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Ridgewater’s Klinton Van Heuveln works over Sam Brown of Jamestown (N.D.) College on the way to an 11-3 major decision at 149 pounds on Friday in Willmar. The former KMS wrestler went 3-0 on the day. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

College wrestling: Ridgewater splits 4 matches at own invite

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WILLMAR — Klinton Van Heuveln has had his share of victories as a high-school and college wrestler but none against former Minneota Vikings wrestler Beau Buysse.

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Since his eight-grade year at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Van Heuveln had  wrestled Buysse annually.

“I’d say at least twice a year and he always beat me,” said the Ridgewater College sophomore Friday evening.

Buysee is now a sophomore at Southwest Minnesota State while Van Heuveln is in his second year at Ridgewater.

They met again at 149 pounds in the last of the Warriors four matches and this time Van Heuveln prevailed winning a decision.

While he maintained it was no big deal, the 2011 state runnerup in Class A was clearly pleased to finally get an edge on his long-time adversary.

He maintained he is just pleased the Lord gives him the chance to wrestle and he’d act or feel no differently if he’d lost to Buysee, again.

The Warriors went 2-2 on their home mats, outpointing Jamestown (N.D.) College and Itasca CC but losing to St. John’s University and Southwest Minnesota State.

The four-year colleges brought a mix of junior varsity and varsity wrestlers.

Frank Wilczek at 133 scored 3 pins. Trevor Mahlum, another ex-Saint, finished 3-0. Alex Thurber also won three matches.

Former area wrestlers at the meet included St. John’s Ben Henle (New London-Spicer) and Southwest State’s Micah Larson (ACGC).

Southwest State, which was undefeated, is coached by Jesse Nelson, former head coach at Ridgewater.

Ridgewater 35, Jamestown College 15

125: J. Murillo, J, dec Reuben Bermudez 8-4

133: Frank Wilczek, R, pin Eddy Wilson 3:24

141: Hayden Rouser, R, dec Dillon Kifer 7-2

149: Kl. VanHeuveln, R, mj Sam Brown 11-3

157: Shane Fesenmaier, R, mj J. Miller 11-2

165: J. Gonzalez, J, pin Eugene Stepan 2:16

174: T. Davison, J, pin Eric Swanson 4:19

184: Brady Thisius, R, pin Jake Tilley 1:56

197: Alex Thurber, R, pin Briam Kaehler 4:24

Hwt: Joel Koch, R, won forfeit

How Ridgewater fared

Key: (Weight, name, won-loss)

125: Ruben Bermudez 1-2 … 133: Frank Wilczek 3-1 (3 falls) …. 141: Hayden Rouser 2-2 … 149: Klinton Van Heuveln 3-0; Dennis Wilson 0-1  … 157: Shane Fesenmaier 2-0; Devin Wicks 2-0 … 165: Tyrell Martin 1-1; Eugen Stepan 1-1  … 174: Trevor Mahlum 3-0; Eric Swenson 1-1 … 184: Brady Thisius 3-1 … 197: Alex Thurber 3-1 … Hwt: Joel Koch 1-1

Team Scores

St. John’s 28, Jamestown 19

Southwest State 35, St. John’s 15

Jamestown 30, Itasca CC 10

Southwest State 35, Itasca 3

Ridgewater 35, Jamestown 15

Ridgewater 39, Itasca 6

St. John’s 21, Ridgewater 17

Southwest State 28, Ridgewater 18

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

(320) 214-4334
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