Streifel Wins Title In Colorado Springs

July 12, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Four Gopher grapplers headed west to the Rocky Mountains this weekend, competing in the U.S. Collegiate Championships tournament at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. That foursome – Skyler Petry, Carson Brolsma, Will Balow and Rylee Streifel – produced several highlight moments, most notably a heavyweight title for Streifel and a top-10 win for Petry.

Streifel put together the most complete performance among the traveling Gophers, going undefeated Sunday to win the 285-pound championship. He began his day by grinding out a 2-0 victory over Chuck Boddy (Virginia) before opening up the offense for a pair of emphatic victories, first a first-period pin and then a 15-0 tech fall to seal the title. In perhaps the best example of his strength against the field, Streifel did not allow a single point in any of his three matches.

On the other end of the weight-class spectrum, Petry found himself in what was likely the most challenging bracket of all, situated in between NCAA qualifier Barlow McGhee (Missouri) and two-time All-American and tenth-ranked Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa) in his 125-pound bracket. Petry kept pace with McGhee for seven minutes, forcing overtime in their match, but a takedown by the Tiger in sudden victory dropped Petry, 3-1. Showing admirable resolve after that tough defeat, Petry came back and knocked off Peters, 7-5, later in the afternoon. The win is a career best for Petry – Peters’ No. 10 ranking is the highest of any opponent Petry has defeated while at Minnesota.

Brolsma came out firing at 149 pounds, picking up a 16-1 tech fall in his quarterfinal bout. He added a convincing decision, 8-2, in the semifinals to reach the championship match. In the first low-scoring bout of the day for him, Brolsma was unable to get on his offense against Sam Krivus (Virginia) and fell, 3-0, to take second.

A 5-3 loss was a tough start to the day for Balow at 197, and a match with No. 20 Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa) in the next round didn’t make it any less difficult. After losing that match by fall, Balow picked up a win by forfeit and finished his day on a high note, pinning Brayden Hill (Air Force) early in the third period of their match to finish 2-2 and take third.

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2017 US. Collegiate Championships Results

125 – Skyler Petry (1-1, 2nd Place)
Match 1: Barlow McGhee dec (SV-1) Skyler Petry, 3-1
Match 2: Skyler Petry dec No. 10 Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa), 7-5

149 – Carson Brolsma (2-1, 2nd Place)
Quarters: Carson Brolsma tech fall Killian Vendler (Cal Poly), 16-1
Semis: Carson Brolsma dec Conor O’Hara (Air Force), 8-2
Finals: Sam Krivus (Virginia) dec Carson Brolsma, 3-0

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197 – Will Balow (2-2, 3rd Place)
Match 1: Chance McClure (Virginia) dec Will Balow, 5-3
Match 2: No. 20 Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa) fall (1:50) Will Balow
Match 3: Will Balow forfeit Chance Stolz (Arizona State)
Match 4: Will Balow fall (5:24) Brayden Hill (Air Force)

285 – Rylee Streifel (3-0, 1st Place)
Match 1: Rylee Streifel dec Chuck Boddy (Virginia), 2-0
Match 2: Rylee Streifel fall (2:51) Matt Wagner (Air Force)
Match 3: Rylee Streifel tech fall Tyler Love (Virginia), 15-0

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