Chadron State junior Brock Thumm went 5-0 with two pins and three decisions to win the 141-pound bracket at the Doane College Open in Crete on Saturday. Several other Eagles also did well at the tournament, which drew more than 300 wrestlers.
A junior from Watervliet, Mich., Thumm pinned his first two opponents and decisioned the final three to give him 10 victories in his last 11 matches. One of his victims was Nate Hansen of Simpson College in Iowa, the defending NAIA Division III national champion. Thumm defeated Hansen 9-6 in the semifinals and then beat Kevin Kissane of Pratt Community College in Kansas 13-7 in the finals.
The Eagles’ next highest placer was Jake Otuafi, a sophomore from Sparks, Nev., who transferred to CSC from Boise State this fall. He went 4-1 while finishing third at 157 pounds. Otuafi’s only loss was to Zemua Baptista of the University of Nebraska, the eventual winner at the weight. Baptista was a three-time Nebraska State Tournament champion in high school.
Otuafi then pinned Nebraska-Kearney’s Dakota Hernandez, a former state champion from Lexington, in 64 seconds to place third.
Evan Smith of Gillette, Wyo., went 5-1 while placing fifth at 133 pounds and earned bonus points in four of his five victories. He competed at 133 pounds after filling the 125-pound slot previously. Coach Brett Hunter said Smith plans to return to 125 after Christmas.
Johnny Porter of Bellevue at 165 pounds and Herber Shepard of Spanish Fork, Utah, at 165 placed sixth. Both went 4-2.
Rulon Taylor of Curtis, Neb., continued to do well at heavyweight. He went 4-1 before withdrawing from the competition. Two of his wins were over entries from Grand View College of Iowa, which has won six NAIA national championships since beginning it wrestling program nine years ago.
The Eagles will be idle until entering the Viking-Warrior Tournament at Fremont on Dec. 30. Their results at Doane follow: