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November 18, 2008 3:53 am

MSU-Northern edges Trappers

Written by Tribune Staff

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Northwest College heavyweight Landon Harris (left) defeated Montana State University-Northern's Robbie Shaw (right) via major decision last Thursday night in Powell. Tribune photo by David Dickey

An unexpected decision and a forfeit victory helped Montana State University-Northern to a 24-21 win over the Northwest College Trappers last Thursday in Powell.

NWC suffered the forfeit loss at 184, where the Trappers were without sophomore Josh Clark and freshman Dustin Baldwin. Both wrestlers were on the disabled list Thursday, and NWC head coach Jim Zeigler was left without anyone to fill the void.

The unexpected loss for the Trappers came at 165, where MSU-Northern senior Colter Dimas defeated sophomore Mason Peebles 4-0. During the NWC Open the weekend before last Thursday's dual meet, Peebles defeated Dimas 6-2. Coincidentally, Peebles avenged the loss to Dimas Saturday at the Cowboy Open in Laramie.

“That was a disappointing loss for us,” Zeigler said of Peebles' Thursday night setback. “Mason is one of our most experienced wrestlers, and he just didn't have a good night.”

Thursday's match opened with NWC freshman Eddie Whiting facing the formidable challenge of battling senior and NAIA All-American Corey Borges at 125. Zeigler said Whiting registered a solid effort despite losing via with 44 seconds remaining in the second period.

At 133, NWC freshman Jeff Wood replaced Saul Guerrero, who sat out with a sore knee. Coincidentally, Wood faced senior Colt Heger, who defeated Guerrero in the championship bout of the 133-pound weight class in the NWC Open. Guerrero wasn't able to overcome the talented freshman from Gillette. Wood held a slim lead throughout most of the bout and won 3-2.

“Jeff's a four-time state champion, so he knows how to win,” Zeigler said. “Saul's knee was hurting, so we decided to let Jeff jump in there, and he did a great job.”

After falling behind 6-3, NWC regained the lead in the match with a major decision by freshman McCade Ford over the Lights' Beau LaSalle. Ford opened a commanding 4-1 lead after the first period and continued to tack on points over the final two periods en route to a 12-4 victory, which put the Trappers ahead 7-6.

That lead, however, was short-lived as the Lights' Taylor Todd overcame an early 3-2, first-period deficit to NWC's Tyler Jones to win by a 7-5 margin in the 149-pound weight class.

With MSU-Northern ahead 9-7, the see-saw team score tipped back in the Trappers' favor at 11-9 following the 157-pound bout, thanks to Trapper Corey Woodruff's 12-4, major decision over redshirt freshman Mark Hobson.

Following Woodruff's victory, however, the meet turned in the Lights' favor with Dimas' win at 165, Austin Ouellette's pin against NWC freshman Tyrell Wright (174) and the forfeit at 184. The outcomes of those three bouts gave MSU-Northern a 24-11 advantage entering the matches at 197 and 285. But even with the team victory well in hand, the Trappers closed with strong efforts by Mak Jones (197) and Landon Harris (285).

Mak Jones, a freshman and two-time state champion from Powell High School, quickly disposed of sophomore Jonas Schenzel just more than a minute and half into the first period.

Harris, a freshman from Rexburg, Idaho, faced NAIA All-American Robbie Shaw. Harris built a 6-1 advantage after the first two periods before winning 14-6 for a major decision and four more team points for the Trappers.

• Up next: The Trappers' next contest will be in Powell Thursday against rival Western Wyoming. The start time for the match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.