Northland qualifies six wrestlers for NJCAA National Championships, finishes second at North District Tournament

Grand Rapids, MN – Andre Baguma won a championship at heavyweight, and Austin Thompson, 125, Payton Jackson, 133, Jerimiah Pierre, 149, and Kaven Blazek, 165, added runner-up finishes to lead the Northland wrestling team to a second-place finish at the NJCAA North District National Qualifier Wrestling Tournament Sunday at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids.

Also qualifying for nationals is Raul Chavarry, Miami, Fla., with a third-place finish at 157 pounds. Six national qualifiers is a new record for the Northland wrestling program that is in its seventh season after being established in fall 2013.

Baguma, Fargo, N.D., won his second consecutive NJCAA North District/MCAC Tournament championship with a win by fall over Itasca’s Cole Walsh in the semifinals, before surviving a 3-1 overtime win over Rochester’s John Noll in the championship match.

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SCSU ranked number one in latest NCAA DII poll

The St. Cloud State University wrestling team (16-0, 8-0 NSIC) maintained its hold on the top spot in the latest NWCA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association national team poll, which was released on Feb. 21.

The Huskies posted 104 points in the poll with nine individually ranked wrestlers. McKendree was ranked second with 82 points and Pitt Johnstown was third with 69 points. Notre Dame (Ohio) and Central Oklahoma (61) completed the top five in the poll. NSIC rival Upper Iowa was ranked eighth with 44 points and Minnesota State was 18th with 21 points.

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Minnesota State Enters 2020 Postseason Ranked 18th

MANKATO, Minn. — The Minnesota State wrestling team enters the 2020 postseason tied for 18th in the 2019-20 NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.

The Mavericks, who completed the 2019-20 regular season with a 10-3 mark in dual action and finished second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 6-2 league record, have four individuals who are ranked in their respective weight classes.

Junior Kyle Rathman (Apple Valley, Minn.) holds a 14-3 record and is rated third at 149 lbs. Rathman is coming off a postseason last year where he finished seventh at the NCAA DII national championships in earning All-American honors.

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