Itasca Community College Vikings Returners

Eight wrestlers return to Itasca Community College’s 2020-2021 roster from a season ago, including four national qualifiers. Leading the way for the Vikings are Jamaal Baird 133/141, Davion Barnes 165/174, Austin Voss 165/174, and Larry Sanchez 174/184 with national tournament experience. Other wrestlers back and looking to make an impact are Hamartrya’ Trey’ Tharpe 184/197, Cole Walsh 174-197, Westyn Doubler 184/197, and Brady Gross 184/197.

Jamaal Baird 133/141 Deer River, MN
Program: Associates of Arts
Favorite Move: Double Leg
Accolades:
-National Qualifier
-4x MN State Qualifier
-State Place Winner
-3x Sectional Champ
Additional: Team Captain, Team Cardio Captain, 3.5 GPA

Returning team captain Jamaal Baird is looking to pick up where he left off. Jamaal was a national qualifier, losing by one point to the national runner up in the national qualifying tournament. “Jamaal is a straight forward wrestler who will not stop attacking and will give you every last drop of blood, sweat, and tears on and off the mat. He is a coach’s dream, listens well, wants to learn and get better, will do anything you ask, always wants to do extra work, and he is an excellent student,” Itasca Head Coach Joe Umlauf said of Jamaal. Jamaal has received multiple academic scholarships for his work ethic off the mat and in the classroom. Jamaal is looking to make a lot of noise this year, get on the top of the podium at nationals, and get some opportunities to continue his academic and athletic careers.

Davion Barnes 165/174 Tucson, AZ
Program: Associates of Arts
Favorite Move: High Crotch
Accolades:
-National Qualifier
-2x AZ State Qualifier
-State Place Winner
-Greco State Champ
Additional: Team Captain, Student Work-Study, 3.5 GPA

Davion Barnes: Returning national qualifier and “Yes Sir, Mr. Coach” attitude. Davion is a fantastic leader on and off the mat. He leads by example every day in the room, every day with his academics in the classroom and seeking out academic support, and in life with his laser-focused mentality and high moral character to do things the right way. “Davion came in at over 210 pounds last year. We had some injuries, and the team had a spot that needed to be filled. Davion approached the coaching staff about making the move to the open spot. With our nutrition consultant on staff and Coach Umlauf being a licensed sports nutrition personal trainer, Davion healthy lost 50 pounds in five weeks and wrestled 157 pounds all year for us. And he was very successful. He followed the nutrition plan to the T and put forth an amazing season,” Head Assistant Coach Charley Popp said. Barnes is looking to cap off his Itasca career with a 4.0 second season and getting on the national podium, leading to opportunities to continue wrestling.

Austin Voss 165/174 Mora, MN
Program: Engineering
Favorite Move: Fireman’s Carry
Accolades:
-National Qualifier
-MN State Qualifier
Additional: Team Captain, Director of Team Building

Returning national qualifier Austin is an extremely hard-nosed wrestler who will pass out before he stops moving. Voss is an engineering student at Itasca, which is not only one of the highly regarded associate’s degree engineering programs in the country, but an extremely rigorous program that included Austin taking more than 20 credits both semesters last year. “Voss not only got things done in the classroom, but he showed his true character when he got hurt a month out from the season. He wasn’t able to practice for the month leading into the national tournament. When asked if he wanted to wrestle in the national qualifier, Austin took it upon himself to convince the athletic trainers he was fine. Once he was cleared to wrestle at the national qualifier, he re-injured his previous injury. When in the emergency room, he received the call that he had received a wild card bid for the national tournament. “Down at the national tournament Austin was a limb short. He couldn’t even move his arm, but he insisted that we let him wrestle the rest of the season,” Head Assistant Charley Popp said. Austin went on to string together a few wins at nationals and was only two matches away from being on the podium. Voss is looking to finish up his engineering degree and transfer to get his bachelor’s degree in engineering and wrestle while looking to build on his national tournament performance and get on the podium this coming year.

