Five Huskers Win Titles at Doane Open
Crete, Neb. - Nebraska was dominant at the Doane Open on Saturday, as five Huskers picked up individual titles at the tournament contested at Fuhrer Field House in Crete, Neb.
Mitchell Maginnis (125), Zak Hensley (133), Zemua Baptista (157), Johnny Blankenship (165) and Beau Breske (174) each went undefeated in their respective brackets to pick up tournament titles. Two other Huskers placed at the event, as Patrick Grayson and Wyatt Wriedt placed third and fourth, respectively, at heavyweight.
Maginnis picked up his second open tournament title of the season, as the senior went 5-0 with a pair of major decisions. The Grand Island, Neb., native defeated Anthony Pisciotta of Maryville by a 9-5 decision in the final. Maginnis also won the 125-pound bracket at the UNK Holiday Inn Open in November.
Hensley, an NJCAA All-American a season ago at Iowa Central, won his first open tournament title as a Husker as he went 5-0 with a major decision and a pin. He won by a 5-2 decision over Muuji Bat-Erdene of Northwest Kansas in the final.
After finishing third and second at previous open tournaments this season, Baptista won his first title of the season as he went 5-0, with five wins by decisions. He defeated Kade Sander of Barton CC in the final by an 8-6 decision.
Blankenship rolled through his bracket with three technical falls, including a 17-0 win over Chucky Hedrick of Concordia in the final.
After seeing his first action of the season at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational last weekend, Breske won his first tournament title as he defeated Deandre Chery of Concordia by a 14-1 major decision in the final.
Nebraska will return to action on Friday to host No. 6 NC State at 7 p.m., before welcoming North Carolina to the Devaney Center on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets for both duals are available now at Huskers.com/Tickets or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED. The NC State dual is the annual Pepsi Pack the House night, with $1 admission and $1 Pepsi products, as well as free hot dogs for the first 250 fans. It will be televised nationally on Big Ten Network and streamed live on BTN2Go.com.
Dec. 9, 2017
Crete, Neb. - Fuhrer Field House
125: Mitchell Maginnis: 1st (5-0)
133: Zak Hensley (Unattached): 1st (5-0)
141: Andrew Nielsen (Unattached): DNP (4-2)
157: Zemua Baptista: 1st (5-0)
165: Johnny Blankenship: 1st (5-0)
174: Beau Breske: 1st (4-0)
HWT: Patrick Grayson: 3rd (5-1)
HWT: Wyatt Wriedt (Unattached): 4th (8-2)