Wrestling finishes, team free to pig out

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The Pacific men’s wrestling squad competed at the NCAA Great Lake Regionals in Sheboygan, Wis. on Feb. 21.

The Boxers came in 11th overall out of the 15 teams with 19 points.

Freshman Jared Bridgewater led the Boxers with a fifth place finish in the 285-pound division.

In his final match of the day, Bridgewater pinned the No. 6 seed, Timothy Day of Augustana, Illinois to claim his fifth place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional’s in Sheboygan, Wis., Feb. 26.

Bruce Balcita, and Jordan Branson also contributed coming away  winning two matches each.

Balcita won his first match of the day in the 165-pound weight class while Branson pinned his opponent in less than two minutes in the 184-pound division.

Pacific was the only division three college participating in the whole tournament.

“We felt good,” said Balcita. “It’s the combination of all our effort from the whole season.”

While Balcita and Branson were one point away from placing, Kody Kramer came away with the team’s best record of 17-15 and also collected two wins.

Balcita said that although the pressure on the Boxers for Regionals was on, but that did not stop the Boxers from putting it all together for the end of the season.

After the Boxers came in 11th, this meet was the end of the season for Branson and Kramer.

Balcita said that after all the effort the players put into their season, the end result was all worth it.

“It was fun, and once we got to the airport we could eat anything we wanted.”


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