Jan. 25: NIC wrestlers handle Simon Fraser
Often the opening contest of a wrestling dual match can set the tone between two evenly matched teams.
Fortunately this wasn’t the case for North Idaho College, as NIC overcame a major decision loss in the first match of the night, but went on to defeat Simon Fraser, 32-15 at Christianson Gymnasium.
The win was NIC’s fourth straight dual match win after starting the season at 4-4-1. It also marked a return to a home mat win after suffering back-to-back home losses for the first time in school history.
Freshman Brandon Palaniuk (133 pounds) got NIC headed in the right direction with a second period pin over Simon Fraser’s Alex Tuura. Cardinal freshman Travis Temple started the evening with a loss when he was defeated by technical fall 17-2 in the opening 125 weight class. Paluniuk is a second semester addition to the Cardinal roster and is undefeated in four dual matches to help spark NIC’s resurgence.
Returning All-Americans Henrich Barnes (141) and Coby Jones (149) both scored victories, while fellow All-American Kyle Sand (184) sealed the win for the Cardinals with a first-period pin against Russell Mayert. Sophomore Evan Mattingly (197) finished the Cardinal scoring with a decisive 20-5 victory, manhandling Ali Al-rekabi for a technical fall in less than two periods.
“It’s a step in the right direction,” said NIC head wrestling coach Pat Whitcomb. “It’s a good set-up to head into the upcoming weekend tournament against three of the top-ranked teams in the country.”
125 Raj Virdi (SF) technical fall over Travis Temple (NIC) 17-2
133 Brandon Palaniuk (NIC) pinned Alex Tuura (SF) 1:30 (two periods)
141 Heinrich Barnes (NIC) defeated Bo Gregson 8-5
149 Coby Jones (NIC) defeated Issac Wing (SF) 11-7
157 Dustin Fowler (NIC) won by forfeit
165 David Krawczyk (SF) defeated Lee Morrison (NIC) 16-8
174 Brett Owen (NIC) defeated Paul Murphy (SF) 5-3
184 Kyle Sand (NIC) pinned Russel Mayert (SF) 2:13 (one period)
197 Evan Mattingly (NIC) technical fall over Ali Al-Rekabi 20-5
285 Arjan Bhullar (SF) defeated Robby Shaw (NIC) 6-4For More Information
NIC Head Wrestling Coach Pat Whitcomb, (208) 769-7870Posted: Monday, Jan. 29, 2007