Northland finishes 30th overall, 7th among non-scholarship JUCOs
Wrestling up a weight from where he spent the majority of the season, Northland wrestler Nathanael Holecek earned NJCAA All-American status with a seventh place finish at 184 pounds during this past weekend’s national tournament.
Holecek spent the majority of the 2016-17 season at 174 pounds and even competed at 165 for a stretch during the first semester. Prior to the post season, however, Holecek opted to go up to 184 pounds to allow Northland sophomore Mitchell Zachman to compete at 174.
The move paid off at the district tournament level where both Zachman and Holecek won NJCAA North District titles to advance to nationals.
The move up for Holecek also cleared the way for Mike Lambert to claim the spot at 165 and qualify for the national tournament. Overall, five Northland wrestlers competed at the NJCAA Championships in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Only Holecek advanced to the second day of the tournament, which features the top eight wrestlers at each weight. After a first round bye, he opened the tournament with a 2-1 win over Isaiah Cox of Iowa Lakes to advance to Friday night’s quarterfinals.
Holecek dropped a 7-1 decision to Logan Hagerbaumer of Lincoln before rebounding in the round of 12 to defeat Evan Makupson of Spartanburg Methodist 6-5 to guarantee a top-eight finish.
In Saturday morning’s consolation semifinal round, Holecek lost by 2-1 decision to Levi Perry of North Idaho in a match that was decided by a controversial stall call in the second period.
Holecek concluded the weekend with a dominant 7-2 win over Danny Bush of Iowa Central, who had opened the tournament as the number one-ranked wrestler at 184.
“Nathanael wrestled a very nice tournament, especially when you consider that he was giving up around 10 pounds most matches,” said Head Coach Scott DCamp. “His defense was very impressive, giving up just two takedowns the entire tournament.”
Also competing for the Pioneers were Anthony Vizcaino at 141; Lambert and Zachman at 165 and 174, respectively; and Desmond Bradford at heavyweight.
Vizcaino lost by 19-3 technical fall to second-ranked and eventual eighth place finisher Curtis Barnett of Northeastern Oklahoma to open the tournament; and his season ended with a 5-2 loss to fellow MCAC wrestler and seventh place finisher Lamont Cannon.
At 165, Lambert was the shadow of a shoulder blade away from victory in his first round match after he threw Ryan Winger of Wester Wyoming to his back. Lambert couldn’t secure the fall, however, and Winger came back to win the match by fall in the second period. Lambert’s tournament ended one round later with a loss by fall to Cody Kingery of Iowa Western.
MCAC 174-pound champ Zachman led 2-0 after one period of wrestling against Kalin Winkler of Otero. An injury early in the second period eventually cost Zachman the match and tournament as he was forced to injury default.
Bradford, an MCAC runner-up at heavyweight, also had a rough tournament, losing by fall to second-ranked and eventual third place finisher Lisiate “Richard” Anau of Northwest Wyoming; and again by fall to Wade French of Western Wyoming.
- 141 – Anthony Vizcaino, 0-2, DNP, def. by Curtis Burnett (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) 19-3; def. by Lamont Cannon (Minnesota West) 5-2.
- 165 – Mike Lambert, 0-2, DNP, def. by Ryan Winger, Western Wyoming, fall 3:41; def. by Cody Kingery, Iowa Western, fall 1:55.
- 174 – Mitchell Zachman, 0-1, DNP, def. by Kalin Winkler, Otero, fall 6:36; def. by Ryan Sebesta, Niagra County, medical forfeit.
- 184 – Nathanael Holecek, def. Isaiah Cox, Iowa Lakes, 2-1; def. by Logan Hagerbaumer, Lincoln, 7-1; def. Evan Makupson, Spartanburg Methodist, 6-5; def. by Levi Perry, North Idaho, 2-1; def. Danny Bush, Iowa Central, 7-2.
- 285 – Desmond Bradford, 0-2, DNP, def. by Lisiate “Richard” Anau, fall 0:34; def. by Wade French, Western Wyoming, fall 3:37.
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