Larry Sanchez 174/184 Minneapolis, MN
Program: Associates of Arts
Favorite Move: High Crotch
Accolades:
-National Qualifier
-2x MN State Qualifier
Additional: Strength Training Leader

Returning national qualifier, Larry Sanchez is an explosive offense wrestler. Larry is a member of the army national guard. “Sanchez is a talented, explosive wrestler. When he’s firing away on his attacks, look out cause he is looking to put people out,” Head Coach Umlauf said of Larry. Sanchez is looking for a dominant year two as he continues to grow and improve in the wrestling room. Larry is looking to get on the national podium at the end of the year. “Larry is so explosive, and just looking at him, you know he is explosive and an incredible athlete,” Coach Popp said. He went on to say, “We are looking for big things out of Larry this year, and he is going to be a huge part of our team’s success down the road”

Hamartrya’ Trey’ Tharpe 184/197 Kailua, HI
Program: Associates of Arts
Favorite Move: Fireman’s Carry
Accolades:
-Hawaii State Place Winner
-5th Place CIF California
Additional: Team Study Hall Coordinator, Student-Athlete Tutor

Returning to the team is Trey Tharpe of Hawaii. In high school, Trey was a state place winner, took 5th place at CIF California, and 3rd place at the Jim Londos Invitational. Last season Trey battled injuries while trying to compete. “Even when Trey knew he wasn’t going to be able to compete at the national qualifier as a starter and knew he was a little banged up, he still came to practice and was a huge reason why our team found so much success at the end of the year. He really helped our guys peak for the end of the year. A great team member and a great member of the Itasca Wrestling family. He is super talented, and I’m excited about what a consistent and healthy year does for him this year. Sky’s the limit for Trey,” Head Coach Umlauf said of Trey. Trey is looking to finish his associate’s degree and continue his education and wrestling career after his time at Itasca.

Cole Walsh 174-197 Alberta, Canada
Program: Class Act- Education (Social Studies/ History Education)
Favorite Move: Candian Body Lock
Accolades:
-2x Alberta Open Champ
-U17 Place Winner
-U19 Place Winner
Additional: Team Study Hall Coordinator, Student-Athlete Tutor

Big Alberta, Cole is a battler who does what the team asks of him. Last year he wrestled from 174 all the way to heavyweight. “Cole has the style to battle with a lot of different weight classes. He was a huge part of our team last year and a great team member,” Head Assistant Charley Popp said. Cole was a 2x Alberta Open Champion, LCI Invitational Champion, U17 Candian National Championship place winner, and U19 Canadian Greco National Championships place winner. Cole is looking to find a way back into the starting lineup this year and qualify for the national tournament.

Westyn Doubler 184/197 Maple Grove, MN
Program: Associates of Arts
Favorite Move: Lateral Drop
Accolades:
-2x All-Conference
-State Qualifier
Additional: Team Manager

Twin Cities wrestler, Westyn is looking to get healthy for this season. A season cut short by a concussion. Westyn was able to still help the team out in whatever way possible. “Westyn was a huge part of the team’s success behind the scenes. He showed the kind of team character we love to see and preach to our guys,” Head Coach Umlauf said of Westyn. Doubler was seen tutoring teammates, helping wrestlers prepare for upcoming matches and tournaments, and helping the coaching staff with day to day operations. Westyn is looking to finish up his associate’s degree this spring and continue his education moving forward.

Brady Gross 184/197 Blackduck, MN
Program: Natural Resource- Forest Resources
Favorite Move: Face Lift
Accolades:
-Returning 174 lbs Starter
-Big Bear Invite Runner Up
Additional: Team Captain 2019/2020

Sergeant Gross of the United States Marine Corps is back. Gross was the starting 174-pound wrestler at the start of the year. During the second semester, Sergeant Gross and his wife gave birth to their firstborn. Family came first, and Brady took the time to be with them. Brady is looking to finish up his Natural Resource Associates degree this year and continue wrestling in between family and school. “Brady is such a great guy to have on the team. He is a hard-working, personable, amazing teammate who is willing to help anyone on the team,” Coach Umlauf said.

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