MCAC Presidents Announce Decision on Fall Sports

The Minnesota State presidents of the member colleges of the MCAC met to determine how to move forward with intercollegiate athletics for fall semester in light of COVID-19. The presidents reaffirmed the commitment to protecting the health of student athletes.

In consideration of the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health, fall sports will be limited to those that have been identified as low-risk, Clay Target and Golf. Seasons have been canceled for football, volleyball, and soccer.

Continue reading

Pioneers’ Baguma finishes sixth at NJCAA Championship

Northland wrestlers finish 25th at NJCAA Tournament

Council Bluffs, Iowa – Northland sophomore heavyweight Andre Baguma concluded his second and final season at the junior college level with a sixth-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament Friday and Saturday, March 6-7 at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Overall, Northland wrestlers amassed 17 team points to finish 25th overall and seventh among NJCAA non-scholarship programs.

Baguma, Fargo, N.D., was one win away from the medal stand in his first national tournament last year. Baguma was seeded fifth in this year’s tournament. He drew a first-round bye in the 29-man bracket and reached the quarterfinals with a workman-line 6-3 win over Darius Wilkins of Pratt.

Continue reading

MCAC Wrestling Programs Head to National Tournament This Weekend

Winona, MN — The Minnesota College Athletic Conference wrestling season concluded recently with the 2019-20 North District Tournament, hosted by Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. At the event, several student-athletes earned their way to the 2019-20 NJCAA Wrestling National Championships, to be held at the Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa on March 6-7.

For the most in-depth coverage of the 2019-20 NJCAA Wrestling National Championships, fans, families, and followers from around the MCAC should head to NJCAA Wrestling Championship website, found at https://www.njcaawrestlingcb.com/tournament.asp

The NJCAA Wrestling Championship website includes key details, such as the event Live Stream link, updated brackets during the competition and more, courtesy of FLO Wrestling and the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Continue reading at mcacsports.org

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.

Continue reading