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Northeastern Oklahoma takes NJCAA wrestling tournament title

Lincoln College finishes 14th overall

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[March 04, 2014]  SPOKANE, Wash. —  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 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 www.trackwrestling.com.



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

20.  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 -- 9.0

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

33.  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.  West Community & Technical College -- 0.0

39.  Wentworth Junior College -- 0.0






1.      Alfredo Rodriguez, Iowa Lakes Community College               

2.      Josh Walker, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M

3.      Da’ Wayne Robertson, Ellsworth Community College

4.      Cody Vichi, Northwest College

5.      Tim Prescott, Neosho County Community College

6.      Matthew Nguyen, Southwest Oregon Community College

7.      Jake Bellis, Harper College

8.      Hunter Price, Colby Community College



1.      Cary Palmer, Clackamas Community College

2.      John Dillon, Mercyhurst University North East

3.      Zachary Cooper, Muskegon College

4.      Lemuel Johnson, Neosho County Community College

5.      Davion Caston, Darton State College

6.      Jake Nicholson, Jamestown Community College

7.      Darrell Pampkin, Iowa Central Community College

8.      Josh Ailey, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M



1.      Zach Loveless, Northwest College

2.      Michael Williams, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M

3.      Ronald Wells, Colby Community College

4.      Joe Munos, Rochester Community and Technical College

5.      Matt Gay, Southwest Oregon Community College

6.      Robbie Rizzolino, Clackamas Community College

7.      Peter Stewart, Iowa Western Community College

8.      Zach Wright, Darton State College



1.      Nosomy Pozo, North Iowa Area Community College

2.      Zack Dobbins, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M

3.      Jeff McCormick, Northwest College

4.      Daniel Pak, Gloucester Community College

5.      Tyler Nation, Iowa Western Community College

6.      Tyler Stenberg, Muskegon College

7.      Elijah Davis, Northwest Kansas Tech

8.      Blake Santi, Harper College

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1.      Yoanse Mejias, North Iowa Area Community College

2.      Richie Lewis, Iowa Central Community College

3.      Mark Hobson, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M

4.      Eleazar DeLuca, Clackamas Community College

5.      Kyle Wade, Nassau Community College

6.      Konner Kriss, Colby Community College

7.      Anthony Smith, Darton State College

8.      Greg Jacquez, Harper College




1.      Diorian Coleman, Northwest College

2.      Calvin Ochs, Colby Community College

3.      Kyle Bateman, Clackamas Community College

4.      Ritchie Guillaume, Ellsworth Community College

5.      O’shea Smith-Traylor, Neosho County Community College

6.      David Frazier, Lincoln College

7.      Jordan Engen, Northland Community and Technical College

8.      Ryan Niven, Iowa Central Community College




1.      Payne Hatter, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M

2.      Jared Johnson, Colby Community College

3.      Garrett Miller, Rochester Community and Technical College

4.      Brandon Sorenson, Iowa Lakes Community College

5.      Cole McArthur, Northwest College

6.      Derrick Booth, North Idaho College

7.      Cody Carson, Pratt Community College

8.      Thomas Daniels, North Iowa Area Community College





1.      Adrian Salas, Clackamas Community College

2.      Matt Hurford, Ellsworth Community College

3.      Miles Nixon, Northwest College

4.      Tyler White, Labette Community College

5.      Austin Warren, Neosho County Community College

6.      Brandon Riggins, Springfield Technical Community College

7.      Kolbjorn Skaflestad, Southwest Oregon Community College

8.      Caleb Cotter, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M




1.      VJ Giulio, North Idaho College

2.      Jonathan Wixom, Northwest College

3.      Ihoghama Odighizuwa, Clackamas Community College

4.      Donavan Fouchey, Muskegon College

5.      Shelby Krout, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M

6.      Stephon Rudicil, Lincoln College

7.      Mike Amaro, Bergen Community College

8.      Dillon Archer, Neosho County Community College




1.      Dequence Goodman, Lincoln College

2.      Malcolm Allen, Iowa Central Community College

3.      Evan McGee, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M

4.      John Griswold, Spartansburg Methodist College

5.      Taylor Kornoely, North Idaho College

6.      Chris Schleuger, Iowa Western Community College

7.      Alex Yeager, Itasca Community College

8.      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; and Pat Whitcomb, former North Idaho College, Oklahoma University, and Western Montana wrestler and four-time NJCAA championship head coach at NIC.

[Text received from JEFF NELSON, Lincoln College]

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