Seven Ridgewater Warriors Qualify for NJCAA Wrestling Nationals

WILLMAR and HUTCHINSON, MN — Seven Ridgewater Warrior wrestlers are headed to nationals this week for the March 1-2 wrestling championships in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They qualified at the February 19 Division III Region 13 Tournament in Rochester.

Sophomore Cole Holien, from Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School, defended his 141-pound regional championship honor by winning his bracket. At 157 pounds, freshman Taedon Nichols (Siren, WI) also won his bracket to become a regional champ, as did Tucker Hugg (St. Cloud, Granite City Baptist Academy) at 285 pounds.

Sophomore Ross Meskimen (Ramsey) took second in the 184-pound competition.

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RCTC Hosts 2024 North Plains District National Wrestling Qualifier

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCACwrestling programs will hit the mats at Rochester Community and Technical College (Rochester, MN) on Sunday, February 18th, for the 2024 NJCAA Region 13 North Plains District Wrestling Championships. The tournament competition will begin at 10:00 AM in the Regional Sports Center on the RCTC campus.

This one-day event serves as a national qualifying tournament for the NJCAA Wrestling National Championships. On Sunday, one team will also walk away with the 2024 MCAC Wrestling Tournament Champion title.

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Saint John’s 37, Ridgewater 10

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s wrestling recorded bonus-point wins in four of the six matches for a 37-10 victory over Ridgewater on Friday night, Feb. 9, in Sexton Arena.

Sophomore Zachariah Hunter (Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area) started the dual at 197 pounds with a second-period pin in 3:44 to improve his season record to 14-6.

Freshman Cody Kwak (Ridgeland, Wis./Menomonie) followed with a pin of his own at heavyweight, but in comeback fashion. Following a scoreless first period, Ridgewater’s Tucker Hugg deferred and Kwak chose down to start the second. Hugg turned the advantage into a four-point near fall and escaped with 1:48 left in the third period to build a 5-0 lead. Kwak, however, scored a takedown and secured a pin with 1:05 remaining. The fall was the team-leading 14th for Kwak, who is now 18-9 on the season.

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