Tadzhimetov Places 1st at Cyclone Open
by Clint Burgi
November 12, 2005
FORT DODGE, Iowa - It had been nearly 18 months since
Erkin Tadzhimetov had wrestled in a collegiate match, but
apparently the senior from Uzbekistan is immune to rust
after taking 1st place at 133 lbs. at the Cylcone Open in
Fort Dodge, Iowa. Tadzhimetov won five times on Saturday
with the championship win coming against Nebraska's Mike
Rowe. After redshirting last season, he opened the 2005-06
season on Friday night by beating Jesse Sundell of Iowa
State and remains perfect on the season.
"He really controlled every position. A couple of guys
weren't close to scoring on him," said Utah Valley State
coach Cody Sanderson. "Erkin is right where we want him to
be right now."
Talon Vickers placed 2nd for the Wolverines at 125 lbs.
Vickers avenged Friday's loss to Iowa State's Ben Hanisch
during the open but fell in the championship match.
Daniel Polkowske and Justin Rawle also had successful
days. Polkowske made it all the way to the quarterfinals
and Rawle won three straight after losing his first match
of the day and was one win from placing at the open.
"He did a great job," said Sanderson of Rawle. "He's made
so much improvement from last year. I was very impressed
with him. Overall, I thought the guys had a great job."
The Wolverines will wrestle in another open next week at
the University of Northern Colorado. After that open on
the November 19th, the Wolverines will wrestle at the Las
Vegas Invitational on December 2-3. Their first home dual
will take place on December 10th against Western State.