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Ridgewater Warriors 149-pounder Matt Meyer, top, outmuscles Trevor Scott of Rochester for an 8-1 victory at the college gym Thursday in Willmar. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

College Wrestling: Rochester rocks Warriors

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WILLMAR — For first-year Warriors’ head coach Tom Gruhlke, his first winter at Ridgewater is a time for learning the ropes of college wrestling.


“I’ve got to get out there and recruit and get the numbers up,” said the long-time high school coach, who took over for Tom Beyer last fall.

Injuries, personal matters and academic trouble can reduce a full wrestling room in October to a handful of hail and healthy wrestlers by mid-winter.

The Warriors (4-2) fell hard to MCAC rival Rochester (12-3) on Thursday 40-16 at the college. The home team forfeited at four weights.

One wrestler, Gruhlke explained, couldn’t get out of a night class (matches on Thursday night are uncommon).

Another is temporarily out with a nagging injury. At the middle weights, Gruhlke lost one athlete to a shoulder surgery and another ended up a credit short of being eligible second term.

Picking up wins were Matt Meyer at 149 with an 8-1 decision and Zane Petersen at 285 pounds with a 2:33 pin. Those wins will help each Warrior in the seeding at region.

Rochester 40, Ridgewater 16

125: Adam Sutlief, Rgw, won by forfeit 

133: Label Lewis, Roc, won by forfeit

141: Joe Munos, Roc, maj Zach Revier 13-5 

149: Matt Meyer, Rgw, dec Trevor Scott 8-1

157: Zach Pickering, Roc, won by forfeit

165: Corey Berry, Roc, won by forfeit

174: Marcus Blout, Roc, won by forfeit

184: Ben Tinkham, Roc pin Schoen Kichler 4:31

197: Josh Baughan, Roc, pin Joel Koch 5:19

285: Zane Petersen, Rgw, pin Mike Dyer 2:33