Cornell’s Martin & Ortmann place third at Luther Open

By Kerry Kahl, Cornell Sports Information

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DECORAH – Cornell had six wrestlers place in the Elite Division at a competitive Luther Open Saturday that featured teams at all NCAA levels.

The Rams were led by a pair of seniors in 141-pounder Josh Martin (SR/Lombard, Ill.) and heavyweight Tyler Ortmann (SR/Forsyth, Ill.), who both finished third in their respective brackets.

Martin won his first three matches before dropping a tight 5-3 semifinal decision to University of Iowa's top-seeded Carter Happel. Martin came back to beat Iowa's Aaron Meyer, 7-2, in the third-place bout. Martin finished his day 4-1 with three decisions and a pin.

Ortmann battled top-seeded Aaron Costello of Iowa in a 5-2 semifinal loss. Like Martin, Ortmann bounced back to take third with a 1-0 decision over Wartburg's Kaleb Staack. The Ram veteran went 3-1 in his bracket, which included a fall in 2:18 in the first round.

Cornell 157-pounder Nic Jarvis (SO/Iowa City, Iowa) placed fourth with a 2-2 mark. He dropped a 6-2 semifinal match to Wartburg's eventual champion Logan Thomsen and then was pinned by Minnesota State's Dylan Herman in the third-place bout.

The Rams received fifth-place efforts from Ben Hewson (JR/Loveland, Colo.) at 165 and Joseph Keller (JR/Windsor, Colo.) at 184. Hewson lost by fall in his opening match, but fought his way back to fifth with five straight wins on the consolation side. The junior recorded two pins, a technical fall and a 9-2 decision before defeating Wartburg's Max Forsyth in the place match, 6-3.

Keller dominated Simpson's Noah Robinson, 10-0, to win his fifth-place match. Keller posted a pair of tight consolation wins, 4-2 and 3-2 in overtime.

At 174, Wylie Allen (SO/Gilberts, Ill.) went 2-2 and finished sixth in his class. He lost by fall to UW-Whitewater's Nate Mlodzik in the fifth-place match.

Chris Lyons (JR/Overland Park, Kan.) won two of his four matches at 197 and did not place.

In the Silver Division, freshman Bryce Oveson (FR/Wilton, Iowa) won three straight consolation matches to finish fifth at 184. He edged Upper Iowa's Connor Williams in the place match, 5-4. His lone loss was a 5-4 quarterfinal decision to UW-La Crosse's Lee Fuller.

Coming up – The Rams compete at Coe's Turkey Open Nov. 18 in Cedar Rapids.