Rathman, O’Brien Take First with 13 Mavericks Placing at Luther Open

Decorah, Iowa. — Minnesota State finished the Luther Open Saturday with two wrestlers claiming the top spot in their brackets, and 13 total Mavericks finishing in top-six positions at the tournament.

Kyle Rathman (Fr., 149 lbs.) (Unattached) improved upon a second place finish last weekend with a first-place finish in the Silver 149 pound bracket in Iowa. Rathman was 4-0 at the Luther Open, advancing to the final by winning his first three matches by fall. Rathman defeated UW-Whitewater’s Wilder Wichman by a narrow 4-3 decision in the championship match.

Kolbe O’Brien (Fr., 133 lbs.) (Unattached) posted an unblemished 4-0 record Saturday on his way to a first-place finish in the Silver 141 pound bracket. O’Brien pinned his first two opponents before defeating Tyler Demo (UW- Eau Claire) 10-9 in the semifinal match. O’Brien went on to win a 15-7 major decision in the first place match over Aaron Baker Jr. of Upper Iowa.

Dylan Herman (Sr., 157 lbs.) saw his first action of the season wrestling in the Elite 157 pound bracket Saturday. Herman rattled off two quick victories at the tournament, winning by a pin in 1:52 and a 9-7 decision in his first two matches. Herman’s only loss at the Luther Open came against Keegan Shaw of Iowa. Herman continued on to take third place in his bracket, winning his final match of the afternoon by fall in 1:15 against Nic Jarvis (Cornell College).

Corey Abernathy (Sr., 184 lbs.) went 3-1 at the tournament in Decorah, Iowa. Abernathy reached the semifinal match in the Elite 184 pound bracket winning his first two matches by technical fall, and major decision. Abernathy dropped a decision victory in the semifinals before defeating Austin Hansen (Luther) by an 11-2 major decision to finish third.

The remaining Maverick wrestlers to place at the Luther Open include Andrew McFall (So., 125 lbs.) fifth, Tanner Mills (Sr., 141 lbs.) sixth, Seth Elwood (Jr. 165 lbs.) (Unattached) eighth, Zach Johnston (So., 165 lbs.) fourth, Justin Schultz (Fr., 149 lbs.) (Unattached) sixth, Neil Clement (Rf., 157 lbs.) sixth, Logan Saltou (So., 157 lbs.) fifth, Etienne Kinney (Rf., 157 lbs.) fourth, and Trevor Turniff (Fr., 165 lbs.) (Unattached) fifth.

Luther College Open Results

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Mavericks wrestling records at the Luther College Open Include:
Corey Abernathy (Sr., I84 lbs.) 3-1
Neil Clement (Rf., 157 lbs.) 3-2
Daniel Close (Jr., 149 lbs.) 1-2
Seth Elwood (Jr.) (Unattached) 3-2
George Farmah (Jr., 133 lbs.) 0-2
Anthony Heng (Rf., 125 lbs.) 1-2
Dylan Herman (Sr., 157 lbs.) 3-1
Zach Johnston (So., 165 lbs.) 2-2
Etienne Kinney (Rf., 157 lbs.) 1-2
Logan Linderbaum (So., 285 lbs.) 2-2
Andrew McFall (So., 125 lbs.) 4-1
Tanner Mills (Sr., 141 lbs.) 4-2
Kolbe O’Brien (Fr., 133 lbs.) (Unattached) 4-0
Chaydon O’Fallon (Sr., 197 lbs.) 2-2
Kyle Rathman (Fr., 141 lbs.) (Unattached) 4-0
Logan Saltou (So., 157 lbs.) 4-1
Louie Sanders (So., 141 lbs.) 2-2
Justin Schultz (Fr., 149 lbs.) (Unattached) 3-2
Trevor Turniff (Fr., 165 lbs.) (Unattached) 3-1
Chris Zimmer (Sr., 285 lbs.) 1-2

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