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NIACC wrestling team qualifies nine for nationals

This news story was published on February 12, 2013.
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Basil Minto

Basil Minto

WILLMAR, Minn. – The NIACC wrestling team qualified nine wrestlers for the NJCAA national tournament at Sunday’s North Central district, which includes Region XI and Region XIII, at Ridgewater College.

The NJCAA national meet is set for Feb. 22-23 in Des Moines.

NIACC’s freshman Dillon Coe (157 pounds) and sophomore Basil Minto (184 pounds) both placed second at the district tournament. Minto, who placed fifth at national a year ago, entered the district tournament ranked No. 1 at 184 pounds.

The Trojans received a third-place finish from freshman 197-pounder Shakheim Chapman and fourth-place finishes from freshman Zach Welter (133 pounds) and freshman Sha-Keno Jenkins (149 pounds).

Placing sixth and earning national wild-card berths for the Trojans were freshman JP Gamez (125 pounds), freshman Blake Spotts (141 pounds), freshman Parker Sturges (165 pounds) and freshman 285-pounder Alex Stockton.

The top five wrestlers at each of the 10 weight classes qualify for the NJCAA national meet and sixth-place finishers could earn wild-card berths.

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