Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Golden Norse win NJCAA Junior College National title

By John Johnson | March 02, 2014, 7:50 a.m. (ET)
Rochester CTC is non-scholarship Champ!
NIC’s VJ Giulio is OW, Renfro and Rager Coaches of the Year!
By Johnnie Johnson ~ eWrestlingMedia

Spokane, Washington-- Although the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Golden Norse were in their first year as a newly reinstated program and came into the NJCAA National Wrestling Tournament ranked second, they would lead the tournament from wire-to-wire.

Going onto the finals, NEO had the NJCAA title locked up, and there wasn’t much room for movement within any of the top 15 teams. With their comfortable lead, NEO was looking for individual titles, but almost ended up being a team that would win a national title without an individual champion.

In the finals at 125-pounds, Alfredo Rodriguez (Iowa Lakes Community College) won by decision over Josh Walker (Northeastern Oklahoma A & M) by a 6-1 score. NEO would not fair any better at their next two weights as Zac Loveless (Northwest College) at 141 weight class, won by major decision over Michael Williams (NEO) by major decision, 9-0. Nosomy Pozo (North Iowa) also won by major decision over Zack Dobbins (NEO) by a 18-6 score.

NEO’s last chance for an individual champion came at 174-pounds, and the Golden Norse would get their wish as Payne Hatter (NEO) won by decision over Jared Johnson (Colby Community College) by a tally of 6-3.

In other finals matches, Cary J Palmer (Clackamas Community College) won the 133 title by a 4-0 decision over John Dillon (Mercyhurst) .

Yoanse Mejias would give North Iowa their second titlist at 157 as he would win by decision over Richie Lewis (Iowa Central) 7-3.

At 165, Diorian Coleman of Northwest would stop Colby’s Calvin Ochs with a 3-1 decision.

Back-to-back pins at 184 and 197 would add some great excitement at the NJCAA tournament Adrian Salas (Clackamas) won by fall over Matt Hurford (Ellsworth) with a 3:00 minute fall at 184. Vj Giulio (North Idaho) only needed 1:29 to pin Jonathan Wixom (Northwest), which would garnish the Cardinal the OW Award!!

In the final match of the night, Dequence Goodman (Lincoln) won by decision 4-3 over Malcolm Allen (Iowa Central) at 285.

In the Spokane Convention Center over the past two-days, the Golden Norse lead by Coach Joe Renfro had eight wrestlers in the quarter finals and led top ranked Clackamas, 42 to 34.5, with Northwest (WY) in third with 32 points.

After the quarters, Renfro and his squad from Northeast Oklahoma A & M pushed five wrestlers into the semifinals and widened their lead. In the semi-finals NEO would win four of five matches putting four Golden Norse in the finals and elevating their point total to 150 point, 26 points more than Northwest (WY) who has 124 points. The #4 Trappers moved ahead of top ranked Clackamas after the semis and the Cougars were third with 113 points.

After the semifinals and medal rounds for 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8th, the top fifteen were as follows: NEO maintained a twenty-five point lead with four finalists, Northwest Wyoming has 140 points and three finalists, and had a head-to-head match-up with NEO at 141-pounds. The Golden Norse’s lead gave them an insurmountable lead over the Trappers, making them a solid second. Top ranked Clackamas is 36 points off the lead, with two finalists, are pretty much locked into 3rd place.

At the end of the semifinals, and prior to the semifinal consolations, NEO would win four of five bouts starting at 125-pounds where Josh Walker (NEO) would win by decision over Matthew Nguyen (SW Oregon) by a score of 4-2. Michael Williams (NEO) would punch his ticket to the finals with a 5-3 decision over Matt Gay of SW Oregon. The Golden Norse’s Zack Dobbins would keep the string of wins going at 149 with a 5-1 victory over Tyler Nation (of Iowa Western. AT 174, Joe Renfro’s Norse would go 4-for-4 as Payne Hatter picked up bonus points with a major decisoinmajor decision over Brandon Sorenson of Iowa Lakes 14-2. won in sudden victory - 1 over Looking to go 5-for-5 in the semi’s, Evan McGee would take Malcolm Allen (Iowa Central) to over-time before falling by 3-1, sudden victory-1.

Tournament awards included NJCAA Wrestling Man of the Year went to Bob Purcell of Minnesota West Community and Technical College. The NJCAA Academic Team of the Year award went to Highline Community College from Des Moines, Washington.
with a team GPA of 3.49.

The newly elected NJCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductees included 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.

