Duhawks place three wrestlers in top eight at Concordia
Mon, Nov. 21, 2011 - [Wrestling]

The Loras wrestling team participated in the Concordia Open this past weekend where the team had a chance to test out their talent against rival talent in Mequon, Wisconsin.

Three Duhawk wrestlers, Pat Pfantz, Mitch Gansen, and Matt Holmes placed in three different weight classes during the finals in the competition.


Concordia Open RESULTS


The senior, Pfantz, came into the 125-weight class ranked seventh defeated his first round competition in a pin fall at the 6:19 minute, and followed it up with a 6-3 decision against tenth ranked Josh Boyer from Wabash to enter him into the quarterfinals.


He would lose to the second ranked wrestler from Wartburg College, Gilberto Camacho, in a 11-3 major decision, but continued his dominance in the wrestleback winning three all by decisions of 11-4, 10-5, and 5-1 to give him a fifth place finish in the tournament. 


In the 133-weight class junior Matt Holmes, ranked third, won his way to the semi-finals pinning his first opponent at the 1:02 minute mark, followed with a major decision of 13-1, and dominated the number six ranked opponent, Marcus Lubner from Concordia College, before losing to the number two ranked wrestler Joe Mileski by a 5-4 decision.


Holmes was placed in the wrestleback where he was able to beat the number four ranked wrestler, Dalton Bullard from Elmhurst College, in a 8-5 decision, but fell to firth ranked, Adam Joseph, in a 6-5 decision to come up short of third place and give him a fourth place finish.


Number four ranked Mitch Gansen placed sixth in the 165-weight class starting his day out with two victories one in a 10-1 major decision, followed with a pin fall at the 4:09 minute mark before losing in a 7-2 decision to place him in the wrestleback.


The senior won his first two matches by decisions of 9-4 and 13-10 to put him in the battle for fifth place honors, but was beaten for the second time on the day by UW-Stevens Point wrestler Bill Langford.


Other highlights for the Duhawks included sophomore Drew Salzman who found success in the wrestleback for the 141-weight class where he defeated four opponents, two on pins at the 4:55 and 1:31 minute marks and the other two by major decision of 12-2 and decision of 5-2 before losing to the number one ranked wrestler from Charles Tims, in a 7-4 decision.


The Duhawks return to duals after the Thanksgiving break in the UW-LaCrosse Candlewood Suite Duals where they will face the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Wisconsin-Eau Clare, and Saint John's University.