The NIACC 184-pound sophomore topped Dylon Braun of Colby Community College 3-2 in double overtime in the quarterfinals Friday night at the NJCAA national tournament at the Jacobson Exhibition Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Minto (26-2) faces Muskegon’s Zachary Johnston in the semifinals Saturday morning. The finals are set for Saturday night.
“I want to win so bad,” Minto said. “I’m going in guns blazing.”
Minto, who placed fifth last season at 184 pounds, said he was confident in the overtime that he was going to come out on top.
“I knew I was going to get the escape and I was going to get the reversal,” Minto said. “I had it all planned out in my head, but I didn’t plan to go to double overtime.”
Minto admits that he needs to be more aggressive early in matches.
“It shouldn’t have really been double overtime,” Minto said. “I should have gotten my offense going before that.
“I’ve had pretty good conditioning this year and I knew I was going to beat him. My parents are here and my high school coach is here. I really couldn’t lose in front of them.”
NIACC’s Shakheim Chapman (197) and Alex Stockton (285) will join Minto in Saturday morning’s semifinals.
Chapman topped Muskegon College’s Thomas Bolday 8-2 in the 197 –pound quarterfinals.
Chapman (22-9) faces Wyoming Community’s Riley Argyla in the semifinals.
“He’s just so tall and lanky,” NIACC coach Steve Kelly said of Chapman. “He’s tough to wrestle against.
Stockton (16-12) downed Larry Carter of Harper College 4-0 in the 285-pound quarterfinals.
Stockton faces Clackamas Community College’s Jacob Mitchell in the semifinals.
“I think every time he goes out there he feels a little bit better,” said Kelly, whose team is in 11th place with 40 points. “Look at the body he has. I tell him to use his body. He’s a tall lanky kid and they’re not used to that. He has an advantage.”
Minto, Chapman and Stockton are guaranteed to place in the top six meaning they’ve earned all-American status and will become Kelly’s ninth, 10th and 11th all-Americans since he took over the program in the 2009-10 season.
The three are bidding to become NIACC’s first national champion since 2008 when the Trojans claimed three individual national titles.
“It’s a big day,” Kelly said. “We’ll get some food in them (Friday) night, but not too much – they have to weigh in (Saturday).”
Basil Minto (NIACC) vs. Zachary Johnston (Muskegon College).
Shakheim Chapman (NIACC) vs. Riley Argyla (Wyoming Community).
Alex Stockton (NIACC) vs. Jacob Mitchell (Clackamas Community College).
North Idaho 80, Labette CC 73, Nassau CC 61, Clackamas CC 58.5, Iowa Central 48.5, Western Wyoming 47, Northwest College 45, Harper CC 44.5, Lincoln College 44.5, Rend Lake College 42, NIACC 40.
NIACC first-round results
Chris Lantz (Bergen CC) pinned JP Gamez (NIACC), 6:47.
Brandon Owens (Darton College) pinned Zach Welter (NIACC), 1:52.
Steven Ruppert (Muskegon College) tech. fall Blake Spotts (NIACC), 16-1.
Sha-Keno Jenkins (NIACC) dec. Kyle Graumenz (Neosho County), 11-5.
Dillon Coe (NIACC) major dec. Don McGregor (Triton College), 15-5.
Ryan Zumalt (North Idaho) pinned Parker Sturges (NIACC), 2:39.
Basil Minto (NIACC) pinned Steve Conn (Clackamas CC), 2:31.
Shakheim Chapman (NIACC) dec. Ramel Hill (Springfield Tech), 3-1.
Alex Stockton (NIACC) dec. Trey Page (Labette CC), 6-2.
Championship second round
Kyle Wade (Nassau) major dec. Jenkins, 8-0.
Adam Will (Thaddeus Stevens College) dec. Coe, 5-3.
Minto pinned Archie Williams (Lincoln), 6:43.
Chapman dec. Cash Drylie (Colby), 4-3.
Stockton dec. Zane Peterson (Ridgewater), 6-1.
Barney Prince (Niagara) dec. Gamez, 4-1.
Welter major dec. Frank Wilczek (Ridgewater), 13-2.
Spotts dec. Darius Henderson (Lincoln College), 2-1; Blake Santi (Harper) pinned Spotts, 2:16.
Jenkins dec. Nick Starzec (Muskegon), 9-6.
David Booth (Itasca) dec. Coe, 8-1.
Sturges dec. John Marino (Triton College), 9-2; Sturges pinned Sean Dulom (Iowa Western), 2:56.
Minto dec. Dylon Braun (Colby CC), 3-2 (2OT).
Chapman dec. Thomas Bolday (Muskegon College), 8-2.
Stockton dec. Larry Carter (Harper College), 4-0.
Consolation second round
Nate Schwab (Mercyhurst North East) major dec. Welter, 16-5.
Ryan Guynup (Jamestown Community College) pinned Jenkins, 5:35.
Bryce Lewis (Colby Community College) pinned Sturges, 1:51.