COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – The Western Wyoming Community College wrestling team wrapped up another successful season at the 2020 National Junior College Athletic Association wrestling championships in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
This year’s Region IX champions and three-times Rocky Mountain District Champions closed out nationals in sixth place having earned 100 team points.
Of the 10 wrestlers who made the trip to Iowa, Western Wyoming brought back seven all-Americans, including 197-pound national champion Tucker Tomlinson.
Tomlinson won his championship bout via a 3-1 sudden victory. He escaped with the win after earning two last-second points against a familiar foe, Majid Muratov of Northwest College.
Western Wyoming had three more wrestlers place inside the top five of their weight classes. Anthony Herrera and Landon Brown wrestled their way through the brackets and into fourth place. Freshman Jace Anderson wasn’t far behind as he placed fifth.
As for Kedric Coonis and Andrew Nicholson, the sophomore standouts finished the tournament in seventh place. Joey Revelli, another sophomore on the roster, finished eighth.
All-American honors went to Mustangs Coonis, 141 pounds; Revelli, 149; Herrera, 157; Nicholson, 174; Anderson, 184; Tomlinson, 197; and Brown 285.
Not only was it another outstanding season on the mat, but also in the classroom. Due to having the highest team GPA, Western Wyoming Community College was awarded the 2020 Academic Team of the Year.
“I am so proud of this team,” Western Wyoming head coach Art Castillo said. “We had a group of outstanding young men this year. To return home seven all-Americans and one national champion is a good feeling. In addition to having the team with highest GPA in the nation. That is a huge honor. As a coach, I couldn’t be more proud.”
Castillo added, “Overall, I thought the tournament went well. We had a few things not go our way. We had a returning all-American come in 1 pound over weight and not able to wrestle, so that hurt us. Not getting as many bonus points also hurt.
“I knew toward the end that it was going to come down to bonus points; we just weren’t able to take advantage. Sometimes crazy things like that happen and you have to learn to adapt quickly.
“I thought our guys did a great job overcoming those obstacles. Despite coming up short of where we wanted to finish, we still have a lot to celebrate.
“I am proud of the season we had as a whole and with our progression. The team is already looking forward to next year. None of us are going to be satisfied until we win the whole thing (nationals).”
2020 National Junior College Athletic Association championships
1. Clackamas 133.5
2. Northeast Oklahoma 108.5
3. Iowa Western 104
3. Rochester 104
5. Ellsworth 101
6. Western Wyoming 100
7. Nassau 70
8. Iowa Central 69
9. North Idaho 68
10. Niagara 62
47. Lackawanna 0.5
47. Ulster 0.5
Dalton Stutzman (125)
Tommy Russell, Triton, won by fall over Dalton Stutzman, 2:49
Won by fall over Chris Romero, Minnesota West, 0:40
Clarence Lee-Green, NIACC, won by fall over Dalton Stutzman, 0:31
Kyle Evans (133) did not make weight
Austin Rudslnki, Joliet, won by DQM over Kyle Evans
Thomas Hoffman, CamdenCounty, won by DQM over Kyle Evans
Kedric Coonis (141) – seventh place
Won by decision over Drew Burgoon, Barton, 7-0
Won by decision over Robert Hall Jr, IowaLakes, 14-10
Marckis Branford, Clackamas, won by decision over Kedric Coonis, 9-5
Won by decision over Van Bray, Northwest, 9-2
Mason Gray, Niagara, won by fall over Kedric Coonis, 2:27
Won by major decision over Bryan Jones, Muskegon, 8-0
Joey Revelli (149) — eighth place
Won by decision over RJ Driscoll, Lackawanna, 3-1
Martin Margolis III, Clackamas, won by decision over Joey Revelli, 3-2
Won by technical fall over Corey Eyer, Bergen, 16-1
Won by fall over Nolan Miller-Johnston, Iowa Central, 4:21
Won by decision over Kaena Desantos, Colby, 2-1
Deville Dentis, Iowa Lakes, won by decision over Joey Revelli, 3-2
Brayden Lowry, Northwest, won by decision over Joey Revelli, 3-1
Anthony Herrera (157) – fourth place
Won by decision over Jayden Johnson, Thaddeus Stevens, 8-3
Won by fall over Spencer Head, Mercyhurst, 4:08
Jonny Towbridge, Northeast Oklahoma, won by decision over Anthony Herrera, 7-2
Won by major decision over Sebastian Robles, Northeastern, 13-3
Won by fall over Dallas Boone, Neosho, 6:32
Won by decision over Chance Fry, Iowa Western, 8-6
Jonny Towbridge, Northeast Oklahoma, won by decision over Anthony Herrera, 6-3
Jared Bird (165)
Chinges Tsermaa, Nothwest Kansas Tech, won by decision over Jared Bird, 8-6
Jeff Nugent, Harper, won by fall over Jared Bird, 1:37
Andrew Nicholson (174) – seventh place
Won by fall over Jacob Knight, Bergen, 3:46
Won by fall over Noah Boles, Joliet, 5:45
Jayden Smith, NortheastOklahoma, won by decision over Andrew Nicholson, 7-4
Won by decision over Jesus Nunez, Cowley, 6-2
Tyler Baer, Rowan, won by technical fall over Andrew Nicholson, 22-6
Won by forfeit over Austin Hinzman, IowaLakes
Jace Anderson (184) – fifth place
Won by fall over Dymtro Lakusta, Spartanburg Methodist, 0:29
Won by decision over Hunter Gregerson, North Idaho, 9-4
Won by fall over Nick Mihajlovich, Harper, 4:53
Rozell Baker, Ellsworth, won by fall over Jace Anderson, 1:19
Josh Mcfarland, Iowa Western, won by fall over Jace Anderson, 4:39
Won by fall over Nick Mihajlovich, Harper, 6:37
Tucker Tomlinson (197) – first place
Won by decision over Ja’quez Bostic, Iowa Central, 3-2
Won by decision over Kai Olson, HighlineCollege, 6-4
Won by decision over Curtis Thomas, Rowan, 6-1
Won by decision over Richard Hammonds, Rochester, 4-3
Won by decision over Majid Muratov, Northwest, 3-1
Landon Brown (285) – fourth place
Won by major decision over Hunter Marhan, MiddlesexCounty, 11-0
Won by decision over Tommy Mommer, Clackamas, 4-3
Won by technical fall over Jackson Schenk, St.ClaireCounty, 17-2
Darrell Mason, Ellsworth, won by fall over Landon Brown, 2:21
Won by decision over Tommy Mommer, Clackamas, 7-1
Dan Baker, Northeast Oklahoma, won by fall over Landon Brown, 1:29