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NWC Wrestling Loses Dual 22-21 By Fourth Criterion

Posted by: Trapper Athletics — November 25, 2016

By BREANNE THIEL Tribune Sports Writer
Courtesy of the Powell Tribune

Northwest College’s wrestling team lost to MSU-Northern (Havre, Montana) by a bonus point award after being tied at 21 at the conclusion of all the matches.

Wrestling duals can no longer result in a tie, so a tie-breaking system has been put into place to give a single point to whichever team meets the criterion. 

The tie-breaker system was then put into effect, and it went down to the fourth criterion to give MSU-Northern the bonus point and the win 22-21. 

The fourth criterion is the team with the greatest number of match points. 

The dual, which occurred at the high school in Laurel, Montana on Nov. 16, started with a exhibition match between Clayton Carter of MSU-Northern and Colton Parham. Parham lost by a 7-3 decision. 

To start the point earning matches was the 125 pound weight class between Matthew Barfuss and Robert Pair. 

Pair beat Barfuss by a 6-4 decision, giving MSU-Northern its first three points. 

Next up was the 133-pound weight class where Dylan Lockwood would get another six points for MSU-Northern by a forfeiture. 

Riley Loveless at 141 pounds would get Northwest’s first three points with a 2-0 decision over Dylan Veis. 

Going into the 149-pound weight class, the score was 9-3 MSU-Northern. 

Drake Randall would add three points, making the score 12-3 MSU-Northern with a 6-5 decision over Garrett Wood. 

A forfeiture by MSU-Northern at 157 pounds yielded six points for NWC and wrestler Cameron Braden to close the score to 12-9 MSU-Northern. 

Andrew VonRein at 165 pounds would give NWC a three-point lead with a win by fall 3:47 against Drew Randal. 

Northwest’s Reece Prosser would add another three points with a 5-1 decision over Steeler French. 

With the score 18-12 for NWC going into the 184-pound weight class match, Ben Stroh of MSU-Northern would close the gap by three with an 8-3 decision over Heber Shepherd. 

But Trapper Jeffrey Oakes would cancel out those points with a 12-6 decision over Dace Fisher. 

Going into the final match of the night, the heavyweights, NWC was up by six points with the score at 21-15. 

MSU-Northern’s Taylor Kornoely would pin Colt Horn at 6:13 to tie the team scores for the dual at 21, creating the need for the tiebreaker criterion.