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College roundup: Second half boosts Warriors to a win

Ridgewater men beat Hibbing 75-61 after trailing at halftime

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WILLMAR — A strong second half made the difference for the Ridgewater men’s basketball team Saturday.

The Warriors outscored Minnesota North-Hibbing by 16 points on the way to a 75-61 Minnesota College Athletic Conference victory at Ridgewater College.

Hibbing led 38-36 at halftime.

The Warriors used a three-point shooting advantage and took better care of the ball to beat the Cardinals.

Ridgewater made 9 of 26 three-pointers, good for 34.6%. Hibbing made 1-for-13 for 7.7%. The Warriors had nine turnovers to Hibbing’s 18.

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Three players scored in double figures for Ridgewater. Malik Westerfield, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard from Davenport, Iowa, led the way with 21 points. He was 9-for-19 from the field. Rodney Lubin, a 6-3 sophomore from Apopka, Florida, added 14 points and Jaylyn Clardy, a 6-3 sophomore from Pensacola, Fla., had 11 points.

Ray Washington-Battle Jr., a 6-4 sophomore from Silver Spring, Maryland, had 35 points to lead Hibbing.

Ridgewater next plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota.

Men’s basketball

Ridgewater 75,Hibbing 61

Hibbing (2-7)             38   23 — 61
Ridgewater (5-2)       36   39 — 75

HIBBING - Scoring: Schuyler Pimentel 4, Shawn Brown Jr. 2, Nick Moore 7, Ramaj Gordon 7, Ray Washington-Battle Jr. 35, Alvin Judd 2, Conor Goggin 4 … 3-point shots: Gordon 1-6 … Rebound leader: Washington-Battle Jr. 13, Gordon 9, Moore 9 … Assist leader: Brown Jr. 2 … Steal leader: Moore 2 ... Block leader: Washington-Battle Jr. 2

RIDGEWATER - Scoring: Rodney Lubin 14, Jaylyn Clardy 11, Malik Westerfield 21, Tanner Swanson 7, Shane Scharmach 2, Tyson Dyer 5, Deondre Wallace 7, Terbuto Ochothow 2, Noah Wilts 2, Evin Ashcraft 4 … 3-point shots: Lubin 4-7, Clardy 1-4, Westerfield 2-6, Dyer 1-1, Wallace 1-4 … Rebound leader: Clardy 8, Westerfield 5, Scharmach 5 … Assist leader: Westerfield 4, Schamarch 4 … Steal leader: Westerfield 4, Clardy 2, Wallace 2 ... Block leader: Swanson

Women’s basketball

Martin Luther 50, Ridgewater 38

Martin Luther College secured the exhibition victory at Ridgewater, getting 17 points from Jayden Koehler and 12 points from Erika Gosch.

Mallery Geistfeld and Gabby Randt led Ridgewater. Geistfeld, a 5-foot-9 freshman wing from Granada-Huntley-East Chain, had 16 points. Randt, a 5-10 freshman post from MACCRAY, had 15 points, 14 rebounds and four assists.

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Ridgewater next plays at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Minnesota North-Itasca in Grand Rapids.

Martin Luther (4-2)      30   20 — 50
Ridgewater (0-7)         21   17 — 38

MARTIN LUTHER - Scoring: Ally Platzer 3, Madeline Walz 8, Jayden Koehler 17, Erika Gosch 12, Maya Price 4, Kendra Valleau 1, Alana Sulzle 3, Emily Rothfuss 2  … 3-point shots: Platzer 1-3, Koehler 3-5, Gosch 1-5 … Rebound leader: Lisa Hoffer 9, Platzer 6 … Assist leader: Walz 3, Koehler 3 … Steal leader: Hoffer 4, Walz 3 ... Block leader: Karissa Holdcroft 1, Koehler 1, Hoffer 1, Valleau 1

RIDGEWATER - Scoring: Mallery Geistfeld 16, Gabby Randt 15, Zola Olson 5, Brooke Edlund 2 … 3-point shots: Geistfeld 4, Olson 1 … Rebound leader: Randt 14 … Assist leader: Olson 4, Randt 4 … Steal leader: Olson 2 ... Block leader: Olson 1, Randt 1, Geistfeld 1

Wrestling

Dragon Open

Ridgewater’s Tristian Lang came home with the championship Saturday in the White Division of Minnesota State-Moorhead’s Dragon Open.

Lang, a sophomore from Hutchinson, beat Cristian Lagunes of Minot State 4-3 to win the 133-pound championship.

Ridgewater had four other wrestlers place in the top five.

Cole Holien, a freshman from Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, placed third at 141 after going 3-1 with one pin. Holien pinned Northland’s Christian Kirchner at 6 minutes, 38 seconds in the third-place match. At 184, Maxwell Whitney finished fourth and Ross Meskimen took fifth. Whitney lost to Northern State’s Ryan Hirschkorn 13-0 in the third-place match. Whitney is a sophomore from Renton, Washington. Meskimen beat William Howell of the St. Thomas Wrestling Club by fall in 2:42 in the fifth-place match. Meskimen is a freshman from Rogers.

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At 285, Ridgewater’s Charlie Farhat finished third. Farhat defeated Augustana’s Max Balow 8-1 in the third-place match. Farhat is a sophomore from Willmar.

How Ridgewater fared
Key: (Weight, name, won-loss, place)

133: Tristan Lang, 3-0, first  … 141: Cole Holien, 3-1, third … 157: Timmy Johnson, 1-2 … 184: Maxwell Whitney, 1-2, fourth; Ross Meskimen, 2-2, fifth … 197: Johan Rodvik, 2-2; Rick Jones, 0-2 … 285: Charlie Farhat, 5-1, third; Austin Schlangen, 1-2

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