The Montana State University-Northern wrestling team is coming off a pretty successful trip to Wyoming last weekend.
Now, the Lights will foray back to Wyoming for more tournament action. Northern, ranked No. 12 in the NAIA, will partake in the Trapper Open Saturday, hosted by Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo.
The Lights are 1-1 in dual action on the season, and will host Northwest next week in Havre. Northern attended its first tournament of the year, the Cowboy Open in Laramie last Saturday, and got four third-place finishes, including outstanding performances by Ethan Hinebauch and Max Payne in the Elite Division.
Both Hinebauch (165) and Payne (174) lost just once in the tournament, as did sophomore Hunter Azure. Several unattached wrestlers, like Eli Hinebauch, Jared Miller and Travis Williams, also did very well Saturday. Williams, at heavyweight, was the fourth Light to place third.
As for the competition, the Trapper Open will be a little smaller but somewhat similar to what the Lights saw in Laramie. Northern’s top rival, sixth-ranked UGF will also be in attendance Saturday, and once again, several Lights will likely end up going head-to-head with the Argos.
November has already been a busy month for the Lights, and it will continue to be.
MSU-N is home to host the Trappers next Thursday, and the Lights are in Spokane, Wash., for Inland Northwest Collegiate Tournament next Sunday. The Lights close out the month with the annual Battle of the Rockies Duals and Battle of the Rockies Open in Great Falls Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
The Trapper Open runs all day Saturday in Powell, Wyo. The Lights are set to host the Trappers in a dual meet next Thursday at 7 at the Armory Gymnasium.