College wrestling: Ridgewater takes third at regional in Willmar

College wrestling report for Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Rochester wins the team title, followed by Itasca in NJCAA Region 13 tournament.


WILLMAR — The host Ridgewater wrestling team wound up in third place at the NJCAA Region 13 tournament Sunday.

The Warriors had two second-place and three third-place finishes in the five-team tournament.

Rochester Community & Technical College won the regional with 119 points. Itasca Community College was second with 86.5 points. Ridgewater took third with 44, followed by Minnesota West of Worthington with 40 and Northland with 34.5.

Tristan Lang and Will Yasseri each took second place for the Warriors. Lang, a 133-pounder from Hutchinson, beat Lorenzo Paez of Itasca 7-5 in overtime in the semifinals. He then fell to Cael Bartels of Rochester 5-2 in the final.

Yasseri, a 157-pounder from Rogers, pinned Joshua Worral of Itasca in 1:00 in the first round, then lost to William VonRuden of Rochester, 10-6 in the final.


WrestlingNJCAA Region 13Team scoring(1) Rochester 119 … (2) Itasca 86.5 … (3) Ridgewater 44 … (4) Minnesota West 40 … (5) Northland 34.5.How Ridgewater faredKey: (Weight, name, won-loss, place)133: Tristan Lang, 1-1, second place … 141: Sawyer Varpness, 1-2, third place … 157: Will Yasseri, 1-1, second place … 174: Fischer Drury, 0-2, fourth place … 184: Ethan Roux, 1-1, third place … 197: Richard Jones, 1-2, third place … 285: Johan Rodvik, 1-2, third place 

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