Giulio takes national title, hand in marriage

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

Team Results
1. Northeastern Oklahoma A & M 169.0
2. Northwest College 149.0
3. Clackamas Community College 139.0
4. Colby Community College 84.5
5. Neosho County Community College 83.0
6. North Idaho College 72.0
7. Iowa Central Community College 66.0
8. Ellsworth Community College 65.5
9. Muskegon College 62.0
10. North Iowa Area Community College 60.0
11. Rochester Community & Technical College 52.5
12. Iowa Lakes Community College 51.5
13. Iowa Western 51.0
14. Lincoln College 50.0
15. Southwestern Oregon Community College 45.0
16. Harper College 43.5
17. Darton College 39.5
18. Labette Community College 29.5
19. Mercyhurst 27.5
19. Spartanburg Methodist College 27.5
21. Niagara County Community College 24.0
22. Northwest Kansas Tech 23.0
23. Jamestown Community College 22.5
24. Gloucester Community College 22.0
25. Ridgewater College 19.5
26. Nassau Community College 19.0
27. Northland Community & Technical College 15.0
28. Itasca Community College 14.5
29. Highline Community College 12.5
30. Springfield Tech Community College 12.0
31. Waubonsee College 10.5
32. Bergen Community College 9.5
32. Pratt Community College 9.5
34. Western Wyoming College 9.0
35. Triton College 7.5
36. Middlesex Community College 6.0
37. SUNY Sullivan 5.0
38. Minnesota West Community & Technical College 0.0
38. Wentworth Junior College 0.0


1st Alfredo Rodriguez, Iowa Lakes Community College
2nd Josh Walker, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M
3rd Da’ Wayne Robertson, Ellsworth Community College
4th Cody Vichi, Northwest College
5th Tim Prescott, Neosho County Community College
6th Matthew Nguyen, Southwest Oregon Community College
7th Jake Bellis, Harper College
8th Hunter Price, Colby Community College

1st Cary Palmer, Clackamas Community College
2nd John Dillon, Mercyhurst University North East
3rd Zachary Cooper, Muskegon College
4th Lemuel Johnson, Neosho County Community College
5th Davion Caston, Darton State College
6th Jake Nicholson, Jamestown Community College
7th Darrell Pampkin, Iowa Central Community College
8th Josh Ailey, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M

1st Zach Loveless, Northwest College
2nd Michael Williams, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M
3rd Ronald Wells, Colby Community College
4th Joe Munos, Rochester Community and Technical College
5th Matt Gay, Southwest Oregon Community College
6th Robbie Rizzolino, Clackamas Community College
7th Peter Stewart, Iowa Western Community College
8th Zach Wright, Darton State College

1st Nosomy Pozo, North Iowa Area Community College
2nd Zack Dobbins, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M
3rd Jeff McCormick, Northwest College
4th Daniel Pak, Gloucester Community College
5th Tyler Nation, Iowa Western Community College
6th Tyler Stenberg, Muskegon College
7th Elijah Davis, Northwest Kansas Tech
8th Blake Santi, Harper College

1st Yoanse Mejias, North Iowa Area Community College
2nd Richie Lewis, Iowa Central Community College
3rd Mark Hobson, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M
4th Eleazar DeLuca, Clackamas Community College
5th Kyle Wade, Nassau Community College
6th Konner Kriss, Colby Community College
7th Anthony Smith, Darton State College
8th Greg Jacquez, Harper College

1st Diorian Coleman, Northwest College
2nd Calvin Ochs, Colby Community College
3rd Kyle Bateman, Clackamas Community College
4th Ritchie Guillaume, Ellsworth Community College
5th O’shea Smith-Traylor, Neosho County Community College
6th David Frazier, Lincoln College
7th Jordan Engen, Northland Community and Technical College
8th Ryan Niven, Iowa Central Community College

1st Payne Hatter, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M
2nd Jared Johnson, Colby Community College
3rd Garrett Miller, Rochester Community and Technical College
4th Brandon Sorenson, Iowa Lakes Community College
5th Cole McArthur, Northwest College
6th Derrick Booth, North Idaho College
7th Cody Carson, Pratt Community College
8th Thomas Daniels, North Iowa Area Community College

1st Adrian Salas, Clackamas Community College
2nd Matt Hurford, Ellsworth Community College
3rd Miles Nixon, Northwest College
4th Tyler White, Labette Community College
5th Austin Warren, Neosho County Community College
6th Brandon Riggins, Springfield Technical Community College
7th Kolbjorn Skaflestad, Southwest Oregon Community College
8th Caleb Cotter, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M

1st VJ Giulio, North Idaho College
2nd Jonathan Wixom, Northwest College
3rd Ihoghama Odighizuwa, Clackamas Community College
4th Donavan Fouchey, Muskegon College
5th Shelby Krout, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M
6th Stephon Rudicil, Lincoln College
7th Mike Amaro, Bergen Community College
8th Dillon Archer, Neosho County Community College

1st Dequence Goodman, Lincoln College
2nd Malcolm Allen, Iowa Central Community College
3rd Evan McGee, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M
4th John Griswold, Spartansburg Methodist College
5th Taylor Kornoely, North Idaho College
6th Chris Schleuger, Iowa Western Community College
7th Alex Yeager, Itasca Community College
8th Brandon Johnson, Clackamas Community College


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.

Posted: Monday, March 3, 2014

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