No. 8 Peacocks Head to Luther Open on Saturday

By Howie Thompson, UIU Athletic Information
THIS WEEKEND IN PEACOCK WRESTLING... The No. 8 Peacock wrestling team will make the short trip north to Decorah, Iowa this Saturday for their second open tournament of the season. The Peacocks will be one of 21 teams with wrestlers competing at the Regents Center on Luther's lower campus beginning at 9 a.m.

TOURNAMENT BREAKDOWN... Wrestlers at the tournament will be split into two brackets. The Silver Bracket will include all true freshman, while the Elite Bracket will hold the upperclassmen at the event. All the matches will be scored live on trackwrestling.com.

MEETING UIU IN THE MIDDLE... A mixture of NCAA Division I, II, III as well as NAIA, NJCAA and club teams will be competing at the Luther Open. Below is a breakdown of the teams that are registered for Saturday's event.

Division I: University of Iowa
Division II: Minnesota State University, Mankato, Upper Iowa University
Division III: Buena Vista University, Coe College, Cornell College, Luther College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Simpson College, University of Dubuque, UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Whitewater, Wartburg College
NAIA: Waldorf University
Community College: North Iowa Area Community College, Rochester Community & Technical College
Club Teams: Iowa State Wrestling Club, Winona State University Wrestling Club

NSIC WRESTLER OF THE WEEK... The Northern Sun Conference handed out their weekly wrestling awards and redshirt freshman Brock Benitz is the NSIC Wrestler of the Week after posting a 5-0 record, including four wins by fall, in his first week of the season. Benitz, a 157-pounder from Mosinee, Wis., made the most of his first week of the 2017-18 season. The redshirt freshman recorded four wins by fall in his first five matches. Benitz opened the season with a fall over Dakota Schutter of Truman State at 1:53 after an early takedown. He followed his first varsity win with three straight pins to open competition at the Yellowjacket Open in Rochester, Minn. Benitz's first two pins on Saturday came in the first period (1:43/0:39), while his win by fall in the semifinals came just over a minute into the third period. He closed his week with the 157-pound title after a 6-5 decision over Anthony Maia of Iowa Lakes CC; Maia is ranked as the No. 1 157-pounder in the NJCAA.

KEEPING AN EYE ON THE NUMBERS...

WINS PINS TECH FALLS MAJOR DECISIONS
59 20 3 5

Totals above are accumulated through both attached and unattached wrestler results.

NEXT UP... Following the weekend's tournament, Upper Iowa will return to the mats in Minneapolis, Minn. on Saturday, Nov. 18, for the Auggie Open hosted by Augsburg University