Three Wrestlers Place at Concordia University Open

Nov 23, 2014

2014 Concordia Univ. Wrestling Open (Final Brackets)

MEQUON, Wis. - The University of Dubuque wrestling team competed in the challenging 2014 Concordia University Open Wrestling Tournament on Saturday. The Spartans captured three place finishers as several of the top Division III collegiate wrestlers across the Midwest gathered at the R. John Buuck Field House Saturday for the Concordia University Wisconsin Open.

Freshman Joey Cisneros was the highest place finisher for the Spartans with a fourth place in the 125 lbs. weight class with 27 wrestlers competing. Cisneros won the first match over Dayton Olson (Loras College) 10-8, edged out a 3-2 victory over Jake Agnitsch (Wartburg), before losing to Purdue's Ben Thorton in a tie break 5-4. He beat Robert Boesch (Wartburg) in the consolation bracket 8-3 before losing to Agnitsch 7-6 in the match for third place.

Brian Travis, #9-ranked National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) poll (Poll #2, 141 lbs., Nov. 18, 2014), captured a fifth place finish in the 149 lbs. class. with 31 competitors. Travis opened with a fall in 6:27 over Michael McNulty (University of Chicago), won by a 5-4 decision over Nick Bova (Wabash), 3-2 decision over Mike Falcon (Loras College) before losing in the semi-finals 3-2 to the evential placewinner Kenneth Martin (Wartburg College). In the consolation bracket, Travis lost to Isaiah Vela (UW-Whitewater) by a 5-3 score, but won the 5th/6th place match by a medical forfeit over Evan Weaver (Loras College).

Senior Dan Howell placed sixth in the 285 lbs. weight class with 23 competitors. Howell opened with back-to-back falls, first match he won by a fall in 4:00 over David Gremling (University of Chicago) and won the second match in 3:00 over Aaron Davis (unattached). In the semi-finals Howell lost a competitive battle to #6-ranked NWCA Benjamin Nagle (Wartburg) 3-1. In the consolation bracket, Howell suffered an injury at :22 seconds of match vs. Jack Seaman (Augustana College) and forfeited down to sixth place.