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College wrestling: Van Heuveln places first at Ridgewater Open

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Klinton Van Heuveln of Ridgewater College controls Cody Reed of Southwest Minnesota State on the way to second-period pin on Saturday. The KMS product went 4-0 at 141 pounds — each win by fall — to claim the Warriors’ lone championship at their own open.

WILLMAR — Ridgewater wrestler Klinton Van Heuveln recorded three pins and a tech fall to place first at 141 pounds in the Ridgewater Open on Saturday.

Van Heuveln won by tech fall over unattached wrestler Charlie Wilczek, then pinned Dylan Wright of St. Cloud State, Cody Reed of Southwest Minnesota State and Grant Kyllo of Rochester to claim the championship.

Trevor Mahlum won two matches to place second at 174 pounds. Mahlum fell to St. Cloud State’s Clayton Jennissen 4-2 in the championship match.

Tyrell Martin won four of five matches to place third at 165 pounds and Zane Peterson won three matches to place third at 285 pounds.

Alex Thurber won two matches and placed fourth at 197 pounds and Ruben Bermudez won two matches and placed fifth at 133 pounds.

Brady Thisius won twice and placed sixth at 184 pounds and Jesse Engler was sixth at 157 pounds.

How Ridgewater fared:

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

133: Ruben Bermudez 2-2 (5th place) … 141: Klinton Van Heuveln 4-0 (1st place) … 149: Stephen Delwiche 2-2; Daniel Wieman 1-2 … 157: Eugene Stepen 0-2; Jesse Engler 1-3 (6th place) … 165: Tyrell Martin 4-1 (3rd place) … 174: Eric Swenson 0-2; Trevor Mahlum 2-1 (2nd place) … 184: Brady Thisius 2-3 (6th place) … 197: Reece Waldie 0-2; Joel Koch 0-2; Alex Thurber 2-2 (4th place) … 285: Zane Petersen 3-1 (3rd place)