Rochester, MN – Northland Technical & Community College wrestler Payton Jackson has been named the Athlete-of-the-Week among the wrestling programs in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference for the week ending Sunday, January 13.
Jackson wrestled his way to an impressive runner-up finish at the Ridgewater Open on Saturday, January 12. The freshman from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota second place finish scored nine team points for the Pioneers in the mid-season event. Jackson won by fall over Tristan Eastman of MCAC foe Ridgewater College by fall at the 3:30 mark and lost by fall to Taylor Jeffries of NCAA Division II Augustana (SD) fall at the 2:59 in the 133-pound championship match.
Across the MCAC, Rochester Community & Technical College is currently No. 18 in the NCJAA poll, while Jackson’s NCTC squad and Itasca Community College are both in the ‘Receiving Votes’ category.
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system. The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for the success of our student-athletes and competition among member institutions. The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student-athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty, and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.