Northeastern Oklahoma A&M jumped out in front early and couldn’t be caught, winning the team title at the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association Wrestling Tournament with 169 team points. This was NEO A&M’s first wrestling team in 20 years, but its head coach Joe Renfro led his former team Labette Community College to two national championships and two second-place finishes in his 11 years at that college.
Northwest College came in second with 149 team points and Clackamas Community College was third with 139 team points.
“This was an extremely competitive tournament with outstanding wrestlers in every weight class, but Northeastern Oklahoma was solid across the board. They advanced nine of 10 wrestlers to the second day of competition and that gave them a significant lead in points that was hard to overcome.” said North Idaho College Athletics Director Al Williams.
Last year’s returning co-championship team and this year’s tournament host, NIC, came in sixth with 72 points and one national champion, 197-pounder Vincent Giulio. Giulio was also awarded the Outstanding Wrestler Award and his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal on the awards podium.
“The tournament had a wide open field without any returning national champions, so it was enjoyable to watch and see which wrestlers would reach the finals match,” Williams said. “This was an excellent representation of college wrestling for our fans to see and the crowds were enthusiastic. We’re honored to have had the opportunity to hold the tournament in our region.”
Final updates and information for each weight class are posted to the Track Wrestling website at http://www.trackwrestling.com/. Team Results1. Northeastern Oklahoma A & M 169.02. Northwest College 149.03. Clackamas Community College 139.04. Colby Community College 84.55. Neosho County Community College 83.06. North Idaho College 72.07. Iowa Central Community College 66.08. Ellsworth Community College 65.59. Muskegon College 62.010. North Iowa Area Community College 60.011. Rochester Community & Technical College 52.512. Iowa Lakes Community College 51.513. Iowa Western 51.014. Lincoln College 50.015. Southwestern Oregon Community College 45.016. Harper College 43.517. Darton College 39.518. Labette Community College 29.519. Mercyhurst 27.519. Spartanburg Methodist College 27.521. Niagara County Community College 24.022. Northwest Kansas Tech 23.023. Jamestown Community College 22.524. Gloucester Community College 22.025. Ridgewater College 19.526. Nassau Community College 19.027. Northland Community & Technical College 15.028. Itasca Community College 14.529. Highline Community College 12.530. Springfield Tech Community College 12.031. Waubonsee College 10.532. Bergen Community College 9.532. Pratt Community College 9.534. Western Wyoming College 9.035. Triton College 7.536. Middlesex Community College 6.037. SUNY Sullivan 5.038. Minnesota West Community & Technical College 0.038. Wentworth Junior College 0.0 All-Americans 1251st Alfredo Rodriguez, Iowa Lakes Community College 2nd Josh Walker, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M3rd Da’ Wayne Robertson, Ellsworth Community College4th Cody Vichi, Northwest College5th Tim Prescott, Neosho County Community College6th Matthew Nguyen, Southwest Oregon Community College7th Jake Bellis, Harper College8th Hunter Price, Colby Community College 1331st Cary Palmer, Clackamas Community College2nd John Dillon, Mercyhurst University North East3rd Zachary Cooper, Muskegon College4th Lemuel Johnson, Neosho County Community College5th Davion Caston, Darton State College6th Jake Nicholson, Jamestown Community College7th Darrell Pampkin, Iowa Central Community College8th Josh Ailey, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M 1411st Zach Loveless, Northwest College2nd Michael Williams, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M3rd Ronald Wells, Colby Community College4th Joe Munos, Rochester Community and Technical College5th Matt Gay, Southwest Oregon Community College6th Robbie Rizzolino, Clackamas Community College7th Peter Stewart, Iowa Western Community College8th Zach Wright, Darton State College 1491st Nosomy Pozo, North Iowa Area Community College2nd Zack Dobbins, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M3rd Jeff McCormick, Northwest College4th Daniel Pak, Gloucester Community College5th Tyler Nation, Iowa Western Community College6th Tyler Stenberg, Muskegon College7th Elijah Davis, Northwest Kansas Tech8th Blake Santi, Harper College 1571st Yoanse Mejias, North Iowa Area Community College2nd Richie Lewis, Iowa Central Community College3rd Mark Hobson, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M4th Eleazar DeLuca, Clackamas Community College5th Kyle Wade, Nassau Community College6th Konner Kriss, Colby Community College7th Anthony Smith, Darton State College8th Greg Jacquez, Harper College 1651st Diorian Coleman, Northwest College2nd Calvin Ochs, Colby Community College3rd Kyle Bateman, Clackamas Community College4th Ritchie Guillaume, Ellsworth Community College5th O’shea Smith-Traylor, Neosho County Community College6th David Frazier, Lincoln College7th Jordan Engen, Northland Community and Technical College8th Ryan Niven, Iowa Central Community College 1741st Payne Hatter, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M2nd Jared Johnson, Colby Community College3rd Garrett Miller, Rochester Community and Technical College4th Brandon Sorenson, Iowa Lakes Community College5th Cole McArthur, Northwest College6th Derrick Booth, North Idaho College7th Cody Carson, Pratt Community College8th Thomas Daniels, North Iowa Area Community College 1841st Adrian Salas, Clackamas Community College2nd Matt Hurford, Ellsworth Community College3rd Miles Nixon, Northwest College4th Tyler White, Labette Community College5th Austin Warren, Neosho County Community College6th Brandon Riggins, Springfield Technical Community College7th Kolbjorn Skaflestad, Southwest Oregon Community College8th Caleb Cotter, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M 1971st VJ Giulio, North Idaho College2nd Jonathan Wixom, Northwest College3rd Ihoghama Odighizuwa, Clackamas Community College4th Donavan Fouchey, Muskegon College5th Shelby Krout, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M6th Stephon Rudicil, Lincoln College7th Mike Amaro, Bergen Community College8th Dillon Archer, Neosho County Community College 2851st Dequence Goodman, Lincoln College2nd Malcolm Allen, Iowa Central Community College3rd Evan McGee, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M4th John Griswold, Spartansburg Methodist College5th Taylor Kornoely, North Idaho College6th Chris Schleuger, Iowa Western Community College7th Alex Yeager, Itasca Community College8th Brandon Johnson, Clackamas Community College Awards Ernest Gould Outstanding Wrestler Award: VJ Giulio, North Idaho College, 197 Bruce Traphagen Fall Award: Chris Schleuger, Iowa Western, 285 Joseph Rockenbach Sportsmanship Award: Zach Loveless, Northwest College, 141 Non-Scholarship Coach of the Year: Randy Rager, Rochester Community and Technical College Scholarship Coach of the Year: Joe Renfro, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M NJCAA Wrestling Man of the Year: Bob Purcell of Minnesota West Community and Technical College NJCAA Academic Team of the Year: With a team GPA of 3.49, Highline Community College from Des Moines, Washington Hall of Fame Inductees: Jose Medina, former Triton College and University of Nebraska at Omaha wrestler; Matt Lindland, former Clackamas Community College and University of Nebraska wrestler and Olympic athlete; former North Idaho College and Montana State University—Northern wrestler Kenny Rucker; and Pat Whitcomb, former North Idaho College, Oklahoma University, and Western Montana wrestler and four-time NJCAA championship head coach at NIC.