COUNCIL BLUFFS - Seven NIACC wrestlers will compete in the NJCAA Division I national tournament Friday and Saturday at the Mid-America Center.
The Trojans placed third at the NJCAA Central District with 115.5 points on Feb. 10 in the NIACC gym.
The first round of the national tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The second round and first and second-round consolation matches are slated for noon on Friday.
NIACC's Mendoza (17-6) enters the national tournament ranked sixth at 149 pounds. Mendoza faces fourth-ranked Enkhbold Sukhbaatar of Northwest Kansas in the first round.
NIACC'S FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS
(National rankings in parentheses)
125 - Mark Gonzales (6-6) received a first-round bye. Gonzales faces winner of Dylan Wilkins (Muskegon)/(2) Zeth Brower (Clackamas) in second round.
133 - Brock Luthens (9-7) vs. (4) Gage Gomez (Barton)
141 - Hunter Luke (13-6) vs. Corbin Nirschl (Northeast Oklahoma A&M)
149 -(6) Tony Mendoza (17-6) vs. (4) Enkhbold Sukhbaatar (Northwest Kanasas)
174 - Mason Carpenter (8-3) vs. Dalton Bernett (Itasca)
184 - Reldon Miller (9-11) vs. (6) Alex LaPierre (RCTC)
285 - Zach Santee (10-11) vs. (5) Landon Brown (Western Wyoming)
9:30 a.m. - First-round preliminaries
Noon - Second-round preliminaries, first-round consolation, second-round consolation.
6:15 p.m. - Championship quarterfinals, third-round consolation, fourth-round consolation.
10:30 a.m. - Championship semifinals, consolation quarterfinals.
Noon - Consolation semifinals.
1:15 p.m. - Consolation finals (3rd, 5th and 7th place matches)
6:30 p.m. - Parade of all-Americans and Wrestling Coaches Association awards presentation
7 p.m. - Championship matches.