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Waldorf’s Pinedo, Deere claim third in Kaye Young Open

By Matt Oliver

MASON CITY – Jacob Pinedo and Joel Deere each claimed third place to lead the Waldorf College men’s wrestling team in Sunday’s Kaye Young Open.

Pinedo (285 pounds) was dominant, securing falls in three of his four victories. The sophomore from Beaumont, Calif. made quick work in the opening round, pinning Iowa Lakes Community College’s Jovan Ignacio in 1 minute, 35 seconds.

Pinedo (4-1) continued strong in the quarterfinals as he handled Iowa Lakes’ Martin Granados in a 15-4 major decision. Iowa State University’s Quean Smith won by fall over Pinedo in 1:13 during a semifinal match. Pinedo won by forfeit in the consolation semifinals and locked up third as he pinned Iowa Lakes’ Alex Hermes in 3:30.

Deere (197) made his debut for the Warriors and the junior from Bettendorf won two of his three bouts. Iowa Lakes’ Christian Dulaney topped Deere (2-1) behind a 20-8 major decision in the quarterfinals. After receiving a consolation-round bye, Deere earned a 4-2 decision over North Iowa Area Community College’s Ivan Herrera and then won by fall over Upper Iowa University’s Triston Westerlund in 2:19 to secure third.

Waldorf sophomore Austin Roys (165) took fourth in the tournament while senior Dario Gamino (157) and junior Nathan Guillermo (165) each finished sixth.

NIACC’s Jakubb Fahrenkrug brought down Roys (1-2) in a quarterfinal match with a 15-1 major decision. Roys earned consolation-round bye and scored a 17-2 technical fall over Guillermo (0-3) to advance to a third-place rematch with Fahrenkrug, who prevailed once again with a fall in 1:30.

Ellsworth Community College’s Jakada Hull notched a 14-1 major decision over Gamino (0-3) in the quarterfinals. Following a consolation-round bye, Gamino lost by fall to Upper Iowa’s Cody Nelson in 2:55. NIACC’s Seth Niichel held off Gamino in the fifth-place match behind a 9-4 decision.

Guillermo received a bye in the quarterfinals and was pinned by Upper Iowa’s Douglas Perrin in 52 seconds during the semifinals. After dropping a 17-2 technical fall to Roys, Guillermo ended the day losing by fall to Iowa Lakes’ Cody Ritner in 1:18.

Freshman Akram Reshad (184) also competed for the Warriors. Reshad (0-2) was pinned by Iowa Lakes’ Kieran Maakestad in 1:15 and also lost by fall to Upper Iowa’s Brock Sorenson in 1:27.

Waldorf faces NCAA Division II opponents Upper Iowa and Truman State University in a pair of dual meets on Thursday at Fayette, beginning at 5 p.m.