College Roundup: Ridgewater wins a thriller against Western Tech

Feb. 4—WILLMAR — A baseline jumper at the buzzer by Que Long gave the Ridgewater men's basketball team its third straight victory.

The Warriors beat Western Tech 82-80 on Saturday. The win puts Ridgewater at 12-9 overall and 5-4 in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.

Down 80-77, Ridgewater tied the game with 3.5 seconds left when Aiden Wichmann hit a 3-pointer. He was fouled on the play but missed the free throw. The ball was knocked out of bounds by Western Tech, giving the Warriors the ball back with 1.9 seconds to go. Long took the inbounds pass and made the shot from 18 feet out.

Long, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard from Enid, Oklahoma, finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. He was one of five Ridgewater players to finish in double figures.

Khalid Muhumed led the Warriors with 16 points. Muhumed is a 6-2 freshman wing from Willmar. Noah Wilts (14), Marwin Abdi (12) and Aiden Wichmann (11) also scored in double digits.

Western Tech's Dalton Collins had a game-high 29 points. Cullen Rauls had a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

Ridgewater takes on St. Cloud Technical & Community College at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Cloud's Whitney Recreation Center.

Four of Ridgewater's six wrestlers reached the finals at the Northland Open in Thief River Falls.

Cole Holien, a sophomore from Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, won the 141-pound bracket with a 3-0 record. He won all three of his matches by fall, including a pin of Mary's Gabe Mortensen in 3 minutes, 18 seconds.

Austin Schlangen, a sophomore from Eden Valley-Watkins, won at 285 with a 3-0 record. In the championship match, he beat Concordia-Moorhead sophomore and Willmar grad Mason Swanson by a 10-6 decision.

Ross Meskimen, a sophomore from Rogers, went 2-0 on the way to a first-place finish at 184. He won by injury default in the finals against Itasca's London Kiser.

Brady Holien, a sophomore from ACGC, placed second at 149. Going 2-1, he lost to Itasca's Victor Garcia in a 15-4 major decision in the finals.

Along with Swanson's 2-1 tournament, Concordia-Moorhead had another area wrestler in the 285 tournament. Ayden Friese, a junior from Yellow Medicine East, was third with a 3-1 record.

Ridgewater goes to Collegeville at 7 p.m. Friday for a dual against St. John's.