Northland finishes 12th at NJCAA Women’s Wrestling Invitational

Council Bluffs, Iowa – The Northland women’s wrestling team finished 15th in an 18-team field at the 2024 NJCAA Women’s Wrestling Invitational, held Friday and Saturday, March 1-2 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluff’s Iowa.

Northland freshman Arionna Beatty entered the tournament as the number five seed at 143 pounds and a favorite to reach the medal stand. Beatty battled a stomach virus the day before the tournament, and it was unclear if she would be able to wrestle. On Friday morning, Beatty made the decision to compete despite being less than 100 percent. She pinned Mira Marchio of Joliet in 1:00 in the round of 16 to set up a quarterfinal showdown against fourth-seeded Eve Herlyn of Southeast Community College.

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Six Northland wrestlers head to Council Bluffs for National Tournament

Six Northland Community & Technical College wrestlers, three men and three women, will compete in the NJCAA National Wrestling Championships later this week in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

This is the second year that the NJCAA has hosted a National Women’s Invitational to run concurrently with the men’s national tournament. There is no qualifier, but the tournament has grown from 12 to 18 participating teams.

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Big day for Beatty

Northland freshman Arionna Beatty finishes fifth at Midland Warrior Open

Fremont, Neb. – Northland freshman Arionna Beatty beat one ranked opponent and placed ahead of another during a 4-2 outing Saturday at the Midland Warrior Open in Fremont, Neb.

Beatty’s biggest win of the day was a win by fall over fourth-ranked Celeste Cubillo of Iowa Western. She also pinned Maria Slaughter, who was seeded second in the tournament, in the consolation quarterfinals. Overall, Beatty went 4-2, with three wins by fall. Her only losses on the day were to eventual runner-up Serenety De La Garza of Missouri Valley and to eventual third-place finisher Brinley Greene of the University of Sioux Falls.

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Northland Women’s Program Set to Debut This Season

Pioneer’s Coach Brandon Ballard Excited to Build Program

By Matt Krumrie

In April, Northland Community and Technical College announced the addition of women’s wrestling to the athletic opportunities at the Thief River Falls school. In doing so, Northland became the first Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) member to add women’s wrestling. In May, fellow MCAC member Minnesota North-Itasca also announced the addition of a women’s wrestling program, set to compete in 2024. That brings the total number of women’s collegiate wrestling teams in Minnesota to three, with Augsburg University (DIII) home to the other women’s program.

Head Coach Brandon Ballard, who also oversees the Pioneers’ men’s wrestling team, has been working hard to recruit and build the program and hopes to bring in five wrestlers for this inaugural season and eventually build the roster to a total of 20 wrestlers.

“Establishing our women’s program will be a boost for Pioneers athletics as well as our overall community,” Ballard said. “We want the young women we bring to campus to be good role models and leaders who will help lay a solid foundation for the program. I’m eager to see the program grow and take off.”

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