Minnesota West 36 Northland CTC 21

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.

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NJCAA Wrestling Coaches Association Poll

The NJCAA Wrestling Coaches Association Poll for November 5, 2019 has been released.

Rochester CTC is ranked #19. Itasca Community College and Northland CTC both received votes.

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Yellowjacket Open Kicks Off MCAC Wrestling Campaign Tomorrow

Winona, MN – The Minnesota College Athletic Conference wrestling season is set to open up on Saturday, November 2 with five collegiate programs across the state looking to earn a place at the NJCAA National Wrestling National Championships this spring. Headlining early-season competitions is the RCTC Yellowjacket Open which will provide fans, families, and followers of wrestling in the MCAC a first look at perennial national power Rochester Community & Technical College.

The Rochester Community & Technical College Yellowjackets are the defending MCAC champions and saw six of their student-athletes wrestle their way to the 2018-19 NJCAA National Championships last March. Veteran head coach Randy Rager will look to replace several standouts this year, including Shane Siewert (Lake City, MN) who was dominant in the 174 lb. weight class for Rochester and Alex Pierre, who wrestled at 184. RCTC rolls out a 2019-20 roster with 28 student-athletes; Rochester will serve as host to the Yellowjacket Open on Saturday, November 2 and the MCAC Conference Dual Championship on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The 2018-19 edition of RCTC wrestling captured the NJCAA North District Tournament title on 80.5 points. Continue reading at mcacsports.org