COUNCIL BLUFFS - NIACC advanced three wrestlers to the quarterfinals Friday at the NJCAA Division I national wrestling tournament.
NIACC's Brock Luthens (133) and Hunter Luke (141) and Zach Santee (285) all won a pair of matches Friday morning to advance to Friday night's quarterfinals. After the morning and afternoon sessions, the Trojans are in 17th place with 15 points.
At 133 pounds, Luthens (11-7) stopped fourth-ranked Gage Gomez of Barton CC 8-6 in his first round match. Luthens topped Nassau's Anthony Sobotker 7-5 in his second-rounmd match.
At 141 pounds, Luke (15-6) blanked Northeast Oklahoma A&M's Corbin Nirschl 6-0 in his opening match. Luke stayed alive on the championship side of the bracket with a 4-3 win over Niagara's Freddy Eckles.
At 285 pounds, NIACC's Zach Santee (12-11) upset Western Wyoming's fifth-ranked Landon Brown 3-2 in his first round match. Santee pinned Triton's Christopher Colvin in four minutes, 39 seconds in his second-round match.
NIACC'S FIRST ROUND RESULTS
125 - Esco Walker (North Idaho) major dec. Mark Gonzales (N), 14-5.
133 - Brock Luthens (N) dec. Gage Gomez (Barton CC), 8-6.
141 - Hunter Luke (N) dec. Corbin Nirschl (Northeast Oklahoma A&M), 6-0.
149 - Enkhbold Sukhbaatar (Northwest Kansas) dec. Tony Mendoza (N), 7-3.
174 - Dalton Bernett (Itasca) major dec. Mason Carpenter (N), 10-2.
184 - Alex LaPierre (RCTC) dec. Reldon Miller (N), 4-3.
285 - Zach Santee (N) dec. Landon Brown (Western Wyoming), 3-2.
NIACC'S SECOND-ROUND CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
133 - Luthens (N) dec. Anthony Sobotker (Nassau), 7-5.
141 - Luke (N) dec. Freddy Eckles (Niagara), 4-3.
285 - Santee (N) pinned Christopher Colvin (Triton), 4:39.
NIACC'S FIRST ROUND CONSOLATION RESULTS
125 - Gonzales (N) dec. Dylan Wilkins (Muskegon), 7-3.
149 - Mendoza (N) dec. Kollin Wade (Colby), 11-5.
174 - Carpenter (N) dec. Adonis Morano (Ulster), 14-7.
184 - Miller (N) won by medical forfeit over Ben Gore (Highline), 2:35.
NIACC'S SECOND ROUND CONSOLATION RESULTS
125 - Tramon Jenkins (Spartanburg Methodist) pinned Gonzales (N), 4:20.
149 - Mendoza (N) pinned Kattrell Jackson (Niagara), 3:09.
174 - Jacquan McPherson (Lackawanna) pinned Carpenter (N), 4:51.
184 - Miller (N) dec. Joey Ewalt (Barton), 10-9.