Western State Mountaineers place six at UNK Holiday Inn Open20 Nov 2017
| Garrett Finke - Sports Information Director - Kearney, Neb
Saturday was a good day for Western State Colorado University wrestling at the University of Nebraska – Kearney Holiday Inn Open. The Mountaineers won 39 matches and six earned top-six finishes.
Western's Konnor Schmidt, ranked eighth at 184 pounds, wrestled at 197 pounds on Saturday. The extra weight didn't bother Schmidt as he was the top placer for the Mountaineers, finishing second in the elite division.
After receiving a first round bye, Schmidt earned a second round fall against University of Minnesota State Moorhead's Preston Lehmann in the quarterfinals.
Schmidt's fall was one of 15 the Mountaineer grapplers recorded on Saturday.
Schmidt would then defeat Morningside's Logan Moore by a 13-6 decision to move into the finals against the University of Wyoming's Cale Davidson. Schmidt battled his Division I opponent in the finals but fell to Davidson by a 4-2 decision.
After opening his collegiate career with a fall in his first match against Colorado Mesa University on Nov. 8, Western 133-pounder, Jody Sandoval earned falls in his second, third and fourth collegiate matches on Saturday.
Sandoval earned two first period pins before earning a second period fall in the quarterfinals to book a spot in the amateur 133-pound semifinals. Moorhead's Seth Hutchison defeated Sandoval by decision in the semifinals, but Sandoval would win the following two matches to place third at the UNK Holiday Inn Open.
Also finishing third on Saturday was Brandon Supernaw at 174 pounds. Supernaw, ranked seventh in Division II, earned a fall in his first match of the day and followed with a 14-1 decision in his second round bout.
Supernaw then defeated CMU's Bruno Nicoletti by 4-1 decision to make the semifinals. A loss in the semifinals moved Supernaw into the consolation bracket, but a 5-3 decision over UNK's Zach Stodden put Supernaw into the third place match where he won by rule over Moorhead's Adam Blees.
Tim Edmonson, in the elite 141-pound division, and Ryan Pellow, in the elite 165-pound division each wrestled from the consolation side of their brackets to take fifth place.
Also wrestling in the 197-pound elite division was Ben Price. Price was just one win away from making it an all-Western final, joining Schmidt in the championship match. However, after losing to Davidson in the semifinals, Price ended the tournament in sixth place.
Western will continue the season on Dec. 1 when they host Chadron State College in Paul Wright Gym.