After the first of a two-day run at the NJCAA tournament Friday in Rochester, Minn., North Idaho’s wrestling team is in fifth place with 49.5 points.
Defending champion Iowa Central leads the tournament with 86.5 points.
The Cardinals, who entered the tournament ranked seventh, have four wrestlers in today’s semifinals, including No. 2 seeds Heinrich Barnes (141 pounds) and Kyle Sand (184). Seventh seed Evan Mattingly (197) earned a semifinal bout with top-ranked Elijah Martinez of Labette, and heavyweight Robbie Shaw, who was unranked heading into the tournament, also made it to the semis.
Brandon Palaniuk of Lakeland High School, who joined the team after Josh Manes was unable to compete because of illness, won his opening bout at 133 but lost in the second round and again in his second consolation bout.
Seven players scored in double figures, led by Shawn Henderson who came off the bench for 19 points, and North Idaho defeated Eastern Utah 94-85 in Scenic West Conference play at Price, Utah.
Nick Livi added 17 points for the Cardinals’ (16-11, 8-9) balanced scoring attack. Tyler Kepkay led five Golden Eagles (17-10, 8-9) in double figures with 23 points.
Randy Boone escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the ninth inning as No. 13 Texas held off Washington State 4-2 in the first of a three-game series at Austin, Texas.
Jeff Miller and Greg Lagreid both hit solo home runs in the fourth to score the Cougars’ (2-2) only runs. Preston Clark’s solo home run in the third proved to be the decisive run for the Longhorns (8-5).
•Trent Lockwood’s two-run home run in the third inning was the difference as Texas-San Antonio (1-6) defeated Gonzaga 4-3 at the Southwest Diamond Classic in Frisco, Texas.
Brandon Harmon pitched all eight innings for the Bulldogs (3-8), allowing four runs and striking out three.
College track and field
Matt Wauters took home the weight throw title with an NCAA provisional toss of 68 feet, 1 ½ inches to help push the Idaho men into first place with 59 points after the first day of the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships at Nampa, Idaho.
Russ Winger took third in the weight toss with a provisional-qualifying mark of 66-4 ¼. Kevin Pabst finished second in the long jump, while freshman Mike Carpenter finished third in the pole vault and fourth in the 200-meter dash. Benjamin Mimoun took third in the 200, and Kevin Friesen finished third in the 5,000 run.
Freshman Mykael Bothum broke a school record on the women’s side with a toss of 49-9 ¼ in the shot put, good enough for third place. The women are in sixth place with 20 points.
•Washington State’s sprinters and long jumpers led the scoring for the Cougars during the first day at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships in Seattle.
Justin Woods finished second in the men’s 200, and Jaycee Robertson placed fifth. Woods also ran an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 6.73 seconds in the 60 dash prelims. WSU sits in eighth place with 12 points.
On the women’s side, Princess Joy Griffey placed sixth in the 200 and dropped her freshman school record time in the 60 to 7.47 in the prelims. WSU finished the day in seventh place with 13 points.
•Sarah Hegna took second place in the pole vault and was Easter Washington’s top finisher during the first day of the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship at Bozeman, Mont.
David Paul finished third in the shot put for the men’s team.
The men are in fourth place with 19 points, and the women finished the day in eighth with 18 points.
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