Northland qualifies three for NJCAA Wrestling Championship

Freshman heavyweight Andre Baguma won an MCAC/Region 13 title and sophomores Rees Lehman, 141, and Hunter Roller, 184, wrestled to runner-up finishes during the MCAC/NJCAA Region 13 wrestling tournament Sunday at Minnesota West Community & Technical Colllege in Worthington to punch their tickets to the NJCAA Wrestling Championships next month.

Baguma entered the tournament as the top-seed in a three-man bracket and watched as Itasca’s Devin Reynolds pinned Rochester’s Darrel Noble in the semifinal round. Baguma was 2-1 against Reynolds in the regular season, with both wins combing by fall and the loss by injury default.

On Sunday, Baguma wore Reynolds down during a scoreless first period. Reynolds got on the board first, with an escape 15 seconds into the second period. Baguma tied the match 1-1 with a quick escape to open the third and he immediately scored a takedown to take 3-1 lead. Continue reading at trftimes.com

Pioneer’s Baguma Captures MCAC Honor

Rochester, MN — Andre Baguma, a freshman at Northland Community & Technical College has earned Wrestler-of-the-Week for his efforts as a Pioneer for the week ending Sunday, January 27.

Baguma finished third at the Harper Open in Palatine, Ill., Saturday, Jan. 26, and also secured the winning fall in Northland’s 24-20 dual meet win over MCAC foe Itasca Community College Wednesday, January 23 in Thief River Falls.

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Rochester 32 Northland 15; Northland 24 Itasca 20

Northland gives Rochester a scare, defeats Itasca

The 29th ranked Northland wrestling team went 1-1 in dual meet competition Wednesday night, losing 32-15 to 18th ranked Rochester in its opening dual, before upsetting 25th ranked Itasca 24-20 in the night’s final dual.

The Pioneers’ opening dual was much closer than the 17-point spread would indicate.

“Our guys wrestled tough against Rochester, who has been the premiere program in our conference the last six or seven years,” said Northland Head Coach Scott DCamp. We were down 17-15 going into 184. If we get that win, we would have sent Andre Baguma out at heavyweight down 23-18, needing a pin for our first-ever win against Rochester.”

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