College Wrestling: Ridgewater sinks Itasca
GRAND RAPIDS -- A four-match win streak in the upper weights ignited Ridgewater past Itasca 38-15 in a MCAC wrestling dual Wednesday.
Pins from Nate Friederich at 133 pounds and Jake Patnode and an Itasca forfeit at 149 gave Ridgewater (3-3) at quick 18-6 lead. The Vikings then won a close decision at 157, but Ridgewater responded by winning the next four matches to stretch its lead to 38-9.
Ryder Torgeson started the run with a 11-3 major decision at 165. Two Itasca forfeits -- 174 and 197 -- and a major decision from Martin Hagen 184 followed.
The Warriors will compete in the Minnesota West Open Saturday that starts at 9 a.m. in Worthington.
Ridgewater 38, Itasca 15
125: Ethan Purdy, I, won by forfeit
133: Nate Friederich, R, pin Charlie Wilezek 3:15
141: Jake Patnode, R, pin Mike Sleger 2:49
149: Josh Anderson, R, won by forfeit
157: Dan Merth, I, dec Tyler Stemper 9-7
165: Ryder Torgeson, R, maj Ryan Banpuymbrouch 11-3
174: Travis Peralta, R, won by forfeit
184: Martin Hagen, R, maj Wes Dodd 16-6
197: Evan Stock, R, won by forfeit
Hwt: Jared Kuiseld, I, pin Josh Kolar 4:45