The first session of the 2011 NAIA wrestling national champions didn't go well for the Montana State University-Northern wrestling team. The Lights advanced just four of 10 wrestlers into the winner's bracket for session two, and scored just 13 total points this monring in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.The 8th-ranked Lights are currently tied for 10th place.
Northern got wins from top seeded Anthony weerheim and Evan Hinebauch, as well as senior tay Todd and freshman Cameron Neiss. Brandon Leliefeld also won a pigtail match this morning, but surprise losses included Jared Miller, Max Payne and heavyweight Rudy Schaffroth. Both Payne and Schaffroth were nationally-ranked coming into today's opening round.
The NAIA tournament is ongoing tonight. See www.havredailynews.com for more updates, as well as Friday's Havre Daily News.
133 - Cameron Neiss pinned Joshua Chappa, (CLAND), 6:50; 141 - Brandon Leliefeld dec. H. Muscartt (OCU, 3-1; lost dec. Jesse Miller, (SHOR), 4-2; 149 - Anthony Weerheim dec. Brandon Tuerich, (JAME), 7-4; 157 - Tay Todd maj. dec. Brad Cuestis, (HC), 11-2; 157 - Cody Miller lost dec. Samuel Brown (JAME), 6-2; 165 - Jared Miller pinned by Tyler Sarringer (DWU), 1:21; 174 - Max Payne lost dec. John Vogt (MKE), 9-7; 184 - Evan Hinebauch pinned Scott Stewart (CLAND), 2:35; 197 - Kody Reed lost dec. Raymond Mosely (JAME), 12-7; HWT - Rudy Schaffroth lost maj. dec. Josh Geppert (DWU), 15-5.