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WRESTLING: Cardinal Wrestling Team Knocks Off NJCAA No. 2 Ranked Western Wyoming En Route to History


Your North Idaho College Cardinals took to the mats in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Cliff Keen Invitational over the weekend. Before entering the tournament, the Cardinals squared off with Western Wyoming Community College, the No. 2 Ranked team in the NJCAA. The contest came down the final match of the evening against Western, with the Mustangs leading 18-16 in the team score. It was 285 pounds that decided the dual, with Sophomore Connor Sullivan winning the contest with an overtime victory over Western’s Landon Brown, ending the dual and giving the Cardinal’s the victory in an exciting 19-18 final score to reach their 700th win.

Following the dual victory against Western Wyoming, the Cards had little time to celebrate as they immediately jumped into the second dual of the evening against UNLV. The Cardinal squad made quick work of the Rebels, earning bonus point wins in most of the matches.

Your NIC Cards finished the weekend by competing in the prestigious Cliff Keen Invitational. Considered the toughest collegiate competition next to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, the Cardinals were able to compete among over 100 (there are only 200 ranked DI Wrestlers total) ranked Division I competitors from the Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12, ACC, EIWA and many other Division I Conferences.

North Idaho College 19, Western Wyoming Community College 18

125: Jaxon Cole (WWC) over Jacob Frias (NIC) (Fall 3:00)
133: Nicholas Hara (NIC) over Joey Revelli (WWC) (Dec 6-2)
141: Dylan Lockwood (NIC) over Kyle Evans (WWC) (Dec 7-5)
149: Hasaan Hawthorne (NIC) over Jake Thompson (WWC) (Dec 13-6)
157: Samuel Freeman (WWC) over Cooper McCullough (NIC) (Dec 10-8)
165: Izaiah Duran (NIC) over Jace Anderson (WWC) (MD 18-4)
174: Trager Abatti (NIC) over Wyatt Monroe (WWC) (Dec 3-2)
184: Tucker Tomlinson (WWC) over Christian Grover (NIC) (Dec 11-6)
197: Connor Kirkland (WWC) over Hunter Gregerson (NIC) (Fall 5:00)
285: Connor Sullivan (NIC) over Landon Brown (WWC) (Dec 3-1)

North Idaho College 48, UNLV 6

125 Jake Garrison NIC w forfeit
133 Nick Hara NIC w forfeit
141 Dylan Lockwood win Dec Bravo UNLV
149 Hasaan Hawthorne win Maj dec Egbalic UNLV
157 Cooper Mccullough win fall Edmondson UNLV
165 Izaiah Duran win fall Ruth UNLV
174 Austin Burrell win fall Talledo UNLV
184 Christian Grover win tech Kilgore UNLV
197 Hunter Gregerson win fall Slater UNLV
285 Miller UNLV wins Forfeit
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