The Itasca wrestling team placed second in the Northern Regional District qualifying six wrestlers to compete at the NJCAA National Tournament.
Returning All-American and last year’s regional champion Corey Schmidt claimed another regional title wining at 197 pounds against Rochester’s Morgan Moreno 8-4.
Tanner Reetz also claimed his second regional championship uncontested this year at 133 pounds.
Claiming second place finishes for the Vikings included 149 pounder Ethan Kiehm, 174-pounder Dalton Bernett, and heavyweight Devin Reynolds.
Kiehm dominated in his true-second match against Rashawn Crumpler with a fall in the first period.
Bernett also claimed victory in his true-second match with a technical fall in the first period over Northland Community & Technical College’s Thomas Scheett.
Reynolds lost his finals match to NCTC’s Andre Baguma by fall near the end of the third period.
Cody Sawyer secured a position at the national tournament finishing third by losing to rival Adam Rients of Minneosta West Community & Technical College by fall in the first period for the true-second match. This was the fourth time these two have faced off and are now split 2-2 with each other.
Everyone that competed for the Vikings this past weekend punched their ticket to compete at NJCAA Nationals to be held in Council Bluffs, Iowa on March 1st and 2nd.
133 – Tanner Reetz 1st
149 – Ethan Kiehm 2nd
157 – Cody Sawyer 3rd
174 – Dalton Bernett 2nd
197 – Corey Schmidt 1st
Hwt – Devin Reynolds 2nd