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College wrestling: Van Heuveln falls short of top eight at nationals

DES MOINES, Iowa — Klinton Van Heuveln at 141 pounds was one win shy of securing All-America status Friday at the NJCAA National Championships.

The Ridgewater College sophomore and 2012 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg High School graduate lost a 4-1 decision in overtime in the fourth round of the consolation bracket to Tyler Lashbrook of Ellsworth Community College to fall just short of finishing in the top eight for the second consecutive year.

Van Heuveln also fell in the fourth round of the 149-pound loser’s bracket last year at the national tournament in Rochester, Minn.

Van Heuveln received a first-round bye before pinning Blake Santi of Harper College in 5:42 to reach the quarterfinals. Van Heuvlen was then dropped into the consolation bracket after being edged 4-2 by Zach Loveless of Wyoming’s Northwest College.

Also advancing to Friday’s second session for Ridgewater was sophomores Tyrell Martin at 165 and Trevor Mahlum at 174. Martin fell 5-3 and Mahlum 6-3 in their third-round matches in the consolation bracket. Both of Martin’s wins were by pin while Mahlum notched a pin and a 5-3 decision.

Winning a match before eventually being eliminated for Ridgewater were freshmen Frank Wilczek at 133 and Brady Thisius at 184, and sophomore heavyweight Zane Petersen.

How Ridgewater fared

133 — FRANK WILCZEK: pinned Jeff Rottingen, Bergen CC (N.J.), 3:19 … pinned by Alex Jones, Lincoln College (Ill.), 3:25 … lost 13-2 major decision to Zach Welter, North Iowa Area CC … eliminated

141 — KLINTON VAN HEUVELN: bye … pinned Blake Santi, Harper College (Ill.), 5:42 … lost 4-2 decision to Zach Loveless, Northwest College (Wyo.) … lost 4-1 decision in overtime to Tyler Lashbrook, Ellsworth CC (Iowa) … eliminated

149 — DENNIS WILSON: pinned by Colby Kloetzer, Northwest College (Wyo.), 1:19 … pinned by Skylar Procasky, Rend Lake College (Ind.), 1:56 … eliminated

157 — SHANE FESENMAIER: pinned by Zach Martin, Southwestern Oregon, 4:17 … bye … pinned by Nicholas Moreno, North Idaho College, 3:59 … eliminated

165 — TYRELL MARTIN: pinned Bryce Lewis, Colby CC (Kan.), 2:17 … pinned by Nate Lawrence, Iowa Lakes CC, 3:29 … pinned Sheldon Graves, Pratt CC (Kan.), 5:30 … lost 5-3 decision to Tyler Strenke, Southwestern Oregon … eliminated

174 — TREVOR MAHLUM: pinned Connor Fox, Alfred State (N.Y.), 4:11 … lost 8-7 decision to Nick Lawrence, Iowa Lakes CC … won 5-3 decision over Angelo Rivera, Wright College (Ill.) … lost 6-3 decision to Ross Taylor, Western Wyoming CC … eliminated

184 — BRADY THISIUS: lost 13-2 major decision to Landon Keiswetter, Pratt CC (Kan.) … won 4-2 decision over Cody Harrison, Iowa Central CC … lost 9-1 major decision to Francesco Merante, Nassau CC (N.Y.) … eliminated

197 — ALEX THURBER: pinned by V.J. Giulio, North Idaho College, 1:44 … pinned by Glenn Cothren, Iowa Lakes CC, 1:21 … eliminated

HWT — ZANE PETERSEN: pinned Ben Tynan, Highline CC (Wash.), 2:50 … lost 6-1 decision to Alex Stockton, North Iowa Area CC … lost 8-6 decision to Christopher Ballard, Iowa Central CC … eliminated