UTICA — The host Utica Redskins wrestling team, decimated by injuries last season, is heading to this season’s team regional semifinals.
The Redskins took down Northridge, 45-26, and went on to easily thrash Newark Catholic, 69-7, in the regional quarterfinals of the Division III Region 21 Wrestling Dual Team Tournament on Wednesday at Utica High School.
Lifted by pins from 126-pounder Austin Parmer and Austin Burris (113), along with five forfeits, the Redskins were able to overcome a good performance from Northridge. The Vikings managed a pair of pins and five head-to-head wins, but they were missing some middleweight classes and a heavyweight.
“I knew Northridge was going to be tough,” said Utica coach Tim Jordan. “They have some guys that are absolute studs and they’re well coached. I knew they would make a run at us. They came to wrestle.”
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