The Buena Vista wrestling team crowned a pair of champions and had four individuals place in the top-six overall during the annual BVU Open held on Saturday inside of the Lamberti Rec Center.
Sophomore 141-pounder Steve Gutschenritter (Grand Junction, Iowa/Glenwood) was the first Beaver to capture an individual title, picking up a high-scoring and thrilling 17-14 victory in his championship bout over Morningside College’s Kevin Olson. After a first round bye, Gutschenritter recorded an 11-0 major decision and an 11-4 decision before picking up a narrow 11-8 victory in his semifinal match to move his season record to 7-3.
Senior 184-pounder Brian Broll (Chaska, Minn./Waconia) had a memorable day en route to his championship. After picking up a pair of pins and a major decision to make his way into the finals, he came away with a thrilling 3-2 decision over defending NAIA national champion, Jahsua Marsh of Midland Unviersity (Neb.), who won last year’s title at 197 pounds. Broll trailed in the match 1-0 heading into the third period before getting a quick escape to start the period followed by a takedown at the edge of the mat moments later. He’s now 11-1 on the year and 99-22 in his career.
Freshman Cameron Mennenoh (133) (Audubon, Iowa/Audubon) and sophomore Seth Shatto (157) (Estherville, Iowa/ELC) each took home fourth-place finishes. Mennenoh is now 7-5 on the year, while Shatto moves to 10-4.
BVU had 11 different wrestlers win matches overall on the day.
A total of 15 teams took part in the event. No team scores were kept.
Buena Vista is now off until after the New Year when it will take part in the Midland Open at Fremont, Neb., on Saturday, January 5, 2013.
Check out photos of our student-athletes in action in the Beaver sports photo galleries.