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College wrestling: Jones leads Ridgewater at RCTC tournament

Warriors sophomore places sixth at 197 pounds

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ROCHESTER — The Ridgewater wrestling team had two wrestlers place in the top eight in the season-opening Yellowjacket Open hosted by Rochester Community and Technical College on Saturday.

The Warriors’ top finish came from 197-pound sophomore Rick Jones. He placed sixth after going 3-2 with a pair of falls. Jones is a Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg grad from De Graff.

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At heavyweight, freshman Austin Schlangen placed eighth for Ridgewater. He was 3-2 with three pins. Schlangen is from Watkins and is an Eden Valley-Watkins alum.

Outside of Ridgewater, three other wrestlers with area ties competed at the Yellowjacket Open:

  • St. Cloud State redshirt freshman Tyson Meyer (Minnewaska) placed third at 184 with a 3-1 record. 
  • Augustana freshman Coy Gunderson (KMS) went 5-1 and finished sixth at 165. 
  • Minnesota West freshman Joe Kallevig (Willmar) went 1-2 at 165. 

Ridgewater returns to action Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Dakota Wesleyan Open in Mitchell, South Dakota.

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Yellowjacket Open

How Ridgewater fared
Key: (Weight, name, won-loss, place)
141: Cole Holien, 0-2 … 149: Brady Holien, 1-2; Taedon Nichols, 2-2 … 157: Wilhem Yasseri, 2-2; Timmy Johnson, 0-2 … 184: Maxwell Whitney, 1-2; Ross Meskimen, 0-2 … 197: Rick Jones, 3-2, sixth; Johan Rodvik, 0-2 … 285: Austin Schlangen, 3-2, eighth; Charlie Farhat, 2-2

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