By Special to the Havre Daily News
It was a good weekend for the Northern wrestling team as nine grapplers went undefeated and two only loss one match.
"There were some good matches and exciting wins. We have some guys mentally where they should be and others that need to put some more effort in getting themselves prepared. Especially veterans Bobby Mantle, Brent Riggin, and Kyle Fisher whom were capable of winning all their matches. All three of them had mental breakdowns. They sometimes did this same thing last year, its not something new. It is frustrating from a coaching standpoint when we talk openly about mental and physical preparation and there is no change in results," commented Coach Ray.
It was more of a triangular meet with only Northwest College, Dickinson State and Northern competing, teammates did not compete against one another.
The coaching staffs were impressed with the performances of Carl Valley who dominated a formable opponent in Kyle Kilgore. Josh Wright, Aaron Jensen and Lance Nelson all three competed with intensity and demonstrated solid fundamentals. Tyson Thivierge who recorded two pins with his nonstop continuous intense pressure. Emmett Willson who probably set the tempo for the team by defeating the highly recruited Poland wrestler Robert Roszkiewicz, of Northwest College by a score of 12-1 and Mike Lester who defeated all three of his opponents by pins.
It was an early test to prepare Northern for the Thursday at 8 p.m. showdown with the defending 2001 Junior College National
Champions, the North Idaho Cardinals.
The November 15th issue of "Wrestling USA", which has already been released, had its NAIA preview with MSU-N ranked #1. Rounding out the top 5 were Southern Oregon, Univ. of Mary, Wisconsin-Parkside and Lindenwood Univeristy. Northern had 9 wrestlers ranked in the top 6. Top ranked is Tyson Thivierge at 184 lbs. at #1.
Listed are the results (records) of the Northwest Open, by weight class:
125 lbs. Carl Valley 1-0
133 lbs. Caleb Schaeffer 3-0
133 lbs. Andy Thompson 2-0
141 lbs. Joc Muir 0-3
149 lbs. Bobby Mantle 3-1
149 lbs. Brent Riggin 2-2
149 lbs. Kyle Nay 2-2
149 lbs. Tim Kaczmarek 0-4
157 lbs. Josh Wright 3-0
157 lbs. Aaron Jensen 3-0
157 lbs. Lance Nelson 3-0
157 lbs. Ron Oliver 1-3
165 lbs. Mike Lester 3-0
174 lbs. Kyle Fisher 3-1
184 lbs. Tyson Thivierge 2-0
197 lbs. Emmett Willson 2-0
HWT Trevor Nelson 0-2