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College wrestling: Minnesota West sees some success at Itasca

GRAND RAPIDS -- The Minnesota West Community and Technical College wrestling team captured three wins on the mat Tuesday night in a dual meet against Itasca.

At 157 pounds, Tre'Veon Williams won by fall over the Vikings' Hunter Manka. At 165 pounds, Braydon Johnson won by injury default over Brandon Held. And at 174, Dorian Franklin won by 9-2 decision over Cody Sawyer.

Johnson was leading his match 3-2 when it was called in the second period.

Itasca won the match 36-21, taking advantage of three forfeits. At 125 pounds, Itasca's Drew Van Vleet pinned the Bluejays' Chris Romero. At 184, West's Austin Buchhoz lost in a first-period fall to the Vikings' Dalton Bernett. At 197, West's Kezery Lebeau won by forfeit. And at heavyweight, West's Elijah Riemer lost in a first-period fall to Alex Erpelding.

Itasca is nationally ranked.

"Tre wrestled with good energy and got us a pin to get started," said Minnesota West head coach Bryan Cowdin. "Braydon was in a close match until it was called because of a knee injury. Held is one of Itasca's better wrestlers. Braydon wrestled smart and followed through with his shots. Dorian wrestled a solid seven minutes, controlling the match on top and on his feet. He's really starting to hit his stride."

Cowdin said the Jays are missing 149-pounder Adam Rients to a knee injury and 141-pounder Josh Bert to an ankle injury. They may return in a week or two.

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