Seven national top-10 team finishes
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.—Central College freshman Aaron Anderson (Clarion, Clarion-Goldfield HS) won the 133 pound title in the Bronze Division of the Auggie-Brute-adidas Open wrestling tournament at Augsburg College (Minn.) Saturday.
A large field in the non-scored meet was split into three divisions based largely on experience level. Anderson was 3-0, capturing the crown by technical fall after gaining two wins by major decision.
“Aaron had a terrific day and finished with a great championship match, winning by tech fall,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “He was strong offensively all day.”
Jon Heffner (freshman, Lehigh Acres, Fla., Riverdale HS) placed second at 165 pounds in the Silver Division. He went 3-1 and was outlasted in the title match by a 3-2 decision.
“Jon did a great job getting to the finals,” Van Kley said. “It was hard-fought match and he just came up short.’
Central also had strong showings from Zach May (freshman, Mount Pleasant) and Chris Hallinan (junior, Waukee). May took second in the Bronze Division and finished at 2-1. Hallinan was fourth in the Silver Division at 149 and went 2-2.
“Both Zach and Chris performed well and battled hard today,” Van Kley said.
Sam Apland (sophomore, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) was third in the Silver Division at 174 pounds. Bryan Connolly (junior, Naples, Fla., Gulf Coast HS) was fourth at 133 pounds and Keegan Overbey (junior, Ceres, Calif.) was sixth at 157. Craig Connolly (freshman, Naples, Fla, Gulf Coast HS) was sixth at 149 pounds in the Bronze Division.
Van Kley was pleased with the performance from the underclassmen.
“We wrestled a few younger guys today and I was impressed with their heart and perseverance,” Van Kley said. “They won a lot of close matches and really competed well. It’s another positive step in the right direction.”
Central takes a break for Thanksgiving before returning to action Dec. 1 for the Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wis.) Invitational at Milwaukee, Wis., at 9:30 a.m.