The Northwest College wrestling team has been fighting an unexpected opponent this season: mother nature.
Due to weather events and other unforeseen circumstances the team has dropped almost half its matches this season. The schedule gaps have caused two roughly month-long lapses in competition for the Trappers.
After competing at the NJCAA Duals in Miami, Okla. Jan. 11 the team opted out of two separate January meets and will not hit the mats again until its annual home Apodaca Dual Showdown this weekend.
The Trappers lost their first four matches at the duals but took out Labette Community College 36-12 in their tournament finale. In that square off Boburjon Berdiyorov (141), Palmer Schafer (149), Logan Sondrup (165) and Porter Fox (194) picked up wins.
Though they lost a 24-16 nailbiter in the third dual of the tournament against Ellsworth Community College, the Trappers posted four wins with pins from William Fish (133), Schafer, Sondrup and Yair Moran (174). Sondrup’s win featured a 10-9 decision.
Schafer and Moran were the Trapper’s top performers from the duals, each going 4-1 in the tournament. In the tournament opener Schafer took down a member of the No. 2 Northeast Oklahoma A&M College team. He has won eight of his 10 matches this season, one of which was due to medical forfeit.
Before the duals the Trappers had a 41-day break in wrestling after their Dec. 8 match against the University of Providence was cancelled.
At the Battle of the Rockies Open in Great Falls, Mont., in early December, Daniel Jordan (285) went 2-0 during the Trappers’ three losses that weekend, while Dawson Barfuss (197) placed 6th in the individual event.
Northwest will next face off against Western Wyoming on Friday at 7 p.m. and Northeastern Junior College, 11 a.m. Saturday at Cabre Gym.
From there the Trappers will have one more match before heading to the NJCAA Rocky Mountain District Finals in Sterling, Colo., Feb. 16, a qualifier for the NJCAA National Championships in early March.