Metz Second at UWW Juniors: Bison Wrestling Club With Five Placers


Bison Wrestling Club members show off their hardware after UWW Juniors

NDSU redshirt Brandon Metz added a second place finish in the UWW Junior national tournament Saturday to go with the third place finish from Greco Roman the day before. The three-time North Dakota State Champion won his semifinal Saturday morning 11-8 against Penn State signee Seth Nevills, but Metz fell in the final 18-8 to Iowa State redshirt Gannon Gremmel.  In the final, Metz stormed out to an 8-0 lead in the first minute before Gremmel took compete control, reeling off 18 unanswered points for a technical fall victory.  Many of Gremmel’s attacks went from two to four point maneuvers as Mets attempted to counter and exposed his own back.  Bison 125 Paul Bianchi had a fantastic run to third place in a loaded 57 KG weight bracket.  Bianchi’s lone loss came at the hands of runner-up Malik Heinselman, and he scored an impressive 17-8 win over Pennsylvania 4X state champion and Penn State recruit Gavin Teasdale.  McGwire Midkiff and Jaden Van Maanen also placed for the Bison; Midkiff fifth at 61 KG and Van Maanen sixth at 70 KG.

The Bison also had a placer in the Senior Open division in Brent Fleetwood.  Fleetwood, who joined the Bison last fall as a transfer from Central Michigan, was sixth place at 57 KG.  Fleetwood’s finish qualifies him for the World Team Trials in Rochester, MN May 18-20.

UWW Juniors

57 KG Paul Bianchi- 3rd Place

61 KG McGwire Midkiff- 5th Place

65 KG Jaden Van Maanen- 6th Place

125 KG Brandon Metz- 2nd Place

Senior US Open Brent

57 KG Brent Fleetwood- 6th Place

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