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Trapper Wrestlers Go 3-1 In Nebraska Duals

Posted by: Trapper Athletics — January 18, 2018

By BREANNE THIEL Tribune Sports Writer
Courtesy of the Powell Tribune

The Northwest College wrestling team won three out of four duals while competing at the University of Nebraska-Kearney Duals on Friday. The Trappers beat Neosho Community College 32-18, Colby Community College 35-3 and Cloud County Community College 30-6. The lone loss on the day was to Iowa Central, 43-10.

“I was actually pretty pleased with that,” head coach Jim Zeigler said of the 3-1 record. “I thought the kids wrestled pretty well.”

The first dual of the tournament was against Iowa Central, the No. 8 ranked team in the nation. 

“We took a pretty good beating by Iowa Central. They’re a good team; they’re really tough,” Zeigler said of the 43-10 loss. 

NWC’s two wins came from Nodir Safarov at 125 pounds — with a 16-5 major decision win — and Jeffrey Oakes with a pin in 4:08 at 184 pounds. Both Safarov and Oakes are currently ranked second in the nation. 

The second dual was against Neosho County Community College, where NWC won 32-18. The third dual was a 35-3 victory over Colby Community College, while the fourth was a win over Cloud County Community College 30-6. 

“Generally speaking, the effort was good, progress was consistent throughout each match. They seemed to get a little better and momentum seemed to build in their favor; confidence seems to be better,” Zeigler said. “It’s hard to come out of the chutes and wrestle one of the better teams in the country in Iowa Central and get whipped pretty good and then turn around and come back nicely. So I was happy with them overall, I thought it was a good event for us.”

On Saturday, the Trapper wrestling team will compete in Sterling, Colorado, at the Plainsman Duals.

OVERALL RECORDS FOR THE DUALS
125---Nodir Safarov------- 2-0-0
125---Rocky Ciminera ------ 1-0-1
133---Taylor Jeffries ------- 3-1-0
141 ---Palmer Schafer ------0-2-2
149 -- Nic Urbach -----------1-2-1
157--- Tate Allison --------- 3-1-0
165--- Logan Sondrup ------2-2-0
184 --  Jeffrey Oakes-------- 3-0-1
285 --  Davon Galindo ------2-2-0
(win, losses, wins by forfeiture)