College wrestling: Michels, Hser Eh Pwae fare well for Minnesota West
SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Minnesota West wrestler Wallace Michels enjoyed a solid outing in the Dave Edmonds Open on Saturday, going 3-2 and placing sixth at 157 pounds.
The Norwood-Young America product won two of his matches after falling behind by big point margins -- 8 points and 11 points. He was pulled off the mat in his final bout due to a minor injury.
"He just kept battling back when a lot of kids would give up when they're down that bad," said his coach, Bryan Cowdin.
Teammate Hser Eh Pwae went 4-2 and placed fourth at 125 pounds. The Worthington High School graduate, who along with his brother Hser Moo Pwae, had been struggling this year after taking last year off, but good fortune shined on Hser Eh on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Hser Moo went 0-2 at 133 pounds. And heavyweight Austin Pulse was 0-2 in his weight class.
Bluejays Michael Preuss and King Blanchette were held out of the tournament while continuing to deal with injuries. Preuss sustained bruised ribs in his previous outing and Blanchette is still recovering from a knee injury.
Overall, Cowdin said all his competing wrestlers put in good performances in Sioux City.
"It was a positive effort altogether," he said.