Northland men finish 9th at NJCAA Wrestling Championships

Council Bluffs, Iowa – Northland freshman Ethan Horn recorded three bonus point wins to lead the Pioneers during the 2024 NJCAA Men’s Wrestling Championship Friday, March 1 at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Wrestling at 141 pounds, Horn scored 7.5 of the Pioneers’ 10 team points, which were good enough for ninth in the NJCAA Division 3 team standings.

Horn went 3-1 in the morning session with wins over Danny Ramirez Middlesex by fall, Eric Guy Jr., of Garrett by 14-0 major decision, and Kyle Simpson of Rowan College by fall, and a loss to Jazen Brown of Labette. Horn went into the evening session two wins away from a top-eight finish and All-American status. His run ended, however, with a loss by fall to River Wardle of Western Wyoming. Both of Horn’s losses were to All-Americans, with Wardle finishing third and Brown finishing seventh.

At 149, Northland freshman Mitchell Christen started the tournament fast with a 15-0 technical fall over Vinney Robles of Rowan College before he ran into a couple of buzzsaws. Christen lost by 17-2 technical fall to Ibrahim Kahn of Nassau and 19-3 technical fall to Anthony Bitner of Triton in the second round of wrestlebacks.

Northland’s other national qualifier, Josiah Crandall, dropped both of his matches at 125 pounds, losing by technical fall to Osvaldo Ocampo and by fall to RJ Jones of Carl Albert State.

The 2024 National Championships mark the first time since 2010 that the NJCAA separated Division 1 and Division 3 Schools in the team standings since 2010.

Northland Results
125 – Round 1 – Osvaldo Ocampo, Iowa Lakes D1, def. Josiah Crandall, Northland, technical fall 18-1; Consolation Round 1 – Josiah Crandall, Northland, received a bye; Consolation Round 2 – RJ Jones, Carl Albert State, def. Josiah Crandall, Northland, fall 2:07.

141 – Round 1 – Ethan Horn, Northland def. Danny Ramirez, Middlesex, Fall 2:53; Round 2 – Jazen Brown, Labette, def. Ethan Horn, Northland, Technical Fall, 18-2; Consolation Round 2 – Ethan Horn received a bye; Consolation Round 3 – Ethan Horn, Northland, def. Eric Guy Jr., Garrett, Major Decision 14-0; Consolation Round 4 – Ethan Horn, Northland, def. Kyle Simpson, Rowan County State College, Fall 2:34; Consolation Round 5 – River Wardle, Western Wyoming, def. Ethan Horn, Northland, Fall 1:08.

149 – Round 1 – Mitchell Christian, Northland, def. Vinny Robles, Rowan County State College, Technical Fall 15-0; Round 2 – Ibrahim Kahn, Nassau, def Mitchell Christian, Technical Fall 17-2; Consolation Round 2 – Anthony Bitner, Triton, def. Mitchell Christian, Technical Fall 19-3.

NJCAA National Championships Results

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