UW Stevens Point hosted the Pointer Open on Saturday and they did an excellent job, but UW Parkside owns it. Of the 10 weight classes Parkside had entries in 8 of them and of those 8 weight classes they entered, they had finalists in 7 of them and won 5.
The Pointer open is a solid early season tournament year in and year out that is put on by Stevens Point. This year there were a total of 18 different teams that had entries. Of those teams 8 of them were from Wisconsin. Those teams included Carthage, Lakeland, Eau Claire, Lacrosse, Oshkosh, Parkside, Stevens Point, and Whitewater.
Beau Yineman of UW Oshkosh also was a champion on the day at 197. Beau was very impressive, earning 3 falls on his way to the finals where he controlled the match and won 9-2.
Each year the Pointer open attracts attention from our in state colleges. This was the first year we did not see any of the Madison redshirts competing, but that is likely a result of the new competition rule by the NCAA for division one colleges.
The Men’s division is not the only division at the Pointer Open. UW Stevens Point has been one of the front runners leading the charge for women’s wrestling in college for the state of Wisconsin. The Pointer Open also consists of a women’s division with 13 different teams competing.
Stevens Point, Lakeland, and Carthage all brought teams to compete. Stevens Point led the way with 7 women placing this weekend which included 1 runner up, Kelly Enriquez. Kelly had 2 tech falls and a pin in 3 of her 4 matches this weekend.
Thank you to Stevens Point for running an entertaining and efficiently run tournament. Can’t wait for it again next year!