at 197 pounds.
DWU is back in action Thursday, Nov. 15, when it hosts St. Olaf College at 7 p.m. in the Christen Family Recreation/Wellness Center on the DWU campus.