Duhawks out of the gate quickly at Loras Open, Luther Open
Tue, Nov. 19, 2013 - [Wrestling]

Loras Open & Luther Open RESULTS


The nationally ranked Loras College wrestling team is off and running on their 2013-14 schedule with a pair of large, open events now in the books. The Duhawks opened the season – as they usually do – by hosting the Loras Open to start November. They followed with a full Saturday in Decorah at Luther College. 


Loras GOLD:


The Duhawks saw successful runs from Rudy Johnson (133#), Nick Steger (141#), and Steven DeWitt (157#). Johnson won a decision, a pin, and a major decision on his way to the semifinals. Steger won three matches on his way to runner-up at 141-pounds. He defeated wrestlers from Dubuque, Wisconsin, and Coe on his way to the title match. DeWitt won by technical fall and decision on his way to his fourth place finish. He lost to eventual bracket winner Zac Brunson of Illinois.


Luther ELITE:


Loras returned to the mats a week later in Decorah. Joe Butler won four matches, including a first period pin to start his day. He won three times in wrestle-backs, including two decisions to reach the fourth place match. The Norse elected to separate competitors by putting the freshman in their own brackets. Rudy Johnson lost his first bout of the day before winning five times in the wrestle-backs to finish in third place. Every wrestle-back win was a closely contested match until his day came to a close with a leap to third via an injury over Phillip Opelt of Cornell.


"At our event, I was happy to see some wins add up at a number of weight classes," head coach Randy Steward said after the event. "It is good to see kids like Mitchell Johnson and Colin Griffin being competitive. Nick Steger also added a nice early season win over a returning regional champion."


Steward continues to emphasize the grind of November and December and the importance of getting matches in.


"That is the goal for the open tournaments at this point – getting mat time," Steward reinforced. "We saw some of our younger kids getting to the point they are competitive."


"Now I am looking for, like I've said so much in the early part of the season, consistency. I want consistency each and every week."


The Duhawks are at the Concordia (Wisconsin) Open this weekend. Their next home event is the "Flash" Flanagan Open on January 11.