Iowa Western edges NIACC, 24-21

NIACC's Tony Mendoza pins Iowa Western's Melvin Hernandez in their 149-pound match Wednesday in the NIACC gym.
NIACC's Tony Mendoza pins Iowa Western's Melvin Hernandez in their 149-pound match Wednesday in the NIACC gym.

MASON CITY - The NIACC wrestling team dropped a 24-21 decision to No. 11 Iowa Western in an ICCAC dual meet Wednesday night in the NIACC gym.

NIACC (0-3 in duals) picked up wins from Mark Gonzales (125), Hunter Luke (141), Tony Mendoza (149) and Zach Santee (285). Gonzales (3-2), Luke (9-3) and Mendoza (8-4) all won by fall and Santee (5-6) won by decision.

NIACC returns to action Jan. 5 at at the Central College Invitational in Pella.

Iowa Western 24, NIACC 21

125 - Mark Gonzales (N) pinned Isaac Garcia, 4:46; 133 - Jacob Ruiz (IW) dec. Brock Luthens, 11-4; 141 - Hunter Luke (N) pinned Gad Huseman, 4:36; 149 - Tony Mendoza (N) pinned Melvin Hernandez, 2:22; 157 - Guy Sudmann (IW) dec. Julian Giustiniano, 6-1.

165 - Pedro Medina (IW) won by forfeit; 174 - Olen Brattlin (IW) pinned Mason Carpenter, 4:30; 184 - Tim Barr (IW) dec. Reldon Miller, 10-4; 197 - Ethan Poppe (IW) dec. Holt Truax, 6-4; 285 - Zach Santee (N) dec. Jon Hamilton, 10-4.