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NAPERVILLE, ILL. - James Parker (Jr.-Milwaukee, Wis.) and Jeremy Kroeger (So.-Villa Park, Ill.) both made solid runs through their weight classes to lead the Lakeland College wrestlers at the North Central College Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
Parker won three matches in the wrestleback at 141 lbs. while Kroeger won twice and reached the semifinals at 197 lbs. to lead the Muskies. Lakeland finished with 13.5 points to place ninth of 10 teams competing in the invitational, which was won by Wabash (Ind.) College with 140 points.
Parker lost his first match but then defeated teammate Marcus McCauley (Fr.-Hillpoint, Wis.) to stay alive. He then won matches over Joseph Larson and Matthew Ostovich of Milwaukee School of Engineering before losing to Michael Venezia of Wabash.
Kroeger won decisions over Seth Kilkelly of Concordia University Wisconsin and Justin Meineke of Mount St. Joseph (Ind.) College before losing 13-7 to top seed Shane Seifert of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Kroeger then was eliminated by major decision by Casey Greenburg of North Central.
Eddie Terres (Fr.-Escanaba, Mich.) also won a pair of matches in the wrestleback at 184 lbs. He defeated Jake Chavarria of North Central by major decision and then won a second match by forfeit before being eliminated by Andrew Pettit of UW-Whitewater.
Alec Noa (Fr.-Westmont, Ill.) and Matt Damp (Fr.-Oconto Falls, Wis.) both finished 1-2 at 125 lbs., Joel Frias (Sr.-Oak Lawn, Ill.) added a win by a 6-5 decision over Mario Frye of Knox (Ill.) College at 141 lbs., and Wesley Colton (Fr.-Machesney Park, Ill.) defeated teammate Tyler Griswold head-to-head at 174 lbs. Andy Crivellone (So.-Oak Lawn, Ill.) also earned a win over Ryan Cook of Concordia Wisconsin in the wrestleback at 285 lbs., finishing 1-2 on the day.
Lakeland now takes a break from competition until the new year. The Muskies next will face Wheaton (Ill.) College and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in a pair of duals on Jan. 5 in Milwaukee.