Crocco, Granziano and Hightower Place Fifth at Duhawk Open
DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville wrestling team recorded four place winners at the Duhawk Open on Saturday, hosted by Loras College.
Crocco started his day by pinning Loras' Griffin Weihe at the 2:33 mark before falling to Wartburg's Brett Yonkovic in a 12-6 decision. After the setback, the Harvard, Ill. native, beat Cornell's Dan Bell, 17-10, and then slipped past Dubuque's Josh Lewis, 3-2. Eventually third-place finisher Upper Iowa's Trevor Duke pinned Crocco in 52 seconds, but Crocco responded in dominating fashion by beating Cornell's Daniel Klema, by major decision, 19-11, earning fifth-place at 157-pound.
Granziano opened is day by beating Coe's Troy Brown, 14-2 and then fell to UW-La Crosse's Tony Piechowski in a 7-3 decision. The Slinger, Wis. native, was pinned by unattached Iowa State's Ben Perna before pinning Warburg's AJ Dobson in the 197-pound fifth-place match.
Hightower fell to Justin Sternweis in a close 6-5 decision in his opening match and responded by beating fellow Pioneer Dylan DeShane, 8-3. Hightower dropped his next match due to injury and would take the 184-pound fifth-place title because Dubuque's Matt Leveille medically forfeited.
The Pioneers return to dual competition on Thursday when they square off with cross river rivals Loras College at 7 p.m. in Williams Fieldhouse.