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December 11, 2008 3:30 am

Trapper wrestlers to face NIC

Written by Tribune Staff

Southwest Oregon also on tap for NWC

The eighth-ranked Northwest College wrestling team is scheduled to wrap up the first half the 2008-09 this weekend with dual meets against No. 6 North Idaho College and No. 10 Southwest Oregon Community College in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

NWC will enter those contests after conducting a road trip through Iowa late last week that included a series of four dual meets. During last week's road swing, NWC suffered a 31-10 setback against second-ranked Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Thursday. The Trappers then traveled to Mason City, Iowa, where they went 2-1.

The weekend victories in Mason City came against Ellsworth College and fifth-ranked North Iowa Area Community College. Against Ellsworth, NWC posted a 24-21 victory. In the matchup with fifth-ranked NIACC, the Trappers emerged as a 32-18 winner. The setback, a 27-21 loss, came at the hands of Rochester Community and Technical College.

Among the highlights of last week's action in Iowa, according to NWC assistant coach Cort Petersen, was the performance of freshman Tyler Jones at 157. Jones notched a perfect 4-0 mark. Heavyweight entry and NWC freshman Landon Harris also was 4-0.

“Tyler did an excellent job for us,” Petersen said. “He's really coming on strong right now.”

Petersen also noted that freshman and 184-pound entry Dustin Baldwin, who has been on the disabled list almost all season, saw his first action of the season and picked up his first junior college victory. Baldwin's victory came against NIAC, and he won his bout via fall at the 6:35 mark.

“It was a barn burner,” Petersen said of Baldwin's first victory. “He's a guy that's going to have a chance to score a lot of points for us this season once he's 100 percent healthy.”

Petersen said 141-pounder Anthony Varnell continued his comeback effort after knee surgery earlier this year, and noted that McCade Ford, also a 141-pound entry, is still getting better each time he steps on the mat.

With the first half of the season coming to a close this weekend, Petersen said now is the time for the Trappers to start showing more improvement.

“We've got a lot of young guys on the team, and we're looking for them to eliminate the mistakes you see with freshmen wrestlers,” Petersen said. “They've been working hard, and we've been pleased with the progress we've seen.”