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ISSUE 120 VOL 8 PUBLISHED 11/17/2006

Mat results impress

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, November 17, 2006

A long drive to South Dakota welcomed the St. Olaf wrestling team, who fared well at last Saturday’s Dakota Wesleyan University Open. Thomas Kopietz ‘08 led the Oles, finishing fifth and teammate Lucas Scott, Jr. ‘08 finished closely behind at seventh.

With a total of 14 schools at the meet and many in the NAIA, the Oles held their weight. Head Coach Sean Ahrar was very pleased with the performance of his team.

“We had two wrestlers in the top 10 and I am very pleased with that,” Ahrar said. “The team did exceptionally well this past weekend.”

Competing in the 165-pound weight class of 19 wrestlers, Kopietz finished fifth. In the first round, he received a bye, and defeated Laird Klippenstein of Dakota Weleyan in the second round, 4-3. In the quarterfinals he defeated Adam Klippenstein from Briar Cliff University 6-4. Hoping to earn a spot in the championship match, Kopietz was defeated by Brett Jarman from the University of Sioux Falls in the semi-finals. This put Kopietz in the running for fifth place, and he defeated Ben Caven in the fifth-place match.

Scott took seventh place in the 157-pound weight class among 22 other wrestlers. After being defeated in the first round by Koln Kink from Sioux Falls 7-5, Scott came back after a bye in the second round to consecutively defeat three wrestlers. In the fifth round he was defeated by Ryan Orel from Minnesota West, but overcame Jesse Wood of Northern State University. Scott lost during the consolation quarterfinals.

Nick Espinosa ‘08 (149) and Dan Rysavy ‘10 (133) had two wins each.

“More than half the team won more than half the matches they wrestled at the meet,” Ahrar said. “This is an impressive statistic, and we need to build on last weekend’s results in order to continue to improve.”

The Oles welcome York College of Nebraska this Friday for a first shot on their home mat. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Skoglund gym.

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