By Scott DCamp, Northland Communications
Thief River Falls – Northland Community & Technical College dropped a 36-21 decision to MCAC rival Minnesota West in a non-conference meet Friday afternoon in Thief River Falls. Both teams wrestled shorthanded, with the visiting Bluejays accepting forfeits at 157, 184 and 197 pounds, and the Pioneers accepting forfeits at 141 and heavyweight.
Minnesota West took a 6-0 lead in the dual with sophomore Chris Romero pinning Tyrese Hicks at 125.
The Pioneers answered with a win by fall from Payton Jackson over Zechariah Thomas at 133, a forfeit win by Isaiah Arredondo at 141, and a 15-8 decision win by Jerimiah Pierre over Chase Dorman at 149.
Minnesota West reeled off five straight wins to clinch the dual. Shane McGraw and Bryce Bickerstaff accepted forfeits for the Bluejays, while Brayden Johnson and Dalton Wagner won by fall over Raul Chavarry, and Dale Grindahl, respectively.
Rounding out the scoring for the Pioneers was a Micah Butler forfeit.
Minnesota West 36 Northland CTC 21
125: Chris Romero (MWC&) over Tyrese Hicks (NC&T) (Fall 0:00)
133: Payton Jackson (NC&T) over Zechariah Thomas (MWC&) (Fall 0:00)
141: Isaiah Arredondo (NC&T) over (MWC&) (For.)
149: Jerimiah Pierre (NC&T) over Chase Dorman (MWC&) (Dec 15-8)
157: Zachery Hamann (MWC&) over (NC&T) (For.)
165: Braydon Johnson (MWC&) over Raul Chavarry (NC&T) (Fall 0:00)
174: Shane McGraw (MWC&) over (NC&T) (For.)
184: Bryce Bickerstaff (MWC&) over (NC&T) (For.)
197: Dalton Wagner (MWC&) over Dale Grindahl (NC&T) (Fall 0:00)
285: Micah Butler (NC&T) over (MWC&) (Fall 0:00)