SIOUX CITY, Iowa – A small portion of the Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team competed Saturday at the Briar Cliff Open in Sioux City, Iowa. Five wrestlers competed for the Tigers, who are dealing with various injuries and trying to get athletes rested up for the North Qualifying Tournament Feb. 16.
Mito Mendivil picked up three wins at 149 pounds to pace Dakota Wesleyan. He lost his first match of the day by a 4-2 decision, but came back and won his next three matches in the consolation bracket. He pinned his first opponent in 29 seconds and then won a 3-2 decision and a 7-6 decision before losing a 9-3 decision to a Grand View opponent.
Jacob Devine picked up two wins in the championship bracket at 165 pounds before being knocked out. He won an 11-3 major decision to start the day and then won a 5-3 decision before losing by tech fall to Grand View’s Nate Stadeker, the bracket’s top seed. He lost a 20-6 major decision in his first match in the consolation bracket.
Chad McCannon and Ross Hoksbergen both picked up a win for the Tigers at their respective weight classes. McCannon was pinned in 4:35 in his first match of the day at 125 pounds, but came back and won an 8-4 decision in the wrestlebacks before being knocked out with a 7-2 loss. Hoksbergen went 1-3 at 197 pounds and took sixth. He lost to Morningside’s John Sievert – the eventual champion – by tech fall in the first round, but pinned his opponent in 1:58 to start his run through the consolation bracket. He was pinned in 4:23 to be sent to the fifth-place match, where he lost a 6-0 decision.
Brook Woehl also competed for Dakota Wesleyan Saturday. He went 0-2 at 149 pounds.
Dakota Wesleyan is off until Saturday, Feb. 16, when it travels to Fremont, Neb., for the North Qualifying Tournament. The Tigers were scheduled to host Jamestown College in a nonconference dual Wednesday, Feb. 6, but that dual was canceled so both teams could heal and prepare for the qualifying tournament. The qualifying tournament is the only chance wrestlers have to qualify for the NAIA National Championships this year.