Dakota Wesleyan hosts DWU Open

The Tigers won a pair of wrestling matches at the DWU Open on Saturday.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Zachary Zitek flips Wayne State's Mohamed Siidow during a 141-pound match on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in the Corrigan Fieldhouse at the DWU/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex. (Branden Hull / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University hosted the DWU Open Saturday morning in the Corrigan Fieldhouse at the DWU/Avera Sports and Wellness Complex.

Zachary Zitek picked up the first win of the tournament for Dakota Wesleyan. After picking up a round one bye, Zitek took down Wayne State’s Mohamed Siidow by fall in 4 minutes and 59 seconds in the 141-pound division. In the quarterfinal match, he fell to Briar Cliff’s Ethan Krey by a 10-2 decision. Zikek also fell to Augustana’s Gage Long by a 6-1 decision.

Thomas Klemesrud picked up a win by fall in 4 minutes and 57 seconds in the 149-pound division over Jamestown’s Jayden Schlarmann in round one. In round two, Klemesrud lost to Augustana’s Keaten Schorr by a fall in 1 minute and 50 seconds. He also fell to Hasting’s Dylan Crawford in his last match of the day in 2 minutes and 22 seconds.

Payton Planansky was beaten by fall in 2 minutes and 14 seconds to University of Nebraska’s Jacari Deal in the 184-pound division. Planansky also faced Nebraska-Kearney’s Jackson Kinsella and lost by decision 12-2.

Cole Halouska, who received a bye in round one, lost to Cade Mueller of Augustana by decision 12-4 in round one of the 174-pound division. He also fell by decision to St. Cloud State’s Mac Copeland 7-5.


Kyle Mullaney received a bye in round one of the 285-pound division, but fell in round two to Southwest Minnesota State’s Jacob Dykes in 4 minutes and 32 seconds. He also fell to Fort Hays State’s Anthony Caldwell in a back-and-forth match lasting 6 minutes and 14 seconds.

The Tigers face Northwestern in a dual meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Christen Athletic Center in Mitchell.

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