MSU-Northern wrestling resumed practice over the weekend. This has been the first time they have taken the mat since the Spokane Open, where ten lights placed in their respective weight classes. Coach Tyson Thivierge spoke with New Media Broadcasters and reflected on what happened two weeks ago.
“It was a better showing in a weaker tournament,” Thivierge said. “We entered 18 guys. We had eight in the semis. We ended up placing ten guys and they all ended up in the top four, but we only punched three out of eight into the finals (, s0) that’s not a very good round for a team trying to compete for a national championship.”
The team been off the mat for competition the last couple of weeks due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Coach Thivierge told New Media Broadcasters what the growing pains were when there was that much time off.
“I hate breaks,” Thivierge said. “But for Thanksgiving break, you give (the wrestlers) three to four days off.”
“This year, the school decided to do a fall break, so it turned everything upside down on us and they got a full five days off,” Thivierge continued. “It showed Saturday night when they got back from practice. We had some very chunky boys after Thanksgiving.”
“Right now is just trying to prep for this coming Friday against the No. 3 team in the country, so that’s the task at hand,” Thivierge said.
The Lights will have their rematch with the University of Providence this Friday followed by “The Battle of the Rockies” on Saturday with both events taking place in Great Falls. New Media Broadcasters will bring you a preview story later this week.