VJ Giulio, the 197-pound champion from North Idaho College, was named the Ernest Gould Outstanding Wrestler Award. The Bruce Traphagen Fall Award went to Iowa Westerns’s 285-pound Chris Schleuger. The Joseph Rockenbach Sportsmanship Award recipient was Zach Loveless, Northwest College. Coaches-of-the-year awards went to Randy Rager, Rochester Community and Technical College, Non-Scholarship Division, and to Joe Renfro, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, scholarship division.

at Spokane, Wash., March 1-2

125 Results
1st Place Match
Alfredo Rodriguez (Iowa Lakes) def. Josh Walker (NE Oklahoma A & M) - Dec 6-1
3rd Place Match
Da`Wayne Robertson (Ellsworth) def. Cody Vichi (Northwest) - MD 13-5
5th Place Match
Tim Prescott (Neosho County) def. Matthew Nguyen (Southwestern Oregon )- TF-1.5 6:24
7th Place Match
Jake Bellis (Harper) def. Hunter Price (Colby) - Fall 6:29

133 Results
1st Place Match
Cary J Palmer (Clackamas) def. John Dillon (Mercyhurst) - Dec 4-0
3rd Place Match
Zachary Cooper (Muskegon) def. Lemuel Johnson (Neosho County) - Fall 2:28
5th Place Match
Davion Caston (Darton) def. Jake Nicholson (Jamestown) - Dec 12-7
7th Place Match
Darrell Pampkin (Iowa Central) def. Josh Ailey (NE Oklahoma A & M) - SV-1 8-6

141 Results
1st Place Match
Zac Loveless (Northwest) def. Michael Williams (NE Oklahoma A & M) - MD 9-0
3rd Place Match
Ronald Wells (Colby )def. Joe Munos (Rochester CTC ) - Dec 3-2
5th Place Match
Matt Gay (Southwestern Oregon ) def. Robbie Rizzolino (Clackamas) - Dec 3-1
7th Place Match
Peter Stewart (Iowa Western) def. Zach Wright (Darton) - MD 11-2

149 Results
1st Place Match
Nosomy Pozo (North Iowa Area) def. Zack Dobbins (NE Oklahoma A&M) - MD 18-6
3rd Place Match
Jeff McCormick (Northwest) def. Daniel Pak (Gloucester) - Dec 3-2
5th Place Match
Tyler Nation (Iowa Western) def. Tyler Stenberg (Muskegon) - Dec 6-3
7th Place Match
Elijah Davis (Northwest Kansas Tech) def. Blake Santi (Harper) - Dec 3-1

157 Results
1st Place Match
Yoanse Mejias (North Iowa Area) def. Richie Lewis (Iowa Central) - Dec 7-3
3rd Place Match
Mark Hobson (NE Oklahoma A&M) def. Eleazar DeLuca (Clackamas) - Dec 6-3
5th Place Match
Kyle Wade (Nassau) def. Konnor Kriss (Colby) - Dec 12-6
7th Place Match
Anthony Smith (Darton) def. Greg Jacquez (Harper) - Dec 3-2

165 Results
1st Place Match
Diorian Coleman (Northwest) def. Calvin Ochs (Colby) - Dec 3-1
3rd Place Match
Kyle Bateman (Clackamas) def. Ritchie Guillaume (Ellsworth) - Fall 5:26
5th Place Match
O`shea Smith-Traylor (Neosho County) def. David Frazier (Lincoln) - Inj. 0:00
7th Place Match
Jordan Engen (Northland CTC) def. Ryan Niven (Iowa Central) - Dec 11-8

174 Results
1st Place Match
Payne Hatter (NE Oklahoma A&M) def. Jared Johnson (Colby )- Dec 6-3
3rd Place Match
Garrett Miller (Rochester CTC) def. Brandon Sorenson (Iowa Lakes) - Fall 5:15
5th Place Match
Cole McArthur (Northwest) def. Derrick Booth (North Idaho) - Dec 5-1
7th Place Match
Cody Carson (Pratt ) def. Thomas Daniels (North Iowa Area) - Forfeit

184 Results
1st Place Match
Adrian Salas (Clackamas) def. Matt Hurford (Ellsworth) - Fall 3:00
3rd Place Match
Miles Nixon (Northwest) def. Tyler White (Labette) - Dec 9-3
5th Place Match
Austin Warren (Neosho County) def. Brandon Riggins (Springfield Tech) - Inj. 0:00
7th Place Match
Kolbjorn Skaflestad (Southwestern Oregon) def. Caleb Cotter (NE Oklahoma A&M) - Dec 7-5

197 Results
1st Place Match
Vj Giulio (North Idaho) def. Jonathan Wixom (Northwest) - Fall 1:29
3rd Place Match
Ihoghama Odighizuwa (Clackamas) def. Donavan Fouchey (Muskegon) - MD 10-0
5th Place Match
Shelby Krout (NE Oklahoma A&M) def. Stephon Rudicil (Lincoln) - Dec 8-2
7th Place Match
Michael Amaro (Bergen) def. Dillon Archer (Neosho County) - MD 14-2

285 Results
1st Place Match
Dequence Goodman (Lincoln) def. Malcolm Allen (Iowa Central) - Dec 4-3
3rd Place Match
Evan McGee (NE Oklahoma A&M) def. John Griswold (Spartanburg Methodist) - Fall 3:00
5th Place Match
Chris Schleuger (Iowa Western) def. Taylor Kornoely (North Idaho) - Fall 3:13
7th Place Match
Alex Yeager (Itasca) def. Brandon Johnson (Clackamas) - Fall 2:33

NJCAA Wrestling Nationals: FINAL team scores 2014
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