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Tritons handle Minnesota West

December 13, 2012
By JOSH MEYER - Messenger Sports Writer (sports@messengernews.net) , Messenger News

Luke Moffitt's Iowa Central wrestling team put on a clinic in front of its home fans Wednesday night.

The sixth-ranked (NJCAA) Tritons (2-0 overall) prevailed in eight matches en route to a resounding 46-6 dual victory over short-handed Minnesota West at Hodges Fieldhouse.

"Our guys just went right to work and got the job done," said Moffitt, who now owns an 88-5 record against junior colleges in his nine years at the helm. "I always like seeing those quick falls, which gets the fans excited and is obviously what we want.

"As a team, we're moving in the right direction."

Tristan Bundy, a sophomore, set the tone early for the Tritons with a 16-4 major decision against John Bush at 125 pounds. Bundy collected four takedowns, two three-point near falls and a reversal.

From there, Iowa Central received pins from Stephen Mincey (141 pounds), Kris Lehman (149), Devin Geoghegan (157) and Chris Ballard (285). Mincey, Geoghegan and Ballard all downed their opponents in the first period, while Lehman needed just 3:16 to beat Mike Tanner.

Fact Box

IOWA CENTRAL 46, MINNESOTA WEST 6

125 - Tristan Bundy, ICCC major dec. John Bush, 16-4; 133 - Tyler Reiste, ICCC won by forfeit; 141 - Stephen Mincey, ICCC pinned Matt Magner, 1:42; 149 - Kris Lehman, ICCC pinned Mike Tanner, 3:16; 157 - Devin Geoghegan, ICCC pinned Jadon Evans, 2:30; 165 - Dillon Geoghegan, ICCC won by forfeit; 174 - Greg Gainey, MW dec. Cody Harrison, 5-4; 184 - Jerrell Ferguson, MW dec. Joe Stanton, 5-2; 197 - Brandon Bradney, ICCC won by forfeit; 285 - Chris Ballard, ICCC pinned Tavarus Poindexter, :40.

"I was happy to see Devin take control from the start," Moffitt said. "Ballard's match was a fun one to watch, too."

Tyler Reiste (133), Dillon Geoghegan (165) and Brandon Bradney (197) each added forfeit wins for the Tritons.

Earning triumphs by decision for the Blue Jays were Greg Gainey (174) and Jerrell Ferguson (184).

"We're making improvement and slowly getting there, but a lot of our kids are still pretty inexperienced (Iowa Central's lineup featured three true freshmen and four redshirts Wednesday)," said Moffitt, who previously guided the Tritons to five straight NJCAA national team titles from 2006-2010. "We need to stay patient and make sure we're at our best at the end of the season."

Iowa Central managed a 10-4 advantage in takedowns last evening.

Following the holiday break, the Tritons return to action Jan. 12-13 at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Springfield, Ill.

 
 

 

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