The University of Mary had three wrestlers place in the elite division of the University of Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open Saturday. Nate Humann, Hunter Eckert, and Dom Tudor (wrestling unattached), all placed in the top six of their respective weight brackets.
At 125, Humann was defeated in the first round by Jace Koelzer of Northern Colorado before winning three in a row and falling to Koelzer a second time in the consolation semifinals 8-4. He then defeated New Mexico Highlands’s Adrian George 8-4 in the fifth place match.
Eckert advanced all the way to the semifinal round at 141 before losing to Kearney’s Jonathan Killingsworth 13-3. In the quarters, Eckert scored an escape in the final seconds of the match and upended #5 ranked Dylan Udero of Adams state 3-2. Eckert was forced to medical forfeit to sixth place after his semifinal loss.
Tudor continued his impressive redshirt season with a third place finish at 285. The Peoria, IL product went 5-1 on the day, with his lone loss coming 6-2 to Nebraska’s Austin Emerson.
A few Marauder freshmen flexed their muscles in the amateur division of the tournament while wrestling unattached as well. Pierre, SD, standout Lincoln Turmann won four matches in a row, including a 7-5 sudden victory semifinal over Brayden Balderrama of Pratt Community College. Turman lost by fall in the finals to Graham Shore of Air Force Prep.
Two Marauders placed in the 149 pound bracket, with Braydon Huber bringing home the title wrestling unattached and Max Bruss taking third. Huber remains undefeated on the season, adding a Kearney amateur title to the Jamestown Open championship he won two weeks ago. Huber defeated Logan Pine of New Mexico Highlands 6-3 in the final. Bruss’s lone loss of the day came 6-3 to Pine. The Wisconsin product was 5-1 on the day.
Along with Eckert, freshman 157 Isaac Berger was also forced to injury default after sustaining an injury in his second match of the day. Berger and Eckert are considered week to week.
Minnesota State University-Moorhead’s Mason Schulz finished third in the amateur division at 141 pounds.