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College Wrestling: Warriors’ Van Heuveln MVW at NJCAA meet

PALATINE, Ill. — Ridgewater College’s Klinton Van Heuveln placed first in the 141-pound weight class and also was named the meet’s Most Valuable Wrestler at the NJCAA Non-Scholarship Invitational on Saturday.

After a first-round bye, Van Heuveln decisioned Blake Santi of Harper College 9-2 and then pinned Simeon Everett of Springfield Tech in 40 seconds in the championship match. Both Santi and Everett are ranked nationally. Van Heuveln is 30-6 with 15 pins this season.

“They’re both good wrestlers,” Ridgewater head coach Tom Beyer said. “(Van Heuveln’s) had a great year.”

Ridgewater placed fifth in team scoring. Rochester Community College won the meet and Harper College was second.

Ridgewater’s Shane Fessenmeier placed second at 157 pounds, Trevor Mahlum was third at 174 pounds, Brady Thisius was third at 184 pounds and Alex Thurber was fourth at 197 pounds.

Tyrell Martin was fifth at 165 pounds and Dennis Wilson was sixth at 149 pounds.

Beyer said a few Warriors wrestlers were unable to make the trip to the tournament because they had school projects or class schedule conflicts.


Non-Scholarship Invitational

Team scoring

(1) Rochester Community College 128 (2) Harper Community College 122 (3) Nassau Community College 116.5 (4) Springfield Tech Community College 92.5 (5) Ridgewater College 79 (6) Minnesota West Community College 52 (7) Triton College 38 (8) Waubonsee College 22

How Ridgewater fared

Key: (Weight, name, won-loss, falls)



141:Klinton Van Heuveln 1st place: Semifinal, won by dec. Blake Santi, Harper College, 9-2; Championship, won by pin Simeon Everett, Springfield Tech, 0:40

149:Dennis Wilson 6th place: Quarterfinals, won by pin over Jose Negron, Springfield Tech Community College, 1:24; Semifinal, lost by pin to Josh Tardy, Harper College, 1:47; Consolation semifinals, lost by pin to Michael Tanner, Minnesota West Community College, 2:24; 5th-place match, lost by injury default to Jose Negron, Springfield Tech Community College

157:Shane Fessenmaier 2nd place: Quarterfinal, won by dec. over Anthony Herring, Nassau Community College, 8-3; Semifinal, won by pin over Don McGregor, Triton College, 4:49; Championship, lost by dec. to Steve Dewitt, Harper College, 4-1

165:Tyrell Martin 5th place: Quarterfinals, won by pin over Mario Encarnacion, Springfield Tech Community College, 0:38; Semifinal, lost by dec. to Greg Gainey, Minnesota West Community College, 6-2; Consolation semifinals, lost by pin to Alex Contini, Waubonsee College, 2:17; 5th-place match, won by maj. dec. over David Hughes, Harper College, 10-1

174:Trevor Mahlum 3rd place: Semifinal, lost by dec. to Ben Goodwin, Minnesota West Community College, 4-3; Consolation semifinals, won by pin over Qouc Pham, Springfield Tech Community College, 0:56; 3rd-place match, won by dec. over Kalvin Argueta, Harper College, 5-2)

184:Brady Thisius 3rd place: Quarterfinals, won by maj. dec. over Mike Rommenelli, Harper College, 14-5; Semifinal, lost by dec. to Brandon Riggins, Springfield Tech Community College, 8-7; Consolation semifinals, won by dec. over Chad Kirkhove, Triton College, 8-3; 3rd-place match, won by dec. over Mike Rommenelli, Harper College, 3-1

197:Alex Thurber 4th place: Quarterfinal, lost by pin to Ian MacIneirghe, Nassau Community College, 0:44); Consolation semifinal, won by maj. dec. over Rahmel Hill, Springfield Tech Community College), 11-3; 3rd-place match, lost by dec. to Michael Summerville, Harper College, 10-7

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