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ISSUE 120 VOL 7 PUBLISHED 11/10/2006

Wrestling splits openers

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, November 10, 2006

A fresh season began for the St. Olaf wrestling team last weekend in Forest City, Iowa, when participating in two duels against Knox College and Waldorf.

The Oles defeated Knox college with a 41-9 win. At 125 pounds, Collin Pitts ’'10 pinned his opponent with 29 seconds left. Dan Rysavy ‘10 (133) also pinned his opponent, Tim Yee in the second round and Thomas Kopietz ’'07 (174) received a major decision. In the heavyweight division, Knox’s Greg Liebach beat August Lambers ‘'07 by one point in overtime. Ian Gacheru ’'10 (141), Mike Peabody ‘'07 (157), and George Jimenez ‘'08 (184) all won by forfeit.

Coach Sean Ahrar, now beginning his second season, was missing some wrestlers during last week's duels.

“"We were short-handed because of the guys who are still in football, and not with us,”" Ahrar said. “"We had to forfeit six points because of that, and lost. Had we had our 197 pounder in the line up, we would have definitely won,”" Ahrar said.

After the Knox match, the Oles turned to their new challenger. At 125 pounds, Andres Arizmendi ‘'10 won by forfeit for the Oles, but Kent Scheff (197) won by forfeit for Waldorf. Rysavy, Nick Espinosa (149) and Kopietz gathered wins for St. Olaf.

With the score even at 21-21, eyes turned toward the heavyweight competition between Lambers and Warrior Jake Head. Ending in a loss, Waldorf claimed the match.

“"It'’s still early in season and we have a lot of work to do,"” Ahrar said.

He is anticipating the new season with a handful of new wrestlers.

This season, the Oles have six home duels scheduled and three away. The wrestlers travel to Dakota Wesleyan Nov. 11 for an all-day tournament. St. Olaf opens their home schedule on Nov 17 against York College of Nebraska.

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