WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 133-pounder Jack Karstetter was the recipient of the pin award at the Roger Denker Open Wrestling Tournament hosted by the University of Central Missouri.
Karstetter, from Sand Springs, finished fifth, going 2-2, but both wins were by fall in a total of 62 seconds.
He pinned Von Gray of Central Oklahoma wrestling unattached in 12 seconds in the first round then took care of Weston Cronan of Ouachita Baptist in 49 seconds in the fifth-place match.
He dropped a 23-6 decision to Isaac Jacquez of Lindenwood, who was wrestling unattached, then claimed an 11-6 decision against Corey Muniz of School of the Ozarks, who was unattached.
Jaron Howard was fourth at 174 and Jacob Mintzmyer and Gus Boyd were fifth at 174 and 197 respectively.
The Norsemen took only 13 wrestlers to the tournament.
“The guys have had a very strenuous last three weeks with practice three times a day, National Duals and the UNK (Nebraska-Kearney) Duals, so we decided to give them a short rest while we focused on the rest of the team,” Norse coach Joe Renfro said. “It will be very beneficial for the entire team down the road.”
Howard was pinned by Lawton Benna of Grandview in the 174 third-place match.
He had a pin in the first round, 1:03 against Joe Brady of UCM unattached, then decisioned Blake Castillo 9-2 in the quarterfinals.
Tyler Selemaea of UCM squeezed out a 3-2 decision over Howard in the semifinals.
Boyd breezed to a 20-5 tech fall over UCM’s Dominique Hampton then was pinned at 1:29 by Nebraska freshman Colton Wolfe, a three-time state champ and four time finalist, wrestling unattached.
Boyd bounced back to roll 16-1 against Derrion Miller of Arkansas Baptist.
He then decisioned teammate Kole Rollins 6-3 for fifth.
Mintzmyer needed just 21 seconds to pin Kody Rhodes of UCM unattached then was pinned by Mizzou’s Taylor Watkins at 1:06.
Mintzmyer logged a 16-1 technical fall against teammate Carlos Diaz then pinned Concordia’s Deandre Chery at 1:37.
Also competing for the Norsemen were Jory Brummett, Skye Paulk, Marqual Graham, Preston Golden, Trevor VanVliet, D.J. Kessler, Ben Elledge and Russell Coats.
“Going to the CMSU Open for us is tough,” Renfro said. “Nebraska, Missouri and not to mention some very competitive D-II schools who were there is a lot to bite off, let alone going in to it shorthanded like we did. However, I thought the group that did go wrestled well considering the elements involved.
“Sure there are few matches that I can’t say were our best, but quite a few guys wrestled well and that’s all were looking for at this time. We’re getting it figured out and fixing as many mistakes as possible before the final stretch.”
The Norsemen host their own open tournament Saturday, Jan. 27. Wrestlers from Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Central Oklahoma are among those expected, Renfro said.