DICKINSON, N.D. – Four members of the Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team finished in third and six others recorded top-six finishes Saturday at the Tyler Plummer Classic hosted by Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D.
Kyle Gerlach went 5-1 and Karl Bell, Tyler Sarringar and Nick Hutcheson went 4-1 and took third at their respective weight classes to pace the Tigers. Bell lost his first match of the day by a 5-2 decision at 141 pounds, but came back to win the next four, including a 3-1 decision over Dickinson’s Elias Armendariz in the third-place match. He also won by injury default and then won a 4-3 decision and a 1-0 decision in the consolation semifinals to get to the third-place match.
Gerlach won an 11-1 decision over Jamestown’s Jacob Paul to start the day at 157 pounds, but lost a 5-3 decision to Montana State-Northern’s Tommy Cooper in the championship quarterfinals. He pinned his next opponent in seven seconds, won a 9-3 decision and pinned Dickinson’s Sean Elkins in 4:39 in the consolation semifinals to make it to the third-place match, where he came up against Cooper once again. This time, it was Gerlach who came out on top with a 5-3 decision to take third.
Hutcheson (165) won a 6-4 decision and pinned the University of Great Falls’ William Goforth in 3:38 to make it to the championship semifinals where he was pinned in 2:02. He won a 3-2 decision in the consolation semifinals and beat teammate Jarrick Jensen by forfeit in the third-place match.
Sarringar lost by an 8-7 decision to Montana-Northern’s Jared Miller in his first match of the day, but went 4-0 in the consolation bracket to take third. He pinned Great Falls’ Dylan Berget in 6:22 in his first match, won an 11-2 major decision and pinned another Great Falls opponent in 3:39 in the consolation semifinals. In the third-place match, Sarringar won a 13-5 major decision over Minnesota State-Moorhead’s Connor Monk to finish in third.
Other top-six finishers for Dakota Wesleyan included Jensen, who took fourth at 165 pounds; Caleb Heiberger and Kyle Hoisington took fifth and Dusty Paulsen, Jade Hoisington and Eric Gruis took sixth at their respective weight classes. Jensen picked up a pair of decisions to start the day at 165 pounds before losing by pin the semifinals. He won a 9-3 decision in the consolation semifinals and gave up a forfeit to Hutcheson in the third-place match.
Heiberger was pinned in his first match of the day at 157 pounds, but won a 7-5 decision and a 6-5 decision to make it to the consolation semifinals, where he lost a 16-8 major decision. He bounced back with a 4-3 win in overtime in the fifth-place match. Kyle Hoisington won a pair of decisions to start his day at 184 pounds, but lost by pin in the semifinals. He was pinned again in the consolation semifinals, but came back with a 2-1 decision in the fifth-place match.
Paulsen (149) and Jade Hoisington (197) both went 2-3 for the Tigers and Gruis went 1-3 at heavyweight. All three took sixth. Brook Woehl (149), Ryan Roach (165) and Ben Hatcher (197) all picked up at least one win for Dakota Wesleyan, and Mito Mendivil (157) and Shea Klooster (184) also competed.
The Tigers are back at home Tuesday, Jan. 22, when they host Briar Cliff University in a Great Plains Athletic Conference dual meet at 7 p.m. at the Christen Family Recreation/Wellness Center on the DWU campus. The theme for the dual is toga party, and everyone is encouraged to dress accordingly to support the Tiger wrestlers.