Local Sports Journal
The Muskegon Community College wrestling team finished second in the Midwest District/National Qualifier on Sunday at Triton College in River Grove, Ill.
In the process of finishing second to Lincoln College, the Jayhawks qualified nine of the 10 weight classes for the national tournament.
Lincoln College won the championship by finishing 12.5 points ahead of the Jayhawks in the tournament scoring.
“While we fell short of our goal to come in here and win the district, we are still in a good position to perform well at the national tournament,” said MCC coach Mark Brunger. “We have qualified nine wrestlers and all of them will be major point scorers for us at nationals.
Three Jayhawk grapplers finished as district champions: Steven Rupper (141), Riley Boomer (174) and Thomas Bolday (197).
Also qualifying for the national tournament were second-place finisher Brett Martin, third-place finishers Nick Starzec (149), Dillon Francisco (165) and fourth-place finishers Tyler Gibson (125), Andrew Nold (133) and fifth-place finisher Zach Johnston (184).
The NJCAA National Championships will be February 22-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Team scores: 1, Lincoln College 139.5; 2, Muskegon Community College 127; 3, Rend Lake College 109.5; 4, Harper College 99.5; 5, Triton College 64; 6, Kennedy King College 55.5; 7, Wright College 28; 8,Waubonsee College 24.5.