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JUCO Wrestling: NIACC’s Minto earns ICCAC wrestler of week award

This news story was published on March 9, 2021.
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MASON CITY – NIACC’s Christian Minto was selected as the ICCAC wrestler of the week for the week of March 1-7.

Minto, a sophomore from Cape Coral, Fla., claimed his second straight NJCAA North Central District title at 165 pounds on Sunday. Minto became the first NIACC wrestler to win back-to-back district titles since the school brought back wrestling in 2008.

Minto, who is top-ranked at 165, picked up a 21-2 technical fall over Indian Hills’ Neal Larsen in the district title match. He advanced to the championship match with a 16-1 technical fall over Iowa Western’s Fabian Padilla.

Minto, who is 5-0 with four technical falls, has outscored his opponents this season 81-9.

Minto, who was NJCAA runner-up at 165 pounds in 2020, has a career record of 27-1. He was selected as the 2020 ICCAC wrestler of the year.

In his 28 career matches, Minto has outscored his opponents 285-89.
Minto’s 2021 season:

Iowa Lakes dual (165 pounds)
Minto tech. fall Dallas Horne, 18-3.
Iowa Western dual (165 pounds)
Minto major dec. Fabian Padilla, 10-2.
Iowa Central dual (165 pounds)
Minto tech. fall Keaton Geerts, 16-1.
NJCAA North Central District (At Council Bluffs) (165 pounds)
Minto tech. fall Fabien Padilla (Iowa Western), 16-1; Minto tech. fall Neal Larson (Indian Hills), 21-2.
2021 record: 5-0 with 4 technical falls and 1 major decision.
Career record: 27-1 with 4 pins, 7 technical falls and 5 major decisions.

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