Ridgewater sacks North Iowa
WILLMAR -- Tyler Stemper's decision at 157-pound launched a Ridgewater College comeback and the Warriors knocked off North Iowa Area Community College 27-21 on Tuesday.
Ridgewater trailed 15-5 before catching fire. Chase Tempel followed Stemper with an 8-7 win, on riding time, and then Travis Peralta pinned Isaiah Tatum with a second left in the first period for 17-15 lead.
Martin Hagen added sixpoints from a first-period pin at 184 and then Evan Stock, his former teammate at Yellow Medicine East, clinched the victory with a 9-1 decision that made it 27-15.
Hagen, who was 14-14 as a freshman, evened his record at 6-6 this fall. He used a firemen's carry for his fourth pin.
Peralta, a state champion for Thief River Falls last March, got his team-leading 14th win.
Coach Tom Beyer singled out Nate Friederich's technical fall at 125 as especially impressive since it came against a two-time Arizona state champion.
"The team wrestled really hard tonight," said Beyer. "We're doing something with what we've been learning. It was a good match for us against a quality opponent."
The Mason City community college competes at the Division I level and his currently ranked No. 15.
The team isn't home again until the Ridgewater Open Jan. 9.
Ridgewater College 27, North Iowa Area CC 21
125: Nate Friederich, Rgw, tcfl Kirk Luzano 17-2
133: J.D. Masterson, NIA, won by forfeit
141: Brock Coutu, NIA, dec Josh Anderson 16-10
149: Jon Rivera, NIA, pin Mike Christians 4:30
157: Tyler Stemper, Rgw, dec Kyle Ring 6-2
165: Chase Tempel, Rgw, dec Eric Horstman 8-7
174: Travis Peralta, Rgw, pin Isaiah Tatum, 2:59
184: Martin Hagen, Rgw, pin Taylor Morrow 2:20
197: Evan Stock, Rgw, mj Jordan Alderdyce 9-1
Hwt: Zach Rosol, NIA, pin Charlie Gelhaye 6:16