Warren Brothers Lead Crusaders At NWA Tournament

Jesse GjefleWATERTOWN, Wis. – Three Crusader wrestlers made it to the third-place match in a successful Northern Wrestling Association Tournament on Saturday afternoon in Watertown, Wis.

In the 141-weight class, James Warren (Watertown, Wis.) placed fourth. Warren won his first match with a 17-11 decision then was pinned by Ostovich (MSOE) at 2:42 in his second match.

In his third match, Warren defeated Larson (MSOE) with a 17-0 major decision. In the match for third-place, Warren was tied at 5-5 and ended regulation in a 7-7 deadlock after picking up riding time. Warren succumbed to his opponent though, losing on a takedown and 9-7 final score.

Ricky Warren (Watertown, Wis.) took third-place in the tournament with an 11-7 decision over Eric Vogel (Knox).

In his first match, Warren posted a 15-3 major decision over Aaron Hoover (Knox) but was pinned by Greg Sanders (CUW) in the next bout. In his final round-robin match, Warren recorded a 5-3 decision over Jordan Semevolos (CUW).

Junior Jesse Gjefle (Ontario, Wis,) reached the third-place match in the 184-weight class on two byes and a 4-2 loss by decision. In the third-place match, Gjefle held a 5-5 tie in the second period and was down just 7-6 in the third before surrendering a 10-6 decision to Dylan Allison (MSOE).

Head coach Andy Peterson, a key reason for the individual successes of the Warren brothers and Gjefle, was voted as the NWA Coach of the Year.

Maranatha moves on to the NCAAIII Regional Tournament in Augsburg, Minn. on Saturday, March 2 at 9:00 a.m.