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.
2020 NJCAA National Championships results. March 6-7 at Council Bluffs, Iowa.
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
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.
2020 NJCAA North District results. Sunday, February 23 at Grand Rapids, Minn.
2020 Don Parker Blugold Open results. Saturday, February 8 at Eau Claire, WI.
The NJCAA Wrestling Coaches Association Poll for February 6th has been released.
2020 Northland Open results. Saturday, February 1 at Thief River Falls, MN.