LINDSBORG — The Bethany College wrestling team was in action this weekend, hosting the Swede Open on Saturday at Smoky Valley High School. Bethany had two medalists in junior Brandon Lawson-Archuleta and freshman Trey Edwards.
Lawson-Archuleta led the team becoming the first Swede since 2014 to win the open tournament. After a first-round bye, Lawson-Archuleta won a 7-4 decision over his Cowley County CC opponent. In the quarterfinals, Lawson-Archuleta was gridlocked with his Northeast Oklahoma opponent at the end of the third period forcing overtime. Lawson-Archuleta then took down his opponent in the first overtime to win the match, 6-4.
In the semifinals, Lawson-Archuleta dug out a 6-4 victory over a KCAC opponent from York. Lawson-Archuleta then finished off his Barton CC opponent in the final with a 3-1 win.
Edwards also received a first-round bye before winning a 17-4 major decision over an unattached wrestler. Edwards then defeated his opponent from Oklahoma City University 9-1 to reach the semifinals. However, here Edwards lost 3-2 to fall to consolation bracket.
In the consolation semifinal, Edwards bounced back and beat his Barton CC with a 5-2 decision. He then received a bye in the third and fourth place match due to his Pratt CC opponent wrestling too many matches in a day.
Junior Logan McDowell also picked up a couple wins this weekend. McDowell pinned fellow Swede, sophomore Taylor Holman in the consolation bracket in 1:23. He then pinned his next, unattached, opponent in 6:32, before finally getting knocked out of the tournament with a 4-0 loss.
"It is a good thing when the batteries for the video camera need to be changed a lot due to our guys winning and moving through the tournament. "Arch" and Trey and were firing on all cylinders", said Swede head coach Larry Nugent. "Logan McDowell will tune up his game a little more but he still had a nice day, and Desch, Holman and Gadbois all showed promise for good things to come".
The Swedes travel Kearney, Nebraska this Saturday for the University of Nebraska-Kearney Open beginning at 9 a.m.