MITCHELL, S.D. -- Wins were hard to come by for the Minnesota West college wrestlers on Saturday. But head coach Bryan Cowdin impressed with the effort and predicted it will help his recruits improve.

"The competition was solid. But lots of learning took place," Cowdin said.

Bluejays Chris Romero was 0-2 at 125 pounds, Rashawn Crumpler was 0-2 at 157, Tre Williams 0-2 at 165, Braydon Johnson 0-2 at 165, Kezery Lebeau 0-2 at 197 and Elijah Riemer 0-2 at heavyweight. Dorian Franklin became ill after weigh-in at 174 pounds and was unable to compete.

"Kez and Rashawn wrestled their first matches of the year. Braydon wrestled some tough kids but hung on. Very proud of him and the rest of the kids," Cowdin said. "Sometimes losing is rewarding because it humbles you, and you know what you need to get better at. Being a freshman in this sport is hard. You have to roll with the punches and press on."