Itasca 36 Minnesota West 21

The #17 NJCAA Itasca Vikings opened the dual season with a home win 36-21 over Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

itaslogoThe action started at 174 pounds. 157 pound Cody Sawyer bumped to the weight to fill the void losing by a 9-2 decision.

Dalton Barnett went out to secure the fall at 184 pounds while Alex Erpelding made his college debut at heavyweight with a dominating fall from a cross-face cradle in the first period.

Drew Vanvleet also made his college debut as a Viking by securing a fall for the Vikings following three consecutive forfeits awarded to the Vikings.

Hunter Manka at 157 pounds got caught in a three-quarter nelson and lost by a fall in the second period.

157 pound Brandon Held bumped to 165 to match up with Braydon Johnson but was cut short due to injury.

The Vikings will compete next at the Dragon Open on December 1st in Moorhead, MN.

Itasca 36 Minnesota West 21
174-(MNW) Dorian Franklin Dec over (ICC) Cody Sawyer 9-2
184- (ICC) Dalton Barnett win by fall 1:33 over (MNW) Austin Bucholz
197- (MNW) Kezert LeBeau wins by FF
HWT- (ICC) Alex Erpelding wins by Fall 2:13 over (MNW) Elijah Riemer
125- (ICC) Drew Vanvleet wins by Fall 4:24 over (MNW) Chris Romero
133-(ICC) Tanner Reetz wins by FF
141-(ICC) Branden McClure wins by FF
149-(ICC) Ethan Kiehm wins by FF
157-(MNW) Tre Veon Williams wins by fall 4:35 over (ICC) Hunter Manka
165-(MNW) Braydon Johnson wins by Inj Def 4:01 over (ICC) Brandon Held

Exhibition: (ICC) Ethan Kiehm wins by fall over (MNW) Rashawn Crumpler

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