West wrestlers take on Northland and Ridgewater
Damon Ashworth won twice by fall to lead the Minnesota West wrestling team in a triangular meet Thursday at the college gym.
WORTHINGTON -- Damon Ashworth won twice by fall to lead the Minnesota West wrestling team in a triangular meet Thursday at the college gym.
Ashworth, a former high school state champion from Excelsior Springs, Mo., won his first match against Northland by fall in 1:47. He then took on a Ridgewater opponent and prevailed via fall in 3:23.
Northland defeated Minnesota West 30-18, and Ridgewater edged the Bluejays 18-16. In another dual, Ridgewater outscored Northland 27-24.
Minnesota West is operating at less than full strength in November, but the Jays who are wrestling are doing well.
Ayden Reinhardt defeated his Northland opponent 6-3 on Thursday at 133 pounds. Ethan Kovars won 6-0 at 197 pounds and Jacob Vogel won by forfeit at 141. Of the six West wrestlers who competed on the mat, four of them were winners.
West also won four of six matches against Ridgewater. Kyler Grems won his match 7-4 at 149 pounds. Vogel won 16-2 at 141. And at heavyweight, Kovars was an 8-3 winner in a match that went into overtime.
“Vogel and Ashworth continue to wrestle really well,” said West head coach Randy Baker. “And Kovars, these were his first two matches. He’s got some stuff. We’ve gotta work on conditioning yet. But we didn’t give it up.”
There are seven wrestlers on the Minnesota West squad as of now, and it’s less than certain that any more will add to the lineup. Baker likes what he’s got, however, though he still maintains that some of the matmen need to work on confidence.
To the aggressor, said the coach, go the rewards.
“When you let guys hang around … it’s kind of like the Vikings,” he said in a reference to the near-miss NFL team.