Six Northland wrestlers head to Council Bluffs for National Tournament

Six Northland Community & Technical College wrestlers, three men and three women, will compete in the NJCAA National Wrestling Championships later this week in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

This is the second year that the NJCAA has hosted a National Women’s Invitational to run concurrently with the men’s national tournament. There is no qualifier, but the tournament has grown from 12 to 18 participating teams.

Representing the Northland women’s wrestling team are freshmen Arionna Beatty, Shelby Sherman, and Madelyn Gallant. Beatty is seeded fifth at 143 pounds and will face Mira Marchio of Joliet Junior College in the round of 16. Also competing at 143 pounds, Sherman will face Kylie Hulse of Carl Albert State in the round of 16.
Gallant is unseeded at 155 pounds. Following an opening-round bye, she will face the winner of sixth-seeded Genesis Gillmore of Indian Hills and unseeded Alexandra Martinez of Trinidad in the round of 16.

The Northland men’s wrestling team qualified three wrestlers for this year’s NJCAA National Championships. They are freshmen Josiah Crandall, Ethan Horn, and Mitchell Christen. The Pioneers will be busy right away, as all three wrestlers have pigtail matches just to get into the round of 32. Competing at 125 pounds, Crandall faces unseeded Osvaldo Ocampo of Iowa Lakes in his first match. At 141, Horn faces Danny Ramirez of Middlesex, and at 149, Christen faces Vinny Robles of Rowan County at Gloucester.

Northland Nationals Pr Collage

Session one wrestling begins at 9 a.m. Friday, March 1, with pigtails, round of 32, round of 16 and the first two rounds of consolation wrestling. Session two begins at 5:45 p.m. Friday night with the consolation rounds three and four, the championship quarterfinals, and consolation round five, also known as the blood round or All-American round. All wrestlers who make it to day two of the tournament will have earned a top-eight finish and All-American status. Session three wrestling begins at 9:30 a.m. with the championship semifinals and consolation quarterfinals. Session three also includes the consolation semifinals and placement matches. The tournament’s final session begins at 5:30 p.m. with opening ceremonies and hall of fame induction. Championship matches begin at 6 p.m.

The entirety of the 2024 NJCAA Men’s Wrestling Championship and Women’s Wrestling Invitational will be broadcast live on the NJCAA Network and will be available to view on-demand at the conclusion of each contest. The NJCAA Network is available through a variety of pay-per-view pricing options: Tournament Pass – $20; or All-Access Pass (all 2023-24 NJCAA Championship events) – $100.

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