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College wrestling: Minnesota West locks horns in Rochester

ROCHESTER -- The Minnesota West wrestling team wasn't able to bring a full squad to Rochester on Wednesday, but the main story was: a squad was sent.

"It's going to take time," said head coach Bryan Cowdin. "I'm just happy we were wrestling duals again."

In the previous wrestling season, the Bluejays weren't able to wrestle duals due to a lack of healthy matmen. On Wednesday, they got a first-period fall at 157 pounds from Norwood-Young America graduate Wallace Michaels, who put his man down in the first period.

At 165 pounds, West's most successful wrestler so far this year, Michael Preuss, led his match before making an unsuccessful attempt to throw his opponent. Instead, the Adrian High School grad was pinned.

Worthington High School grad Hser Moo Pwae was pinned at 133 pounds. Another former Trojan, 184-pounder King Blanchette, returned from a knee injury but was forced out due to injury default. Heavyweight Austin Pulse was pinned in his match.

Cowdin said he was pleased with the efforts of his wrestlers.

"I liked how we wrestled. It just looked like a lot of improvement," he said.