The Northwestern wrestlers defeated Wayne State on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 31-13. Sophomore Diego Quintana pinned his opponent in 2:46 at 125 pounds to kick off the night. Freshman JL Mayo won by major decision, 18-7, at 141. Sophomore Jerod Flores won by decision at 149, 12-10, and at 157, freshman Mark Evjen won by fall in 5:11.
Freshman Jesse McCann beat his opponent by decision, 11-9, at 165. At 184, freshman Chris Michael got a pin in 5:35, and senior Zane Platt rounded out the line-up with a 9-4 win by decision at 285.
Three Red Raiders fought their way through a field of 500 wrestlers and placed in the Auggie Brute Adidas Open in Minneapolis, Minn., on Nov. 20.
Sophomore Tyler Hatch placed third in the 133-pound Silver Division with two wins by decision, 10-4 and 3-2. Freshman Ryan McLaurin got a well-placed bye to get fourth place in the 184-pound Bronze Division. Sophomore Pedro Ruiz lost his first match in the 133-pound C1 Division but then won by major decision, 16-7, to earn fifth place.
Four other Raiders won matches in the tournament: junior Matt Dowell by major decision, 9-0, in the 141-pound Gold Division; sophomore Jerod Flores by a 7-2 decision in the 149 Gold; freshman Mark Evjen at 157 Silver; and senior Luke Evjen at 184 Gold.
NW is set to take on Grand View tonight in Des Moines before traveling to Indianola for the Simpson Invitational tomorrow, Dec. 4.