Burks, Telles pace Bulldogs at DWU Open

By Jacob Knabel on Nov. 14, 2020 in Wrestling

MITCHELL, S.D. – A day after claiming a GPAC dual win at Dakota Wesleyan, the Concordia University Wrestling team remained in Mitchell, S.D., for competition at the Dakota Wesleyan Open. In tournament action, 14 Bulldogs combined for 24 wins on Saturday (Nov. 14). The event included wrestlers from six institutions, including five GPAC squads.

Head Coach Levi Calhoun’s group has now competed in two tournaments and two duals (1-1 overall) this season. Currently, Concordia is ranked third in the GPAC and is receiving votes in the NAIA national poll.

Freshman Jacob Telles (285) and junior Issiah Burks (157) starred for the Bulldogs on Saturday. Though Burks dropped his first match of the day, he rebounded with two pins and a victory by major decision while taking first place in the 157A bracket of the tournament. Burks topped Briar Cliff’s Ben Peters by a 13-4 score to cap a weekend that included a triumph in Friday night’s dual.

Telles is continuing the tradition of top-notch heavyweights at Concordia. He has run his season record to 10-2 by claiming four of five bouts at the DWU Open. Among the highlights, Telles earned a 3-2 decision over Briar Cliff’s Matt Wilke, ranked 19th nationally at 285. Telles claimed second place in the 285A bracket.

While Burks and Telles combined for seven wins, three other Bulldogs recorded three wins apiece: Timothy Huber (174), Mason Garcia (197), Jose Sanchez (157C) and Jeaven Scdoris (141). Scdoris and Sanchez both took second place while Garcia and Huber collected third-place claims. At 184 pounds, Cyrus Marshall picked up two wins. One win each was turned in by Carter Willis (125), Tavoris Smith (157) and Oscar Ramirez-Garcia (184).

The field in Mitchell included opponents from Briar Cliff, Dakota Wesleyan, Jamestown, Northwestern and Waldorf University (Iowa).

Please note that next week’s scheduled University of Nebraska-Kearney Open (originally slated for Nov. 21) has been canceled. Next up on the schedule is a dual at Midland on Dec. 3.