ST. CHARLES, Missouri -- Freshmen Nelson Brands and Tony Cassioppi won tournament titles for the second time in as many weeks, and Vince Turk grabbed a championship in his 2018-19 debut to lead the Hawkeyes at the Lindenwood Open on Saturday.
Cassioppi won by major decision in his opening bout and finished his run through the 285-pound bracket with three consecutive falls. Brands was 4-0 win a technical fall in the 165-pound bracket, and Turk went 4-0 with a major decision in the 141-pound bracket. All three wrestlers were competing in the Gold Division.
Redshirt freshman Zach Axmear won his first collegiate tournament in impressive fashion. Axmear pinned four opponents and added a technical fall to win the 149-pound title in the Black Division.
Paul Glynn, Jeren Glosser, and Carter Happel also placed in their season debuts. Glosser picked up a pair of falls to reach the 157-pound finals, where he dropped a 6-5 decision in the championship match. Happel won three matches by major decision to place fourth at 141. Glynn split four matches to place fifth at 133.