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JUCO Wrestling: NIACC tops Iowa Central, 26-23


This news story was published on February 25, 2021.
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Photo (Via NIACC): NIACC’s 197-pounder Jose Valdez controls Iowa Central’s Hugo Harp in their match Wednesday night in the NIACC gym.

MASON CITY – The No. 9 NIACC wrestling team edged No. 6 Iowa Central 26-23 in an ICCAC dual meet Wednesday night in the NIACC gym.

NIACC (2-1 in duals) picked up pins from Clarence Lee-Green (125) and Jose Valdez (197).

Lee-Green (2-1) pinned Iowa Central’s Chad Klein in :35 and Valdez (3-0) stuck the Tritons’ Hugo Harp in 6:27 for his second fall of the season. Lee-Green, who is ranked third in Intermat’s NJCAA Division I rankings at 125, improved his career record to 21-11 with six falls.

NIACC also received a technical fall from 165-pounder Christian Minto, who is ranked second, and a decision from 184-pound freshman Chase McCleish.

Minto (3-0) improved his career record to 25-1 with a 16-1 technical fall of Keaton Geerts. It was Minto’s fifth career technical fall.

McCleish (2-1) took a 3-1 decision from the Tritons’ Aiden Carr.

NIACC returns to action March 7 at the NJCAA North Central District meet in Council Bluffs.

NIACC 26, Iowa Central 23

125 – Clarence Lee-Green (N) pinned Chad Klein, :35; 133 – Aidan Harris (IC) dec. Quentrevion Campbell, 9-4; 141 – Amir Pierce (IC) pinned Kael Glenn, 1:28; 149 – Brody Hawtrey (N) won by forfeit; 157 – Andrew Gamble (IC) dec. Josh Barretta, 11-4.
165 – Christian Minto (N) tech. fall Keaton Geerts, 16-1; 174 – Jose Rodriguez (IC) pinned Randry Mugisha, 3:54; 184 – Chase McCleish (N) dec. Aidan Carr, 3-1; 197 – Jose Valdez (N) pinned Hugo Harp, 6:27; 285 – Jorden Pryor (IC) tech. fall Troy Monahan III, 21-6.

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