Rochester, MN - Led by a trio of runner-up finishes the RCTC Yellowjacket wrestling team got its season underway in impressive fashion at the Yellowjacket Open. In a field featuring some of the top wrestling programs in the midwest from NJCAA to NCAAA II schools the Yellowjackets fared extremely well.
Alfred Daniel, Mason Hawkins, and Luis Pinto all turned in runner-up performances, while Auston Hall, Enkhbold Sukhbaatar, and Alex LaPierre all turned in 3rd place finishes in the meet. Daniel's championship bout ended in a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to NCAA Division II wrestler Tucker Black from Upper Iowa University. Hawkins and Pinto also fell to wrestlers from Upper Iowa, Hawkins by a 6-3 score in his bout, while Pinto dropped his match by Fall.
Auston Hall rebounded from his semi-final defeat winning the third place match by a 4-1 score. Sukhbaatar defeated a wrestler from UW-EauClaire in convincing fashion in his third place match, winning by fall...LaPierre closed out his day by winning his third place match as well. LaPierre's only loss of the day came in the semi-fainals to teammate Alfred Daniel, who went on to finish second.
The Yellowjackets are back in action wrestling at the Luther Open, this Saturday (Novemebr 11th) in Decorah, IA.