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Ridgewater sacks North Iowa

Ridgewater College's 165-pounder Chase Tempel, front, worked his way to an 8-7 win over Eric Horstman of North Iowa Area CC on Tuesday in the Warriors' home debut. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton1 / 2
Ridgewater's Evan Stock, right, controls Jordan Alderdyce of North Iowa Area CC on the way to a major decision at 197 pounds that secured the win for Ridgewater. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton2 / 2

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