Five Huskers Win Titles at Hastings Cusatis Open
Hastings, Neb. – 10 of the 12 Huskers who competed at the Hastings Cusatis Open on Saturday, Jan. 5 finished in the top four of their weight class. Five Huskers, Jevon Parrish (133), Zemua Baptista (149), Peyton Robb (157), Anthony Gaona (197) and Patrick Grayson (HWT) took first place in their respective brackets, combining to go 21-0 on the day.
Jevon Parrish won all three of his matches by bonus points on the way to his first open tournament title of the year, earning wins by tech. fall, pin and major decision. Zemua Baptista took the 149-pound title and became the first Husker to reach 20 wins this season (20-8 overall record). The Friend, Neb., native won three matches by decision and won the championship in a 17-6 major decision.
Peyton Robb (157) continued his freshman year dominance by winning his third straight open tournament title (also won Doane Open and UNK Holiday Inn Open). He won three of his five matches by tech. fall and won his semifinal match with a pin. He’s now 22-3 on the year.
Johnny Blankenship and Dalton Peters combined to go 8-2 in the 165-pound bracket on their way to second and third place finishes, respectively. Blankenship is now 15-3 on the season and has finished in the top three of all four tournaments he’s competed in. Coming off a first place finish at the Doane Open, Peters has now won ten of his last 11 matches.
Colton Wolfe (184) won three out of his five matches on the way to a fourth-place finish. Anthony Gaona (197), a freshman from Olathe, Kan., won the first open tournament of his Huskers career after going 4-0 with four victories by decision.
NU had three wrestlers compete in heavyweight competition. Juniors Patrick Grayson and Christian Lance and freshman Austin Emerson all advanced to the semifinals. Grayson and Lance met in the semifinals, with Grayson eventually earning a 3-1 decision. Emerson, a freshman from Temperance, Mich., advanced to the championship before injury defaulting against Grayson.
Jordan Kelber (133) and Cade Svoboda (197) did not place in the event and won one match apiece.
#11 Nebraska continues its season this weekend as they host the #18 Northern Iowa Panthers in the Tumble N’ Rumble, a dual that takes place in conjunction with the women’s gymnastics team’s meet against Washington. Tickets can be purchased at Huskers.com/tickets or by phone at 800-8-BIGRED
Hastings Cusatis Open – Jan. 5, 2019
Hastings, Neb. - Lynn Farrell Arena
133: Jevon Parrish (Unattached) – 1st (3-0)
133: Jordan Kelber (Unattached) – DNP (1-2)
149: Zemua Baptista – 1st (4-0)
157: Peyton Robb (Unattached) – 1st (5-0)
165: Johnny Blankenship – 2nd (3-1)
165: Dalton Peters – 3rd (5-1)
184: Colton Wolfe (Unattached) – 4th (3-2)
197: Anthony Gaona (Unattached) – 1st (4-0)
197: Cade Svoboda – DNP (1-2)
HWT: Austin Emerson (Unattached) – 2nd (4-1)
HWT: Patrick Grayson – 1st (5-0)
HWT: Christian Lance (Unattached) – 3rd (5-1)